Orchard & Vine Fall 2021

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Abbotsford's Blueberry Pioneers Harper's Trail Cool Climate Viticulture Hans Buchler BC Viticulturist of the Year

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CONTENTS 6 Publisher's View – Lisa Olson 8 Events Calendar 9 News

Photo by Mary Putnam

10 Fall Survey


Starting the crush after a harvest at Harper's Trail.

15 Cool Climate Vitis Vinifera at Harper's Trail 18 Berry Farmer Remains 'True Blue' 21 Sustainable Winegrowing BC Certifications 23 Hans Buchler Viticulturist of the Year 25 Legal Libations – Anne-Marie Mizzi

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27 Seeds of Growth – Glen Lucas 29 Word on Wine – Kelly Josephson


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30 Canadian Winemaker Series – Bill Adams Cover Photo by Ronda Payne. Lynn Giesbrecht at her heritage blueberry farm RussLynn Blueberries in Abbotsford.

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Hans Buchler has been awarded the title BC Grapegrowers' Association 2021 Viticulturist of the Year.


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A Tough Year For Farming Vol. 62, No 5 Fall 2021

The summer season has sure been a challenge, with the wildfires, heat waves, smoky weather, and all during a pandemic. The scorching heat made it difficult for crops and the extremely smoky air made it tough to work outdoors. The wildfires brought uncertainty as to where they may strike next and sad tragedies for neighbouring towns.

Established in 1959 Publisher Lisa Olson Editor Gary Symons Graphic Design

It’s well into autumn now and the harvesting of apples, plums and grapes are in full swing, thankfully with sunny blue skies and cooler temperatures. Inside the magazine we provide a few answers from a recent survey we sent out, as to how growers are feeling during this time.

Stephanie Symons Writers Kelly Josephson, Glen Lucas, Anne-Marie Mizzi, Photo by Kimberly Brooke Photography

Ronda Payne, Tom Walker

A few years back I was sitting next to Hans Buchler at the BC Ag Gala and I can still remember his kind and gentle deep voice discussing aspects of grape growing, his passion for the industry… and how much he was enjoying Orchard & Vine :). Hans is a hard working, innovative grape grower that brought life into his vineyard using self-sustaining and organic practices. He is one of the founding members and chair of the BC Winegrape Council and over the years has shared his knowledge with many, many others. Many of you might know that his grapes contribute to the single most awarded wine in Canada, ‘Cipes Brut’ from Summerhill Pyramid Winery. We are proud to feature him in this issue as he accepts his 2021 Viticulturist of the Year Award from the BC Grapegrowers Association. Cheers to you Hans!

made the right decisions. The decision of what to plant was what Russ and Lynn Giesbrecht had to make back in 1986 as a newly married couple. They chose blueberries not knowing how it would turn out over the years. They decided to add chickens and therefore needed to follow strict food safety protocols and provide lots of reporting. Focusing on sustainable farming methods, their love of farming RussLynn Blueberries has worked out very well. Read more about them inside.

It’s interesting to think back on what you’ve done 35 years ago and if you’ve

Enjoy the magazine and all the best during your harvest! ■

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of Ontario are facing, Bibeau says this increased funding ensures the federal government is ready to contribute to eligible provincial AgriRecovery costs on the 60-40 cost-shared basis outlined under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Government of Canada and the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are currently working “with the utmost urgency” to complete joint assessments of the disaster and launch support programs, Bibeau added. This will include

direct assistance to affected livestock and agricultural producers, and help them with added costs of obtaining livestock feed, transportation and water. Producers can also apply for interim payments under AgriStability to help them cope with immediate financial challenges. The Government of Canada and the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario have agreed to increase the 2021 AgriStability interim benefit payment percentage from 50 per cent to 75 per cent.

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Fall Readers Survey - We asked and You Answered We asked a few questions to our readers from around the province. Here is what they said. More follow up to this in the Year End Issue.

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Harper's Trail Finds Success Growing Vitis Vinifera North of 50º

Harper's Trail on the outskirts of Kamloops.

