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Week in Review

Tuesday, April 18 2017
04 · 18

London, Santiago, Oliver and more

The travel cranks up this month. Treve is back in London judging at the IWC and I’m on my way to the south Okanagan Valley for the season opening, broadcast of the Best of Food and Wine’s Grape Escape at Hester Creek, Saturday morning at 11am. Winery interviews will include La Stella, Le Vieux Pin, Tinhorn Creek, Bartier Brothers, Road 13, Clos du Soleil, Osoyoos Larose and C.C. Jentsch and our hosts, Hester Creek and Terrafina.  Our Cheese Dream this week is L ‘Edel de Cleron, our Top Ten features Argentine malbec with riesling on deck. After that I’ll be in Santiago, Chile for a few days before we all return for the big The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour May 4. We are closing in on 1000 reviews for 2017, estimated value $35K – free to you. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page.

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Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
by: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Top Ten : French Reds Under $25

Top Ten : French Reds Under $25

There are few things more satisfying than a casual French bistro meal and a bottle of juicy red. Unpretentious, honest, satisfying sums up both the food and the wine. And, critically, the price; these are not expensive, fine dining experiences, but they're oft the very best. Be it steak frites, or cassoulet, or oeufs en meurette, or a lardon laced arugula salad, the perfect pairing is a fine grained and friendly red, with enough meaty or savoury intensity and structure to match. These are some favourite French reds under $25 we've tasted recently, that slake our longings for France and match our appetite for bistro fare...
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Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
by: Anthony Gismondi & Treve Ring
Top Ten: Riesling

Top Ten: Riesling

A riesling top ten is long overdue and no matter how underrepresented it is as a varietal wine on restaurant wine lists, this week we encourage you to bag, bottle and drag a bottle of riesling to your favourite Thai, Chinese, Indian or Pan Asian restaurant and experience how well it accompanies the food. We are year round fans of riesling at GOW, but for many, their first favourable exposure usually comes when the weather turns gloriously warm, and spring is now well upon us. The biggest issue surrounding riesling is that it comes with baggage; the image that all riesling resembles the cheap, bastardised, sweet versions that used to be all you could buy in wines shops still remains...
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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
Chablis : Terroir and Climats

Chablis : Terroir and Climats

What is chardonnay? It really depends on who you ask, and where it's from. Adaptable and hearty chardonnay flourishes easily in most climates and conditions, making it one of the most widely-planted grape varieties on the globe, and planted in more wine regions than any other. The final results are a spectrum of flavours and styles – from pristine Blanc de Blancs Champagne to flinty and precise Chablis and from noble Burgundian heavyweights to creamy Californian ripeness and yes, even to lusciously sweet Canadian icewine. With so many faces, guises and options, what is chardonnay? The grape itself is fairly neutral, owing a great deal of its flavour to vineyard and winemaking decisions...
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