CORKAGE: On Violent Pump Overs & Raiding The Cellar At Laughing Stock Vineyards…

November 21, 2011 

by Amorita Bastaja | At the start of the month I headed up to Naramata, just outside of Penticton, for a weekend visit to Laughing Stock winery. The owners, David and Cynthia Enns, greeted my husband Scott and I with wine in hand and the threat of work in the vineyards. A tour by David was perfectly timed, as a violent pump-over was taking place on the newly harvested Malbec. We leaned cautiously over the railing to look into the open-top fermenters (a face full of carbon dioxide rising is not a good idea). The Malbec hadn’t yet reached its capacity. The fermenting grape juice was being sloshed over its cap (the stalks and skins that sit on top due to rising gas) through a large tube. It bubbled and foamed, exhibiting amazing purple colour.

The frequency of a pump over is dependent on the wine-maker… Read more

Laughing Stock ’07 “Blind Trust Red” Combo Kept Under Wraps


Laughing Stock Vineyards releases their '07 Blind Trust Red and '08 Chardonnay

News From Scout Supporter Laughing Stock Vineyards

The sunshine has arrived on the Naramata Bench and so have our latest releases including:

Blind Trust Red 2007 | Just like a financial trust where executors have full discretion over the assets, our winemaker has full discretion over the wine blend so you’ll just have to trust us. HOWEVER, if you are really curious about what’s in the bottle, the assets are kept under wrap and seal (just peel back the capsule to reveal the blend). So we challenge you to blind taste the Blind Trust…without peeking. Read more

Laughing Stock Vineyards


1548 Naramata Road | Penticton, BC
Tel: 250-493-8466


The People Who Make It Happen

Owners | David Enns (Winemaker) & Cynthia Enns (Vineyard Manager)

About Laughing Stock Vineyards

Located on the picturesque Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards is a serious enterprise with a lighthearted attitude. And with a name like Laughing Stock, we wake up everyday with the motivation of not living up to our name. Thus we aim to produce the highest quality small production wines from the burgeoning Okanagan Valley. What choice do we have? Founded by David & Cynthia Enns in 2003, Laughing Stock focuses on making a few wines well, including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Portfolio, our flagship Bordeaux blend.