By Michael Botner “If more people knowledgeable about wine tasted our Thadd Springs Pinot Noir, they would be surprised,” says Sébastien Hotte, the winemaker at Harper’s Trail Estate Winery. Situated on the north bank of the South Thompson River on the outskirts of Kamloops, just north of the 50-degrees⁰ latitude mark, Harper’s Trail strives for excellence despite challenging, cool climate conditions for growing major Vitis vinifera grape varieties. Business travels in South America and around the world gave owners Ed and Vicki Collett the opportunity to visit wine producing areas and develop an interest in wine and food. Wineries at the base of the Andes Mountains in Chile inspired the couple to consider the Thompson Valley as a suitable place to produce wine. At the time of the launch of Harper’s Trail in 2012, Ed Collett said, “We could not see any reason that Kamloops could not grow and produce top quality wines that reflect the local climate and soil. When a 125-acre parcel became available in 2007, we did not hesitate to jump right in.”

average growing degree days are comparable to Okanagan Falls. Temperature extremes are an ever-present danger to grape growing in the Kamloops area. These include cold snaps in winter which can go below -20⁰C, frosts during bud break and excessive temperatures in summer that can be detrimental to grape ripening and health.

Originally part of the vast, storied Gang Ranch in the 19th Century, it was archetypal grass and sage-covered cattle country.

The well-drained soil is composed of clay, silt, sand and gravel with a vein of limestone that runs through the property. In 2008, the Harper’s Trail team planted seven acres of Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürtztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir and Cabernet Franc. Today’s Thadd Springs Vineyard encompasses 25.5 acres of vines and

“Unlike the Okanagan, our valley running east-west rather than north south takes full advantage of daylight hours,” Collett says. “At an elevation of 1,100 feet, Kamloops boasts semi-arid conditions, mild winters and long summers with temperatures that rank among the hottest of any city in Canada. At 1,402,

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Ed and Vicki Collett co-owners of Harper's Trail winery in the vineyard.

grows the same varieties, except for Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot which have been removed as not being suitable to the conditions. In the case of the Gamay Noir block, planted in 2013, young vines planted in the sand seam did not do well, in part because roots stayed close to the surface, according to Collett. Mitigation steps included replacing vines with a different clone and strategically adding drip lines to nourish those plants. Enter Sébastien Hotte, Harper Trail’s talented winemaker, who joined the winery in the late summer of 2020. The decision to hire Hotte was made by the Colletts in collaboration with Penticton-based vineyard management and winemaking consultant Pascal Madevon. An acclaimed Bordeaux-trained winemaker, Madevon offers professional advice on vineyard management, wine production and marketing of wine. Madevon’s approach to wine says it all: “The potential, the spirit of a wine emerges from its terroir, but there is also an important human element that drives a wine’s final creation.” Hotte began his studies in Québec at the renowned École Hôtelière des Laurentides, which included in-house training at Bistro à Champlain, which boasted, until its closing in 2015, a wine cellar of stellar proportions. As a sommelier, he worked the floor in many top restaurants, including The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, and participated in sommelier competitions. 16 Fall 2021

The team at Harper's Trail braves cold temperatures during winter harvest.

Called to learn the secrets of crafting wine, Hotte studied winemaking and viticulture on-line at Washington State University while interning at a variety of small, artisanal wineries in the Okanagan. Arriving at Harper’s Trail on the threshold of the 2020 harvest, Hotte faced unusually challenging conditions in the vineyard. “Except for three weeks in the 30’s, conditions were wet and rainy with below average temperatures,” he says. “Keep in mind that bud break takes place two to three weeks later

than the Okanagan. For Riesling and other whites, achieving ripeness was not an issue in 2020. The reds had a harder time achieving phenolic ripeness. We took all the necessary steps such as opening the canopy, 100% on the morning side, especially for the reds. Prior to harvest, we went into the vineyard, and removed everything not appropriate, including whole clusters. After sorting on the crush pad, we only kept the best.”

