Francis Hutt has made wine on both the north and south islands of his native New Zealand - in addition to participating in harvests in Oregon, Burgundy and Australia's Hunter Valley - developing a deep knowledge of organic and biodynamic winegrowing.
His accomplishments in the province's wine industry included founding Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in Summerland, See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls and Time Winery in Penticton.
He was also a key figure in forming the B.C. Wine Institute, the Vintners Quality Alliance Canada, the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the B.C. Hospitality Foundation.
The celebration of life showcased McWatters' love of wine, with wines for those in attendance and toasts to McWatters' legacy
The upcoming season will continue much as the first, with the pair of everyday men exploring the depth and complexity of food and wine in Niagara from the viewpoint of the uninitiated. Both Gagliardi and deGroot conceptualized the show by drawing on their experience in the television arena. They wanted to do something at home and, while Niagara didn't have tons of studio space, it did have a breadth of wine and food culture. The only thing was the pair didn't know much beyond the fact red wine goes with red meat, and white with chicken.