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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, July 29 2021

Frind Estate Winery

By: Anthony Gismondi
Episode 3: The Finish Line

We conclude our series on Frind Estate with a closer look at the vineyards currently under development in the North Okanagan.

We also speak with senior winemaker Eric von Krosigk who shares the plan on what is going into the ground and how he and owner Markus Frind have set their sights on producing the highly-prized but elusive 100-point cabernet sauvignon.

Finally, we look at one of the few tasting rooms and restaurants in the world where you can arrive on a stand-up paddleboard or pull your boat up to a dock. Despite Frind’s predilection for technology, he has focused on the visceral aspects that bring people to the Okanagan — the lake, the sun, good food and wine enjoyed with friends. Whether he built a place that suited his desires as a resident down the road from the winery or created it from his shrewd data analysis, the brisk business seen in the bakery café and patio restaurant during our visits shows that he’s tapped into something special. As he looks ahead, perhaps his grandiose wine plans will resonate in the same way. 

Further viewing and Tasting Notes: 

Frind Estate Winery - Episode 1: The Idea

Frind Estate Winery - Episode 2: The Technology

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.