UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 02 | Jan.
30,000 bottles of wine to be on walls of library
Facility designed to bolster B.C.'s young wine industry
by Bruce Mason staff writer
B.C. wineries are delivering 22,000 bottles to UBC
where it will
be determined which of their products will improve with aging and
how they stack
up against the world's best.
A 117-square-metre Wine Research Library is being constructed in
of UBC's Food and Nutritional Sciences Building at 2205 East Mall. The
wine industry is financing the $500, 000 facility whose heavy oak doors will
officially open this summer.
Another 8,000 bottles of international wines are being donated to posterity and
future prosperity by people who will receive a tax receipt for the full market
After extensive discussion with the province's wine industry the university is
establishing the B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Wine Library, says
Agricultural Sciences Prof. Hennie van Vuuren, director of the B.C. Wine
Research Centre (BCWRC) at UBC.
"Young B.C. wines will be evaluated and analyzed annually to provide
vital information our industry needs to consistently achieve outstanding
quality," he says.
"The Wine Research Library is one example of how our faculty is being
transformed to contribute to the economy and environment through advanced
research and education," says Agricultural Sciences Dean Moura Quayle.
A special vinotheque in the library will house the premium international wines.
Their aging will be compared to the same varietals from B.C. and
graduate students will analyze all wines to exacting standards using
state-of-the-art-technology. Wines will also be tasted annually by an expert
board of directors which is currently being appointed.
"Systematic analysis will help us better understand wine complexity and
quality," says Virginia Marks, a BCWRC graduate student who can't wait
to uncork and share the secrets in a donated $450 bottle of 1970 Chateau Ducru
Beaucaillou Saint Julien Medoc.
"For Canadians to create an exceptional wine industry, researchers must have
access to the widest possible diversity of vintages, varieties, qualities and
regions," adds John Husnik, another of the centre's graduate students.
"It will be a spectacular and unique facility," says van Vuuren.
BC's young wine industry comprises 60 wineries producing more than 300
The B.C. Wine Research Library at UBC will be the world's only
collection of an entire wine-producing region's wines.
Van Vuuren adds that donating fine wine is a wise investment.
"Donors are making a significant -- as well as a 100 per cent tax
deductible -- contribution to the world of wine."
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