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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Sunday, April 10 2016
04 · 10

No Time for April Showers

The only April showers we've seen this spring have been the sprinkles of the latest vintages crossing our doorstep: bright, crisp whites and rosés are arriving, and we're thrilled. The 2016 WineAlign National Wine Awards are now officially open; if you are making wine anywhere in Canada, our panel of top judges would like to taste your wine. A collection of palates from coast to coast (and the United States and Great Britain) are ready. The Nationals will be held in Penticton, BC, this June, and we're looking to taste the very best. Speaking of the Okanagan Valley, Anthony will be heading up to Oliver this week for a special Spring 2016 Grape Escape broadcast of The Best of Food and Wine. If you are in the valley, drop by the live show at Tinhorn Creek Winery from noon to 2:15pm, Saturday April 16, or listen live at noon here. Follow along on twitter or instagram to see what's in our GOW glasses this week. 

 

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