Laughing Stock Vineyard LFNG Syrah Viognier 2016 – Canada

Judges Comments:

“Ash and violets. Volcanics. Mulled wine, dried cocoa. Tart and dry, lots of extract” – Patrick Comiskey, American Judge


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Previous to Laughing Stock, founders David and Cynthia Enns led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry.

In 2003, they did the unfathomable; they followed their hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that their pinstriped peers thought was … fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.

The Laughing Stock name may have unwittingly been conceived at this time. Heaven knows they heard the term over-and-over again from their colleagues on Bay Street and Wall Street.

But this was a venture that had to be pursued, regardless of the dire financial forecasts. As David often said, “this is our ‘vow of poverty'”.

Prior to the acquisition, they made several research sojourns to vineyards and wineries across Europe and the United States. They met with the most talented winemakers, insightful viticulturists, and successful winery owners and gained a wealth of knowledge from their collective wisdom.

David had already started as a true ‘garagiste’ winemaker in 2001 creating beautiful vintages of small batch, hand-crafted wines with fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State. He augmented his knowledge with various courses and workshops at UC Davis in California. David then apprenticed under some of the best wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley.

As for Cynthia, her transformation from being an MBA “suit” to becoming “vineyard manager” was highly gratifying. The satisfaction of watching the vines grow and grapes develop was very grounding. Even though, at times, Mother Nature throws curve balls that are wilder than anything one ever experienced in the Stock Market.

For over 14 years, David and Cynthia grew the Laughing Stock Vineyards brand to the coveted and respected portfolio of exemplary wines that exists today. Highly acclaimed wines that have been twice awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in B.C. Wine, Portfolio being named the Best Red Wine in Canada by Decanter World Wine Awards, and in October 2018, the Laughing Stock Vineyards Syrah was named Best Syrah in the Six Nation Wine Challenge that awards only the top wines of the New World nations.

In late 2017, David & Cynthia Enns made the decision to sell Laughing Stock Vineyards to Arterra Wines Canada. “We started Laughing Stock Vineyards to create a premium, boutique Naramata Bench winery and after a decade and a half, we reached a tipping point both in terms of scale and demand. We made the decision to partner with Arterra Wines Canada because of their commitment to maintaining the integrity and quality of our wines and their solid history in the Okanagan,” said David and Cynthia Enns, co-founders, Laughing Stock Vineyards.

Today, while Cynthia and David are no longer involved in winery operations, they have left a formidable legacy, and commitment to excellence and passion for wine that continues to drive Laughing Stock Vineyards forward. It is our goal to carry on their vision to continuously explore and create the best wines that showcase our beautiful region.


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