Smoke Taint Research

Darcen and Arnica have been working with Matt Noestheden, a biochemist at UBCO on smoke taint research. With increasing forest fire activity throughout North American wine regions, this research is important for wine regions and climate change adaption.

What do 19-34 Years Olds Like to Drink?

Wine consumers between the ages of 19-34 have become an important force in the market for wine, now consuming and purchasing more wine than any other generation. Darcen is currently working on a study that seeks to determine the sensory attributes (descriptive terms) that drive a positive sensory experience of red wine in 19-34 year olds.

Northern Okanagan sub-Geographical Indications Report

Sub-Geographical Indications are a result of the geographical distinctiveness and resulting wine styles of an area. The northern Okanagan region offers a rare opportunity to preemptively establish not only one, but four sub-GIs, based on historical sense of place, grape growing potential, physical geography, and changing climate. This report recommends the establishment of four distinct sub-GIs within the northern Okanagan region, as well as three grape varietals to establish the overall region’s brand.

Wine Terroir: a sense of place model

As terroir is one of the most commonly used terms in the wine industry, it is important that geographers and other academic understand that the expression of the place includes more than soil, climate and the winemaker. Terroir is an individual experience that is both objective and subjective, and has physical, cultural and experiential elements that can manipulate the wine taster’s experience.