Meet the Maker: Rigour & Whimsy
January 31st 2020
5:00PM - 7:30PM
Rigour & Whimsy is owned by husband and wife team Costa & Jody Gavaris, and their son Stratis. They currently focus on amber or orange wines as well as Gamay.
The name Rigour & Whimsy is an homage to their shared commitment to seeking balance in themselves, in their relationships, and in the natural world. Like yin and yang, Rigour and Whimsy are seemingly contrary attitudes that are actually complementary and interdependent. Both are necessary to find harmony.
Costa & Jody's approach to wine growing centres on regenerative farming, which means to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and enhance ecosystem resilience. They believe that responsible agriculture involves building topsoil and minimizing external inputs and disturbances to the rich microbiome of the soil.
POP BY ANYTIME BETWEEN 5 - 7:30PM TO TASTE THE FOLLOWING WINES & CHAT WITH COSTA:
2017 PINOT BLANC
About: This wine is made from grapes grown just North of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley. This organic vineyard is planted at high elevations which exacerbates the diurnal temperature swing resulting in fresher grapes. The dry climate eliminates the need for harmful sprays. The grapes were harvested by hand and fermented as whole berries for five months, extracting a lot of flavour from the skins but not oxidizing. The wine was then pressed off into brand new and neutral barrel for an additional 18 months before being bottled with minimal sulphur. 3.87pH, 5.7g/l TA, 12% ABV
2018 FLUX CAPACITOR
About: This wine was created on the fly, made with intuition instead of design. It is a blend of Pinot Blanc (60%), Roussanne (25%), Muscat (10%), and a tiny bit of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Grüner Veltliner. The grapes were all destemmed and fermented on skins in stainless steel tank. Whole berries were preserved for a small amount of intracellular fermentation. After two months on skins, the wine is pressed off into neutral puncheons for seven months of ageing. 3.6pH, 6.67g/l TA, 11% ABV
2018 GAMAY NOIR
About: This wine is the ultimate example of serendipity. Costa and Jody have always wanted to work with Gamay Noir; at the very tail end of harvest, one of their growers informed them he was short on their Pinot Blanc allocation. They asked if he had any Gamay Noir to make up the difference (almost joking I’m sure) and it turns out he did. They took their two tons of Gamay and fermented it whole-cluster for three weeks, increasing punch-downs as fermentation progressed. They then pressed off into neutral puncheon and barrique for eight months. 3.35pH, 7.25g/l TA, 10% ABV
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