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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Friday, March 22 2019

Ancestral Varieties

By: Anthony Gismondi
Bringing Home Ancient Grapes

Climate change is a hot button topic worldwide and, as you might have guessed, also in the wine business, which is essentially farm-based and at the front lines.

We reported in The Vancouver Sun on an important announcement made last month in response to this issue, about a collaboration between Spain’s Familia Torres and California's Jackson Family Wines, and you can read that story here.

The Torres family has been fighting the good fight for more than a decade and among its many initiatives is its research into ancient grape varieties that have survived without human intervention. The story of how they found these vines, brought them back to life, made wine from them and eventually commercialized the very best grapes, is remarkable. We spoke to Miguel Torres Jr. about the project, termed Ancestral Varieties, and how it's been going, chronicled below in our latest video.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.