Skip and Judy
Skip Stothert ran a successful highway paving business (Green Roads Recycling) and Judy Stothert was a successful interior designer but in 2003 the couple relocated from North Vancouver to a 52-acresite seven kilometers north of Naramata, directly above the water.
Skip was first exposed to wine via his father. Winston Stothert belonged to the Opimium Society beginning in about 1960 and thus a love for the great wines of Burgundy began to emerge in Skip – including the Chardonnays of Pouilly-Fuisse, Chablis, Montrachet and Meursault along with the Pinot Noirs of Beaune and Gevrey-Chambertin.
After noting that many vineyards in the Okanagan were small plots planted to four or more varietals, Skip made the decision to focus on one, maybe two varieties at the most, and to grow them as best as he could. The research that followed showed that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were best-suited to his vineyard on the northern Naramata Bench, which were planted in 2004, 2009 and 2011.
The fruit from the vineyard was sold to other wineries (including good neighbour Foxtrot) for several years, gaining great acclaim along the way, before Skip & Judy became clients of Okanagan Crush Pad, to make wine under their own Coolshanagh label.