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Cold weather during the harvest introduced another test for Harper Trail’s team. “Desperate to pick the grapes, there were no workers available in the Kamloops area. When we reached out to the community with an ad in Facebook, ten local people and our tasting room staff came out to support us,” he says. Even in a “normal” year, “the vines have the best chance to achieve proper ripeness if yields are kept at about two tons per acre,” Hotte says. As well, “It is necessary to do things at the right time, leaving no margin for error,” not unlike walking a tightrope or threading a needle.

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In the case of Harper’s Trail, the emphasis is on wines made in a lighter, more delicate style, wines with lively fruit and finesse over big, bold wine types. This approach is ideal for Hotte, who brings a preference for minimal intervention in the vineyard and on crafting terroir-driven wines. Committed to biodiversity, the winery is in the process of becoming certified as fully organic, starting with the vineyard. “It’s not a huge adjustment. What we’re doing now – we don’t use a lot of chemicals - already fits in with organic grape growing.” Going forward, “wine making will become more and more hands-off and more reflective of the grapes we grow,” he continues. Also on the table, land to the west of Thadd Springs Vineyard, now used to grow alfalfa, is being prepared for an additional 100 acres of vines.

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Hotte’s comments on several of Harper’s Trail wines are instructive. Pinot Noir 2019 showcases the winery’s elegant style and gentle approach to winemaking. “It is fermented in small lots and aged mainly in neutral oak barrels before blending and bottling,” he says. “In the winter, the vines benefit from the Alpine climate and the warming influence of the Thompson River.”

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Chardonnay Sparkling 2016 spends three years on the lees before disgorging and acquires a note of brioche from the aging. “Made in a dry, elegant style, its rich, creamy body soothes the clean, crisp acidity,” he says. Gamay 2019 has a flinty, mineral spine and a complex palate with succulent fruit and spicy nuances. “Don’t overdo the winemaking,” he says. “Treat Gamay like a serious wine, not tutti frutti.” Field Blend White 2019 is a happy mix of Pinot Gris, Riesling and unoaked Chardonnay. “The friendly, fruit-driven palate emphasizes Chardonnay’s leesy character to create complexity”, he says. ■

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Berry Farmers Staying 'True to the Blue' By Ronda Payne It seemed like a unique choice when Russ and Lynn Giesbrecht decided to plant blueberries on their 10 acres in rural west Abbotsford in 1986. Back then, blueberries certainly weren’t the flourishing crop in the valley they are now. The community was very much the raspberry capital, but leading the way into something new didn’t scare the newly married couple.

Now, walking the site and reminiscing, the 4.5 acres of Bluecrop berries are still the variety of choice for Lynn. She takes care of the planning and farming duties, bringing Russ in to fertilize the field as needed and spread sawdust every few years. He has his own full-time job as a self-employed carpenter and restored the beautiful 110-year-old heritage house that helped the couple fall in love with the property. “We are focusing on that,” she says. “The heritage farm and heritage blueberry. We like the Bluecrop variety. We think it’s the best in the valley.” Bluecrop matures later than some of the newer varieties, but Lynn feels the taste and size of the berries more than makes up for it being later in the season. Russ is also a chicken farmer and added

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“We got a consultant from the Ministry of Agriculture,” says Lynn. “Based on the soil, he suggested blueberries. We were one of the few to plant them back then.”

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been in blueberries. The transition was fine by Lynn who says managing the four and half acres of blueberries is more than enough for her. “Farming back then was so simple,” she

Russ and Lynn Giesbrecht at their heritage farm in Abbotsford (page 18), the blueberry field and barn (above).

explains of berry growing in the 1980s compared to today. “Now there is paperwork. It’s just way more complicated.” Part of the complexity is being enrolled and certified in the CanadaGAP Program. While the audits of the program prove to customers that RussLynn follows strict food safety protocols, following the program requires a lot of tracking, reporting and data entry. Lynn understands the need for the program and appreciates the safety measures it ensures for cus-

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Like many farmers, Lynn makes sure that when Russ sprays, he’s using the minimal amount for efficacy and controls are applied as recommended, away from the time of picking. Because the berries are next to the house and the family has always eaten more of the crop than the average family, keeping sprays minimal is essential. It’s the air they breathe, the water they drink from the property’s

