THE ADVOCATE 217
By Michael Welsh, Q.C.*
VOL. 77 PART 2 MARCH 2019
RETURN TO HEARTBREAK
I last wrote about the heartbreak grape over 15 years ago. It is time to go back.
What, you ask, is a heartbreak grape? It is a phrase by which winemakers
refer to pinot noir.
The term was most famously coined in the book of the same name by
Marq de Villiers published in 1994 and shown above.1 Reading that book,
still one of my favourites, was an impetus for me to move to the Okanagan
and plant my own vineyard in the late 1990s. It is the story of how the
author, at a friend’s home one winter’s night, tastes a wine—a perfect
wine—and determines to find out how it came to be. He searches out the
winemaker and then tells the tale of that man’s inspiration to grow pinot
noir that will rival the legendary wines of Burgundy. He chronicles this
* Michael Welsh, Q.C., carries on a litigation and ADR practice in the South Okanagan and is a bencher. The views
expressed here are his own and not those of the Law Society.