The Okanagan wine industry has undergone a tremendous quality evolution over the past quarter century. From random plantings, to identifying and understanding the diversity of soil conditions and microclimates to ensuring specific grape varieties are grown in appropriate vineyard sites to reflecting the vineyard in the bottle. Explore the journey and taste the wines with many of the wine professionals responsible for the innovation and quality evolution.
Panelists: David Scholefield (Okanagan Crush Pad); George Heiss (Gray Monk); Sandra Oldfield (Tinhorn Creek); Howard Soon (Sandhill); Donald Triggs (Culmina)
Moderator: Michael Bartier (Bartier Bros) – Michael Bartier grew up in the Okanagan Valley. After receiving a degree from the University of Victoria and working in wine sales on Vancouver Island, he returned home to the Okanagan. Through on-the-job training, university extension, and distance learning at Washington State University and University of California Davis, Michael worked his way into a winemaking position. He quickly made a name for himself: first as a maker of white wines, earning two Canadian White Wine of the Year titles within three years, and then as a maker of red wines with several consecutive Lieutenant Governor’s awards for his red wines.
- seminars will start promptly
- please arrive 10 minutes before the seminar start time