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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Sunday, July 26 2015
07 · 26

Summer Showers

Today, it poured. At least on the south coast of BC, pounding driving rain, thunder and lightening - albeit briefly - before a late afternoon return to blue skies and calm sun. Such is the new reality of global climate change. The weather, the world over, is in a period of erraticism and extremes. It's more than a bit disconcerting for those making a living farming the lands, in particular for those farmers tending to sensitive crops on year-long cycles like grape vines. That's just one reason why vintage matters. It's a snapshot of a year in the life of those vines, heat waves, lightening storms and all, and why we taste the same wines, year in and year out. Anthony has been busy compiling the results of this year's National Wine Awards of Canada, where the 2012's, 2013's and 2014's from Canada's best shone brightly. Watch for full results posted this Wednesday, July 29 over on WineAlign. As always, keep an eye on our top wine finds and travels on Instagram at GismondiOnWine.  

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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Celebrating Pinot

Celebrating Pinot

There’s a place where all devout pinot-philes go. No – it’s not heaven (the golden slopes of Burgundy) or hell (where MegaPurple flows from the faucets). It’s the International Pinot Noir Celebration, colloquially IPNC, and widely recognized as the only annual pinot noir event not to be missed. Affectionately and affirmably a ‘celebration’ (rather than a conference, forum, festival or event), the festive July long weekend brings together consumers, winemakers, sommeliers and pinot fans from around the globe for convivial sharing and learning...
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Allison Spurrell
Cheese Pleaseby: Allison Spurrell
Coffee & Cheese Break

Coffee & Cheese Break

When it comes to cheese I’m a bit of a purist. I love traditional cheese from their traditional homes. There is nothing like a taste of Beaufort to imagine the alpine meadows in the mountains of the Savoie. Enjoying the grassy, earthy taste of St Nectaire makes it easy to conjure up images of row upon row of wheels aging on straw mats in the cellars of the Auvergne. But where does that leave new world cheese makers? Straight copies of old world cheeses tend to come off a little pale when compare to their originals. Introducing something brand new to the market can be a long haul though, so what is needed is a strong personality and a dedication to the cheese maker’s own vision...
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Jim Tobler
Tobler's Takeby: Jim Tobler
Ravenswood Founder Joel Peterson

Ravenswood Founder Joel Peterson

The son of two chemists, himself trained as a microbiologist, Joel Peterson may not be the most likely winemaker and brand marketing executive, but that’s how it all shook out. He founded, with then-partner Reed Foster, the Ravenswood winery, in Sonoma. They had a beautiful three-bird logo,  plus a mantra which was  given pride of place on every label, and at the winery door itself; “No Wimpy Wines”. The mantra is a touch misleading, since in fact the zinfandels Peterson made early on, from old-vine plantings, were models of the complex heights zinfandel can reach...
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