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well, and the tasty blue berries they consume and share with others. “There is the traceability. We write it all down and we monitor so that they are only picking when it’s safe to pick,” she says. The blueberries aren’t the couple’s main income. Instead, the crop provides a few of life’s extras, so in a good year they might be able to put money away to build an outbuilding they’ve been dreaming of. “We like the lifestyle, the farming lifestyle,” she says. “We’ve had many good years. If you could see my husband on his tractor, he wouldn’t ever have to make money to be a farmer. He just loves farming.” The lifestyle ensured the couple’s three children grew up in an ideal setting. A treehouse perched high in the forested area to the east of the blueberries continues to look out over the berry rows. “There were a lot of sleepovers in the treehouse,” she says of her kids. “They all know how to work. They all helped.” When they were too young to be in the field all day, but old enough to pick berries, they had to be in the field with her long enough to pick one 15-pound pail. Lynn sells half of the crop on-farm and half to Driediger Farms for processing. They’ve built frozen storage as well so that frozen berries can be sold direct from the farm year-round. When RussLynn was founded, there was a blueberry co-op that berries were sold through - similar to how BC Fresh is a family-farm owned marketing agency for produce - but that blueberry co-op is long gone now. Berries are hand-picked and if she has about 10 or 15 pickers, she’s fine to get the berries off at harvest. Of course, as

with all farmers, COVID caused a few labour challenges. Lynn’s always counted on friends and family to help as pickers, but as the kids grow up and move on to other things, her pool of pickers has grown smaller. She does have a contractor that can bring in pickers if needed and also relies on a contractor to manage the pruning in the winter. The RussLynn U-pick section within the field continued to be popular in 2021. “We have a lot of people that come out for that. It probably totals one acre of our field,” Lynn says of U-pick. “Our rows are nine feet apart. We could put people in a row and know they were [physically distanced] apart.” Because she’s always assigned people to a row when doing U-pick, there was no need to change the routine already in place. With 35 berry-growing seasons behind

her, Lynn is no newbie to the industry. Certainly, four-and-a-half acres isn’t the largest blueberry field in Abbotsford, but she brings a lot of knowledge to what she does. Lynn was on the board of the BC Blueberry Council for 12 years and has attended the Pacific Agriculture Show annually to ensure she keeps learning. She has connections with many of the local growers and believes it’s important to stay up-to-date as the exponential growth in blueberry plantings has occurred. “When we first started farming, we were just blueberry farmers. Now we’re business people,” she says. “For many, that’s a plus. For me, I just like being a farmer, but I’ve risen to the challenge. It’s very much a global market. That’s changed.” The long-term goal for Russ and Lynn is to stay put and she will farm blueberries and he will farm chickens. ■


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SWBC Issues First Sustainability Certificates By Tom Walker The first two recipients of certification from Sustainable Winegrowing BC (SWBC) are an old hand and a new hand in the business. One is Tightrope Winery co-owner and viticulturist Graham O’Rourke, who is one of the founders of the program and the first grower in the province to receive certification. The second is Heidi Lorch, who bought Heidi’s Peak vineyard in Okanagan Falls in 2019.

“A group of us started meeting in 2008 at the Summerland Research Station.” O’Rourke recalls. “A lot of us felt that a comprehensive and accountable program that encompassed every aspect of the growing and vinting process was important for the industry as it developed in BC.” There are a number of designations that the industry can receive, but they all have a specific focus. “Organic certification only covers your spray program, while Salmon Safe is about water quality,” O’Rourke points out. “We thought it was critical to connect all aspects of the wine making process from vine to bottle, from how you manage your waste to how you calculate your greenhouse gas emissions.” Over the last 12 years, committee members have developed a BC-based sus-

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While O’Rourke is the first grower certified under SWBC, he credits a group of influential growers for getting the program started.

