THE ADVOCATE 379
By Michael Welsh, Q.C.*
VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted
mankind by God.
THE WORLD OF WINE
I was at Save-On-Foods yesterday where, in the wine section, they were
offering samples of Prince George’s finest wines. You read this right. There
is now a fruit winery in Prince George, called Northern Lights, that is becoming
a success story, or so I was advised by the winery representative. He said
it has the 45th highest production numbers of B.C.’s 300 or so wineries.
Not what you may expect when you think of winemaking regions. For
when we muse about where wine is made, especially when surveying the
shelves of liquor stores (Prince George aside), certain areas of the world
stand out: southern Europe, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, California,
Oregon, South Africa, and of course locally B.C. and Ontario. But
these are but a fraction of wine-producing regions. We travelled recently to
Egypt and while there were consistently served Egyptian wine. The same
was true when we were in Vietnam a couple of years back. Both countries
proudly make wine of lacklustre quality. Egypt, which has been doing it for
thousands of years, should have it in the bag by now. Vietnam, which has
only been doing so since it was a French colony in the late 19th and early
20th centuries, perhaps has more excuse.
* 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.