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The Secret of Great Okanagan Wine

In Switzerland, glaciers cool the grapes at night. In Germany, slate holds what heat there is in a long season, while mist and drizzle hold back the sun. In British Columbia, the heat moderator is the ocean, pouring by overhead.

p1280697Gewürztraminir at Harvest Time, Bella Vista Hills

What sun there is, comes in laterally, through long wavelengths, filtered by a planet of air. And the occasional hawk…

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… riding the evaporating heat of summer as Autumn thunderheads build in the ocean overhead…

p1280649… and not telling tall tales that great wine is about heat, at all, but flying straight into winter’s open mouth.

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