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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Tuesday, December 5 2017
12 · 05

Holidaze are Coming

The run to the holidays continues at GOW. We are publishing a wide array of new tasting notes and two major features on global sparkling wine, just released, and our annual Champagne guide coming up December 11. You will also find several Top Ten shopping lists for the holiday season. Also, please have a look at our latest series of videos featuring British Columbian wineries. Before the year ends we will feature seven very different looks  at the growing enthusiasm for making wines in British Columbia at: Clos du SoleilBench 1775The HatchPhantom Creek EstatesMirabel Vineyards, Hillside Winery and coming shortly the Haywire Garnet Valley project. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see what we're tasting and who we're visiting and Facebook for notifications for our latest posts. 

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top 10 : Bottles for the Wine Lover

Top 10 : Bottles for the Wine Lover

There's no shortage of wine gifts out there. But what do wine people actually want? I have a drawer full of useless stoppers, openers, aerators, glassware, thermometers, pens, cloths and other gimmicky paraphenalia. Yes, it's the thought that counts (thank you all!) But if you want to show that you really put a lot of thought into it, and them, here are a couple of useful suggestions. As with wines, less is more. Small things make a big difference: a wine filter, to help when corks disintegrate; an Ah-So two-pronged wine opener to work older corks gently; a classic Pulltap corkscrew; a can of inert gas wine preserver (Anthony uses Private Preserve); a well-crafted wine glass (I use Zalto); detailed wine maps like the ones I collect from DeLong; useful reference books for their library, like the recently published Champange: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region by Peter Liem, The Dirty Guide to Wine by Alice Feiring, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power by John Szabo, or I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine, by Jamie Goode...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
All That Sparkles is Not Champagne

All That Sparkles is Not Champagne

It’s true that Champagne is the gold standard for all wines that sparkle. Tradition, time, tenure, terroir: Champagne reigns supreme. But it’s no longer necessary to fill your flute with gold, and pay that price, to enjoy a spectacular sparkling wine. It seems everywhere I travel around the world, from South Africa to Germany to Argentina to Italy and home to Canada (YAY), sparkling wine is being made, and consumed, at a streaming rate. In BC alone there are more than 75 producers of sparkling and half of those are crafted in traditional method...
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Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
by: Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
Top 10 : Holiday Party Wines

Top 10 : Holiday Party Wines

Last week we published a list of wines for anyone planning an office party in the Vancouver Sun. The list goes beyond the office however; it will work for anyone planning a large party this holiday season, especially if you are hoping to save a few bucks on the wine but not give in on quality. It's no easy task, but here are ten diverse selections, available in government liquor stores, that should cover all the palates in the room including the nerdiest of wine drinkers. This list has current prices, but you can expect them to fluctuate throughout the holidays as suppliers put them on and off limited time offers or LTOs...
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