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I like that...I fnally have an internet nickname.... from now on I'll be
referred to as the "OB"... hmmmm ....what's that make Jonathon.

Anyway, we have made real strides in high quality vinifera production in the
last decade.  We're now miles ahead of the finger lakes in quality.  Maybe
we'll never make world class whites (which require warmer temps), but the
reds are now world class.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgandy and Bordeaux,
remember, are grown in north France.  I'll bring some along sometime when we
hook up.

Leigh

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marc Chrusch" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Whistler - An Early Kickoff!


> Our opinionated barrister writes:
> >Wrong wrong wrong.  The eniw and fruit growing capital of Canada is right
> >here in Niagara.
>
> I only know what I read in the Okanagan marketing materials and stuff put
> out by the Penticton and Kelowna Chambers of Commerce. The signs headed
> into Penticton proclaim it is the fruit tree capitol of Canada.
>
> >We produce about 8 times the volume of the Okanagan, have
> >about a similar ratio of gold medals, and have a huge wine tourist
industry,
> >kind of like a "Napa North".
>
> Well, there's wine and then there's fine wine. In the states the latter
> accounts for only about 2% of total consumption (and that includes fine
> wine imports). If the wine is even vaguely decent, it's pretty easy for a
> producer to win silver and gold medals from some competition somewhere.
The
> NY finger lakes region, climatologically similar to Niagara, is also a
high
> volume producer with a large wine tourist industry, yet the stuff that
> comes out of there is best described as Welch's Grape Juice with added
> akdov. The grapes that make good wine simply have a hard time in the
> abbreviated growing season, damp, humid rot-inducing summers, and crappy
> soil. Grafting onto hardier stock enables them to survive, but also has a
> detrimental effect on the flavor profile.
>
> High volume wine production for a given acreage is typically inversely
> proportional to wine quality. Case in point, the central valley of CA
> produces far more wine than Napa, Sonoma, and Alexander valleys combined -
> unfortunately it's all jug wine sold in 1.75L glass and 5L BIB.
>
> -Marc
>
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