Bench Trial Wines is a virtual winery dedicated to expressive limited production wines. A partnership between two longtime friends and winemaker contemporaries, Bench Trial Wines aspires to exhibit the distinctive character of Ontario viniculture.
It all began in 2007, when three close friends had the opportunity to craft their first independent wine.
A small batch of locally grown Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented into a wine that was widely enjoyed by both friends and family. Despite its warm reception, the wine could not be legally sold to the public due to current Ontario law. In the following years, they went on to gain experience both locally and abroad. With the support of a sympathetic host winery, two of the original three reunited in 2010 to continue crafting limited production wines; thus establishing Bench Trial Wines.
Chris Fornasier is a graduate of the Winery & Viticulture Technician program at Niagara College in 2007. To develop his tradecraft, Chris has worked internationally in Italy, New Zealand and more domestically in the Okanagan Valley, and of course the Niagara Peninsula. These experiences provided him with greater exposure to the variety of winemaking styles found around the world, but also established his respect for the vinicultural potential found in Niagara.
Adam Kern is a graduate of Niagara College's Winery & Viticulture Technician program class of 2007. He has wine production experience in Niagara, abroad in New Zealand, and most recently in the upcoming region of Prince Edward County. To hone his palate and broaden his horizons in the world of wine, Adam became a Certified Sommelier through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers in 2011.