Gothea��s wit a fine wine match – April 18, 2015

By Anthony Gismondi

We lost noted Vancouver broadcaster and wine and food scribe Jurgen Gothe last week after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Gothe long covered wine in this market for several outlets and he took a particular interest in B.C. wine right from its very formative years.

There are not that many folks left who are familiar with such early estate wine releases as those of Claremont Winery in Peachland or Uniacke Estate, a winery that later changed its name to CedarCreek Estate Winery in East Kelowna.

Gothe and I, and local author John Schreiner, were often among the first to taste the latest in British Columbia wine over the last 25 years but Gothe was the trailblazer, always willing to taste any wine made in the province, at a time when many were, well, a painful experience. Gothe saw the bigger picture early on.

Wine a�� especially, newfangled, unknown wine, wine with no pretension or at least no reason to be pretentious a�� was the perfect foil to Jurgena��s curiosity and wit and he could have a big effect on a fledgling winerya��s reputation back in the day.

I remember our first meetings with much trepidation. Gothe was so well known and, while a shy man, he spoke publicly in such an easy manner. He would often speak about a winery or winemaking or a dinner or a chef relating it to the wine we were drinking, drawing the audience in like a salmon on a long line. It was an extension of his radio persona perfected on the long running Disc Drive, his internationally acclaimed, CBC show.

With Gothe the wine always got a fair shake, and he never used a dozen words to describe its attributes if one or two would do. a�?Delicious,a�? or a�?gulp-ablea�? come to mind.

Gothe was a fan of all the arts, and an even bigger fan of food. Ia��m pretty sure there wasna��t anything that he wouldna��t taste, raw or cooked. His love of food and restaurants saw him voted as one of the 12 most influential Canadian foodies of the millennium by Chatelaine in 2000.

Quirky is one word you could use to describe Gothea��s take on wine. Several years ago he presented a one man wine show called Up Your Glass! at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. It was billed as a riotous evening of wine, stories and song and Gothe unleashed a two-act, 90-minute comedy that left few wine writers, sommeliers or winemakers unscathed.

Ia��ll never forget a story he penned about a new winery in the Fraser Valley that was producing icewine from grapes grown high up on the sides of the Golden Ears Mountains.

Gothe said the vineyard slopes were far steeper than those of his native Germany, and that the only way they could harvest the frozen grapes was to have crews repel from helicopters hired to hover over the vines at great cost. It was going to be the most expensive dessert wine ever made in the world.

It wasna��t until I noticed the date on the column was April 1 that I realized I had been perfectly played. I wasna��t the only one. That day several readers got in touch with me at The Sun wondering where they could purchase that icewine.

Gothe was always worldly when it came to mixed drinks and liqueurs, something I still know precious little about. Years ago I was at a media table with Gothe at a swanky Vancouver Hotel event where all the guests were tasked with creating an original martini.

It was game over before most of the first drinks were mixed. Gothe designed a traditional gin, vermouth, bitters and olive affair that he named Robert Le Pure after executive chef Robert Le Crom and he took home first prize without looking sideways.

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