British Columbia pinot noir continues to amaze us with the speed with which it is maturing and turning into a serious sector of the B.C.
wine market. The latest statistics place pinot noir as the second most planted red grape by acres in the province,e with 1,331.94 acres in the ground, having grown 68% between 2008 and 2019. The growth is far more than any other widely planted red. And the expansion looks unabated, especially as more and more cooler sites come into play with climate warming.
As mentioned before, the exorbitant price of Burgundy has all but eliminated it from the diet of most wine lovers other than the super-rich leaving the field wide open to all the newcomers that brings no more than three of four decades of experience to the game and, in some cases, much less.
This month we share another updated Top 10 list of B.C. pinot noir with ties, recently tasted. Many are selling fast, so what is unavailable at the winery could still be in private wine shops or restaurants. Good hunting.In the photo above: Dan Wright, winemaker for Unsworth Vineyards in the Cowichan Valley, is with Frédéric Desbiens and Ingrid Lehwald, owners of Saison Vineyards.