THE ADVOCATE 851
VOL. 78 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2020
By Paul Daykin, Q.C., and Bruno De Vita, Q.C.*
B.C. is the here and now. The combination of the grape varieties you’re
planting and the vineyard expression is perfect. I’ve always described B.C.
as the Old World of the New World, because the New World is always trying
to do something different. You’re doing what I think the Old World has done,
and you’re tending to do it well and better.
A TASTE OF THE OKANAGAN VALLEY
The summer of 2020, profoundly transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic,
was the season in which British Columbians cancelled foreign travel and set
out instead to rediscover the delights of our home province. The Okanagan
was one of the most popular getaways, and many of us took the opportunity
to explore our own wine region and taste its offerings. The wineries, when
they were permitted to reopen, welcomed visitors with tours and tastings.
What we learned, and perhaps what we always knew, is that the Okanagan,
with its rolling benchlands and arid hills punctuated by green vineyards
perched alongside clear blue lakes, is more visually stunning than its
counterparts in Napa, Sonoma or Burgundy. But how about the wine? How
do our best wines stack up against their counterparts in Europe and California?
Do our wines deserve Mr. Spurrier’s praise?
* Messrs. Daykin and De Vita are guest contributors to this column, permitting its regular writer, Michael Welsh, Q.C., to rest
his palate and his pocketbook. They acknowledge the assistance of Greg Bridges, who helped to acquire some of the wines
featured in this article.