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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Sunday, June 28 2015
06 · 28

Summer time and the sippin' is easy

The Nationals are complete and the WineAlign team and our judges have returned to their homes across the country. The results are in the hopper and you can expect the winners including The Canadian Winery of the Year, and new for 2015, an award for the Best Performing Small Winery producing 10,000 cases of wine or less, to be announced the last week of July. Meanwhile, Stuart, Treve and I will be hitting the wine review train here at GOW to clear a back log of wines so expect plenty of new notes throughout July. As for travel Stuart will be in Oregon, I will be shooting a series of videos in the Okanagan for the Vancouver Sun, while Treve and kids soak up a little BC sunshine closer to home. We are still working on a few things for the new site that will be rolled out after testing. Enjoy the summer.

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Allison Spurrell
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