Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, October 26 2017

Bench 1775 - Video

By: Anthony Gismondi
Reflection on a young wine region

The 20 kilometer-long Naramata Bench begins at Penticton, British Columbia, and runs north along the east side bluffs above Okanagan Lake.

The narrow strip of precious vineland sits in the center of B.C.'s largest wine region, the Okanagan Valley. The many wineries and vineyards that occupy the bench have been founded by a patchwork of people from different countries and varying economic backgrounds, and levels of expertise in winegrowing. In the beginning, many settled and planted what they loved to drink and the forgiving site meant that, surprisingly, many thrived.

Valeria Tait is the General Manager, winemaker and viticulturist of the six-year-old Bench 1775 winery, located at almost the half-way mark of the Bench. She comments on how such variety can exist and on the evolution of winegrowing from her perspective as a 27-year veteran of working in vineyards throughout Okanagan Valley. We learn a bit more about what it’s like to be the new kid on the block and her approach to running a winery.

While we interview Tait in the video below, you'll enjoy the stunning views from their patio and glimpse at the laid-back lifestyle of the Okanagan Valley. You'll want to see the final shot.


Learn more: Bench 1775

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. He is currently in his 29th year as the wine columnist at the Vancouver Sun and a Partner and Principal Critic at www.winealign.comAnthony is also the co-host of the longest running, weekly, wine and food show in Canadian radio: The Best of Food and Wine. You can listen to the show across the Best of Food and Wine Radio Network multiple times per week. For air times in your city, or to listen live on the internet, check here.