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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Wednesday, July 19 2017
07 · 19

Cheesy Reviews for Summer

This week our cheese maven Alison Spurrell lists her favourite Canadian cheeses to help celebrate Canada 150. It’s a terrific shopping list that will take you coast to coast in search of the country’s best fromage. Our friends at Wine Align have begun rolling out the results of the 2017 National Wine Awards this week and will do so throughout the rest of the month. For a sense of what it’s like to judge at the awards you can read our own Treve Ring’s account of tasting in the front room. And just in time for the hot weather our latest Top 10  is all about sauvignon blanc. Enjoy the summer and watch for all our latest wine reviews here.

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top 10 : Cabernet Franc

Top 10 : Cabernet Franc

It’s common to mistake cabernet franc for cabernet sauvignon lite. On paper, all signs point that way. Cabernet franc buds and ripens early than cabernet sauvignon, it’s lighter in tannins, colour and body than the king of grapes, and typically matures earlier in the bottle. However, franc predates and even begat the king, as cabernet sauvignon is a cross between parents cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. While the peppery, perfumed and finessed franc can certainly hold its own, it is often selected to play a supporting, rather than starring role...
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Allison Spurrell
Cheese Pleaseby: Allison Spurrell
Celebrating our 150th with Cheese

Celebrating our 150th with Cheese

I know Canada Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’re done celebrating the great things about our country in this auspicious year. Had I been a more organized person I would have written this article weeks ago, but anyone who knows me could tell you that the only thing I’m ever on time for is work!However late I am, I still think there is a lot of time this summer to enjoy the amazing things happening with cheesemakers across the country. I know many people will be travelling within Canada over the next few months and I just want to remind the food lovers amongst you to keep an out for small makers, wherever you are...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Top 10 : Cool Portuguese Whites

Top 10 : Cool Portuguese Whites

Portugal gets the heat. This beautiful, friendly and genuine country, wedged between continental Spain and the vast Atlantic ocean can easily reach 45+ Celsius, so indigenous grapes (there are more authchthonous grapes per hectare in Portugal than anywhere on earth) have learned to adapt. And skilled winemakers seeking freshness have opted to plant where the vines can make use of a refreshing break: at altitude, on cool soils, near the sea, in the path of cooling winds. The allure of Portuguese wine is not just in the microclimates and local grapes...
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