Top 10 things to know about Laughing stock vineyards
Portfolio has been the top selling Bordeaux style blend of BC wine in BC for 4 of the past 5 years*
David’s first winemaking experience was as a true ‘garagiste’ in 2001, making wine in a garage in White Rock, BC with grapes smuggled from Walla Walla, WA, the week after 9/11.
In 2003, LFNG was the 9th winery on the Naramata Bench. There are now over 30 wineries along this 19 km route.
Owners David & Cynthia are not passive investors as they are both very hands on: Cynthia grows the grapes and David makes the wine.
LFNG was the 1st winery on the Naramata Bench to start using double sorting tables at harvest in 2006 - allowing us to only include the best grapes in our wines.
LFNG began using concrete egg fermenters in 2009, and have since expanded the program to 3 fermenters nicknamed “Free Range”, “Scrambled” & “Benedict”. We believe these 'eggs' add some unique attributes to the wine including fresh flavours and fuller texture.
This past harvest in 2013, LFNG acquired 2 Italian amphorae. These clay fermenters have been used throughout history and David is using them to explore 'natural' wine-making.
The winery has an intensive barrel program of over 350 barrels, using 100% French Oak, 6 coopers in both classic barriques and large format puncheons.
50% of our grapes are grown on the Naramata Bench and 50% come from our estate vineyard in Osoyoos where there are 20% more growing degree days for our big reds.
Only one of the last 10 vintages of Portfolio was Cabernet Sauvignon the dominant grape. All have been more ‘right-bank’ Bordeaux-inspired using Merlot based blends.