Laughing Stock Vineyards Viognier 2009

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley


David and Cynthia Enns have always subscribed to “go big or go home”. From their striking labels to their bold marketing campaigns to their wines’ huge flavours – these people pack a lot into one bottle. And their latest move in the face of this week’s HST rollout can only be called bold. Or maybe brilliant.

As of Canada Day – aka HST Day – Laughing Stock’s wines will actually be reduced in price. The winery will be passing along the 3% tax savings from the transition to HST to wine buyers on their website and in their tasting room. The current tax rate for wine in BC is 15% (5% GST and 10% PST liquor tax). Therefore, when the 12% HST kicks in, the taxation of wine will actually decrease. Unlike the BCLDB, who have decided to collect and pocket the additional 3%, Laughing Stock will pass the savings on to their customers. A small amount – sure. A huge gesture – absolutely. And one that will keep them in the hearts of their fans (plus win them numerous new ones). As winemaker David Enns says, “We just feel that this is the right thing to do. We eat it, you drink it.”

Looking for a reason to blow your newfound windfall? Their inaugural Viognier will provide one. A big blast of aromatic and lush fruit jump from the glass – peach, mango, orange and floral notes (if LFNG is looking for a side business, I recommend a perfumery arm). A filling mouthfeel follows of ripe peach, honeyed pineapple, orange blossom, flowers and buttery vanilla. The oak treatment might be a little – bold – for some Viognier fans. But it’s totally in sync with this winery, and its devotees wouldn’t have it any other way. Pair with a patio. Only 150 cases were made, so get thee to Naramata and try it for yourself. After July 1 though – save that 3%.

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Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ...

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