Wine Facts

A 2-minute prepared speech on some aspect of wine!

Wine Facts – June 6 2017  – Presenter :  Carole Bertrand

To Decant or Not to Decant…That is the Question!!

There are two main reasons to decant wine…

One is to separate the wine from the sediment –

The other is to aerate the wine.

Decanting softens the tannins and lessens the astringency of wines.

Many wines, old and young can benefit from this procedure.

It’s a trend that is even extending to champagnes and sparklings !

It all comes down to a matter of personal taste. Worth a try!!


Wine Facts – June 20 2017  – Presenter :  Moe Murdoch

The Okanagan Valley, Making a Difference in Canadian Wine History

One of the top ten wine regions in the world…is not the Okanagan…however…I think it is, so I’m going to tell you a bit about it.

The Okanagan Valley wine history started back in 1859 when a French missionary by the name of Father Charles Pandosy planted the first vines to make wine for church sacramental purposes.

Following that many more vines were planted and wineries opened until the early 1900’s when prohibition started and most of the vines had to be pulled and the wineries closed.  Luckily in the late 1920’s, early 1930’s prohibition ended; vines were planted again and more wineries were opened.

Fast forward to the 1980’s when the next significant development happened in the Okanagan Valley wine history.  The Canadian government started a vine-pulling scheme where they paid vineyards to pull out their non-vinifera vines and replace them with vinifera vines.  The vinifera vines produce a higher quality, more typical wine grape used in the areas of the world known for the best wines.  This change significantly improved the Okanagan Valley wines, making them more desirable locally and worldwide.

Today the valley has more than 200 vinyards and more than 120 vinyards, of which I plan to visit as many as I can.

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