Graham and Lyndsey O'Rourke of Tightrope Winery were first to be certified under SWBC.

tainability program. “That’s one of our strengths,” O’Rourke says. “We were able to look at the variety of programs that are out there, from New Zealand to Ontario, and develop one that matches our region, our climate, our situation.” Lorch is a newcomer to grape growing but she is a seasoned farmer with lots of experience with a sustainability program. She is the first independent grower to be certified. Lorch came west after selling her mixed farm in Ontario where she raised 35,000 chickens a year, as well as corn and soybeans for feed. “My pullet raising business was part of the national Start Clean, Stay Clean program through the Egg Farmers of Cana-

da,” Lorch explains. “We received yearly inspections that included having our record keeping audited, so it is an aspect of farming that I am used to following.” Lorch also got an early introduction to the BC program while completing the three-month viticulture certificate at OK college. “I did my final project on SWBC and I knew that was the direction I was headed for my own vineyard, so I started off with the required records from the start.” Both O’Rourke and Lorch have completed the SWBC online self-assessments, undergone the day-long inspection from SWBC auditors, and have received certification that entitles them to display the SWBC logo.

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In Tightrope’s case that includes the privilege of labeling their 2020 white wines as ‘certified sustainable’. Lorch’s grapes are contracted to cross the road and become part of neighbouring Wild Goose Vineyards wine production. Wild Goose themselves are not yet certified and are not able to use the sustainable label, but the winery has registered for the certification process. While SWBC is clearly an industry driven program, it fits well with an increasing consumer consciousness. “Consumers want accountability from farmers,” says Lorch. “They want to know that we are using the best practices and management that we can, and if there is a certain standard that farmers have to follow, that has more weight than people just saying that they do it.” Sustainability proponents are betting that the certification will draw a new breed of customer. “We hope to attract people who are of like mind as us,” says O’Rourke. As Lorch gets to know her vineyard and the industry, there are two aspects that she is particularly proud of.

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“I am really working on building my soil,” she notes. In her first two years she spread 30 tons of compost and this year it was 60 tons, all by hand. Her vineyard has a drop-off to a second bench and the steep slope is all natural vegetation, including antelope brush, a plant that is considered critically imperiled in BC. “I am working with the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society as a habitat steward,” she says. “They are planning to come this fall to help establish some more native plants in a bare gravel area on the slope.” It’s harder for Tightrope to point to one particular practice that stands out. “It’s the way I learned to farm,” says O’Rourke. “After Lyndsay and I completed our masters programs in New Zealand, the management company that I worked for was part of the sustainability program in New Zealand. He says Tightrope incorporates a lot of technology to support their business. “We have a Ranch weather station system with three different locations that constantly collects soil temperature soil moisture and degree days. I have been doing that since 2011,” says O’Rourke. “We utilize the science, we utilize the technology, but our approach is always the vineyard first.”

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After completing the self assessment, candidates find themselves needing to gather data to present to the auditor. “In a business our size where the winemaker and the farmer are partners and have a lot of background, we don’t tend to write a lot of things down,” says O’Rourke. “I have a vineyard management plan, but it’s in my head. I track how I manage all of my nutrients, but I don’t plan it ahead of time. Certainly we train our employees, but now we have it all in a binder. The SWBC program has forced us to rethink how we start each season.” Lorch says she felt very supported going through the process. “SWBC has good resources to follow and a good network of people,” she says. “Everyone was ready to help with guidance.” Overall the program makes good business sense. The more you fine tune the management of your business, the more economically feasible everything becomes, says Lorch. “I am spending a lot of money on compost but in the future I will need to use less synthetic fertilizer.” she explains. “So it actually helps both the environment and the bottom line.” “Our overall goal is to leave the land a better place after using it,” adds O’Rourke. “We want both the consumer and the industry to know that we know, and practice, what is the responsible thing to do.” ■

Buchler Named Viticulturist of the Year By Tom Walker Hans Buchler of Oliver, who grows grapes for Summerhill Pyramid Winery, has been named the BC Grapegrowers Association’s 2021 Viticulturist of the Year. Buchler and Stephen Cipes, proprietor of Summerhill Pyramid Winery, marked the occasion with fellow grapegrowers and scientists with AAFC Summerland Research and Development Center (SURDC). Buchler is a legend in the industry, having spent four decades in the grape growing industry, and Cipes was pouring wine and telling stories of Buchler’s uncanny ability with his grapes.

