Ruminations: One of the Wine Industry’s Colossal Questions

Does wine begin in the vineyard or in the winery? I was honoured that Valerie asked me to be part of this piece. Cheers!

The Demystified Vine

On January 31st, 2014, at the Vancouver Public Library, wine lovers and experts alike had the opportunity to come together to discuss one of the wine industry’s colossal questions: Does wine begin in the vineyard or in the winery?

Some of British Columbia’s biggest names were in attendance at The Grape Debate to assist with the discussion, including:
*Sid Cross — Honorary President of the International Wine & Food Society
*Ann Sperling — Winemaker for Sperling Vineyards and Clos du Soleil
*Val Tait — Co-owner and GM at Bench 1775
*David Scholefield — VP Wine Strategy, Wine Advisor, Okanagan Crush Pad
*Kathy Malone — Winemaker for Hillside Winery
*Howard Soon — Master Winemaker for Sandhill Wines

The debate was moderated by talented DJ Kearney.

Many folks were discussing their points of view prior to the panel sharing their viewpoints, and it was intriguing to see how intently folks…

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  1. interesting and ironic…we were just discussing this last night. Well, to be honest, we discuss this a lot! lol!!!!! Whether a wine is “designed” because of not so good grapes, or fine becuase of the soil…


  2. Fun conundrum … I enjoyed the article. Very exciting to have Canadian and Australian wine experts comparing experiences from their own vineyards! The times they are a changing… Or is that the temperature that is changing?


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