THE ADVOCATE 689
By Michael Welsh, Q.C.*
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the
discovery of a constellation.
The universe is too full of stars.”
WINE STAR DISCOVERIES
After over 15 years of wine columns, finding fresh topics can be difficult.
My imagination numbs. Casting for inspiration, I briefly harkened to the
words of ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes, in his play The Knights:
“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say
something clever.” But in the creation of these columns, drinking wine is
what I always do. So no help there.
Lost in thought, I meandered along some side aisles of my local liquor
store, and that was my rescue. I discovered some wines from grapes I had
never tried and others which I had forgotten. So, as I have done a couple of
times before, I present you with some good wines from grape varieties
whose names you may never have heard.
The diva of wine, Jancis Robinson, lists over 800 grape varieties in her
book, Jancis Robinson’s Guide to Wine Grapes.1 I had thought that was a lot.
But for once, she is wrong. Wine variety expert Steve De Long, in the index
to his Wine Grape Varietal Table,2 estimates that there are more than 10,000
distinct grape wine varieties. The true figure will never be known, as new
varieties are being produced and some obscure varieties are slipping into
* Michael Welsh, Q.C., carries on a litigation and ADR practice in the South Okanagan. He is also the Advocate’s own
“wine star”. Although Michael is a bencher, the views he expresses here are his own and not those of the Law Society.