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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Tuesday, April 18 2017
04 · 18

London, Santiago, Oliver and more

The travel cranks up this month. Treve is back in London judging at the IWC and I’m on my way to the south Okanagan Valley for the season opening, broadcast of the Best of Food and Wine’s Grape Escape at Hester Creek, Saturday morning at 11am. Winery interviews will include La Stella, Le Vieux Pin, Tinhorn Creek, Bartier Brothers, Road 13, Clos du Soleil, Osoyoos Larose and C.C. Jentsch and our hosts, Hester Creek and Terrafina.  Our Cheese Dream this week is L ‘Edel de Cleron, our Top Ten features Argentine malbec with riesling on deck. After that I’ll be in Santiago, Chile for a few days before we all return for the big The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour May 4. We are closing in on 1000 reviews for 2017, estimated value $35K – free to you. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page.

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Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
by: Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
Top Ten: Riesling

Top Ten: Riesling

A riesling top ten is long overdue and no matter how underrepresented it is as a varietal wine on restaurant wine lists, this week we encourage you to bag, bottle and drag a bottle of riesling to your favourite Thai, Chinese, Indian or Pan Asian restaurant and experience how well it accompanies the food. We are year round fans of riesling at GOW, but for many, their first favourable exposure usually comes when the weather turns gloriously warm, and spring is now well upon us. The biggest issue surrounding riesling is that it comes with baggage; the image that all riesling resembles the cheap, bastardised, sweet versions that used to be all you could buy in wines shops still remains...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Chablis : Terroir and Climats

Chablis : Terroir and Climats

What is chardonnay? It really depends on who you ask, and where it's from. Adaptable and hearty chardonnay flourishes easily in most climates and conditions, making it one of the most widely-planted grape varieties on the globe, and planted in more wine regions than any other. The final results are a spectrum of flavours and styles – from pristine Blanc de Blancs Champagne to flinty and precise Chablis and from noble Burgundian heavyweights to creamy Californian ripeness and yes, even to lusciously sweet Canadian icewine. With so many faces, guises and options, what is chardonnay? The grape itself is fairly neutral, owing a great deal of its flavour to vineyard and winemaking decisions...
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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top Ten : Argentine Malbec

Top Ten : Argentine Malbec

It seems like every humble grape has its own international day of celebration now. Malbec, however, was one of the first to be singled out and highlighted, fittingly, from Wines of Argentina, the black grape's ex-pat homeland. Approximately 75 percent of the world’s malbec plantings are in Argentina, with the majority planted in and around Mendoza. Marking its seventh anniversary in 2017, Malbec World Day will be celebrated April 17 with events in more than 70 cities and 50 countries around the globe, including Vancouver. Though the black, densely flavoured grape is native to the Sud Ouest of France, and one of the six stars of the Bordeaux blend, it has fallen steeply in plantings and popularity in France...
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