Buchler has farmed his 30-acre Parkhill Vineyard tucked amongst the rocky knolls of McIntyre Bluffs, northwest of Oliver, since 1982. His pioneering organic practices led him to a long-term contract with the organic vintners at Summerhill. That award-winning quality is what the BCGA is looking for when they consider nominations for the award, explains John Bayley, president of the BCGA. “This award was developed to celebrate the growers in our industry who are pushing forward the quality of fruit while also being a present and positive member of the grape growing industry,” said Bayley, who is also the vineyard manager at Blasted Church.

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“The wine we are drinking today, Cipes Brut, is the single most awarded wine in Canada,” Cipes told the crowd. “It has never not won a gold medal since it was introduced in 1991. Hans is the man who grows the grapes and 80 per cent of the credit for the wine goes to him.”

Hans Buchler (left) and John Bayley at the ceremony for the BCGGA 2021 Viticulturist of the Year

“It was designed to highlight those growers that produce the top-quality grapes that go into making BC’s best wines.” A pioneer in organic practices in the valley, Buchler says his vineyard has been a work in progress over the past 40 years, “This was raw land that had never been irrigated before,” he explained. “The organic matter in the soil was one per cent and not really much nutrition available, so the establishment of the vineyard was a long haul.” But he is happy with the results. “I have

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Buchler’s quest for industry research in the valley goes back 25 years, says Tom Lowery, viticulture entomologist at SURDC. “I met Hans in 1996 when we got the first grape project through the R&D committee,” says Lowery. “He really pushed for research and that subsequently led to getting more positions at the research center. He continues to support us, often previewing literature reviews and newsletters and adding his comments.” Viticulture plant physiologist at SURDC Pat Bowen adds that Buchler has an ability to plow through regulations. “That is an amazing skill and it’s backed by a deep knowledge, a sense of fairness and an ability to be diplomatic,” Bowen says. In addition to his work with the BCWGC, Buchler is president of the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network, an organization that works to ensure a supply of clean, quality, grapevine material for growers and supports research on all aspects of grape vine health. Buchler also represents the BC Agriculture Council on the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

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Buchler’s work outside the vineyard was another important part of his award, Bayler added. Buchler was a founding member and chair of the BC Winegrape Council, an organization that coordinates and funds research and education on viticulture and enology. He is currently the BCWGC research chair.

Karnail Sidhu owner of Kalala wines and the recipient of the 2020 viticulturist of the year award, recalled advice he got from Hans when he was vineyard manager at Summerhill and later with his own vineyard.

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“Hans has always been my go-to person for questions about organic viticulture. He has told me all his grape growing secrets,” says Sidhu. “But the one secret he has not told me is how he finds time to do all the work that he does.”

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Buchler accepted the award with his usual quiet grace, sipping on a glass of Summerhill Brut. “I am always happy to hear that you like the fruit,” he chuckled. ■

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Defamation occurs when something is said or written about a company or individual that is false and causes harm to their reputation. An example of defamation could be someone calling your company corrupt. It is further broken into two categories: libel and slander. Slander refers to oral communication whereas libel refers to non-transitionary forms such as online reviews, broadcasts, and Facebook posts.

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Bill Adams - Winemaker Stoneboat Pinot House This month in Orchard & Vine we spoke with William (Bill) Adams, the winemaker at Stoneboat Estate Winery and the Valley Commons winery in Oliver. O&V: How did you get started in the wine industry?

O&V: Where did you go to school or apprentice? Bill: I went to Niagara College for the winery technician program for three years, and the college had a winery on site for students to make wine and sell it through their wine shop. It was very hands on learning. I then spent two years as Assistant Winemaker at Palatine Hills, but in 2006 I loaded up some of my stuff in a VW golf and drove to the Okanagan to work a harvest at Sumac Ridge, and really enjoyed the area and the mountains. I got a job that December in the cellar of Osoyoos Larose and never went back again to Niagara. I met (Stoneboat owner) Jay Martiniuk there, and Alison Moyes, the winemaker I took over from at Stoneboat. In 2011 I worked for my friend Tyler Harlton when he started (TH Wines), then

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Bill Adams: Growing up in Ontario I had two influential uncles who made a small amount of wine every season in their basements. I started helping them with pressing and fermentations and really liked the process. After I graduated from high school I was unsure what I wanted to study, but soon found out that Niagara College offered a winemaking program and I thought it would be a good fit for me.

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worked briefly at Blue Mountain, and finally started with Stoneboat. Now I make wine for both Stoneboat and Valley Commons. O&V: Have you worked in any other countries? Bill: I worked at the Bouchard Finlayson Winery in South Africa in 2008, and in New Zealand at the Ata Rangi Winery in 2009, and the Rock Ferry Winery in 2011. O&V: What is your favourite varietal to work with? Bill: Pinot noir is always special to me. All of my overseas experiences have been with top notch Pinot noir producers, and that is also why I accepted the role with Stoneboat. But here we also grow Pinotage, which you don’t see very often in

the Okanagan. After the first few years of making Pinotage, I would have to say that it is my favourite. I like the way it grows, and it is the wine I tend to drink more often at home. It’s like a Pinot noir on steroids. O&V: What is the best thing about your job? Bill: For me it’s being able to enjoy and drink the fruits of your labour. I like the hard work during the year, cleaning, harvest, bottling. Creating the red blends, as we taste each barrel, a few hundred in our cellar and then starting to layer different lots and barrel profiles to create the best wine we can. It can go on and on in the lab playing around with combinations, we really put a lot of effort into releasing the best wines. O&V: Is there a particular wine or vintage that you have made that you are most proud of?

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Bill: I would say the 2015 vintage at Stoneboat Vineyards. It was my first winemaking job at a large winery and I had a lot of pressure to make something good. The vintage was warm and the wines turned out great. It was only the second time Stoneboat released a reserve Pinot noir. I guess the owners enjoyed that vintage as well because I am still here! ■

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Cleanfarms 2021 Unwanted Pesticides & Old Livestock/Equine Medications Collection Safely dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications – no charge! For information on what is and is not accepted, click on the QR code. Take them to the following locations on the dates noted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ERICKSON Tuesday, Oct. 5 Growers Supply Creston 754 - 35 Ave South 250-428-5124

McBRIDE Monday, Sept. 27 McBride Regional Transfer Station 500 NW Frontage Rd. 250-960-4400

PRINCE GEORGE Tuesday, Sept. 28 Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill 6595 Landfill Rd. 250-960-4400

VERNON Thursday, Oct. 14 Growers Supply Vernon 1200 Waddington Dr. 250-545-1278

KAMLOOPS Wednesday, Oct. 13 Purity Feed Ltd 471 Okanagan Way 250-372-2233

OLIVER Thursday, Oct. 21 Grower’s Supply - Oliver 5911 Sawmill Rd. 250-498-6406

WILLIAMS LAKE Friday, Oct. 1 153 Mile Fertilizer #80 - 5101 Frizzi Rd. 250-392-5333

KELOWNA Tuesday, Oct. 19 Grower’s Supply Kelowna 2605 Acland Rd. 250-765-4500

PENTICTON Wednesday, Oct. 20 Growers Supply Penticton 272 Dawson Rd. 250-493-2885

QUESNEL Thursday, Sept. 30 Four Rivers Co-operative Quesnel Branch 1280 Quesnel Hixon Rd. 250-992-7274 VANDERHOOF Wednesday, Sept. 29 Four Rivers Co-op 1055 Hwy 16 West 250-567-4225

Next Cleanfarms collection in this area in fall 2024 • COVID social distancing measures may be in place For collection dates elsewhere on the Prairies, go to: cleanfarms.ca/materials/unwanted-pesticides-animal-meds/


Cleanfarms.ca info@cleanfarms.ca


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