Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Sunday, February 24 2019

Top 10 : California

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
The VIWF theme region is primed for drinking year round

We're releasing a special Monday Top 10 in honour of the 41st Vancouver winefest.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival officially launched last weekend with the extravagant Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction. As you've probably noticed, we've been tasting and posting dozens of California wines over the past few months, covering a selection of wines and wineries present at the 41st annual VIWF, as well as dozens of other California wines.

Today the festival is in full swing, popping the cork on 53 events, 160 wineries, 16 countries, 1,425 wines and 25,000 participants. Anthony's schedule is packed this week, always one of his busiest of the year. You will find him moderating Next World Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cab 2005-2014, Growing Forward in California, and What's Cool in Sonoma, as well as broadcasting for BNN Bloomberg 1410 from the International Tasting Room Floor. Keep an eye on our instagram page for our festival highlights throughout the week.

In honour of festival week, and our neighbours to the south, here are ten recently tasted, diverse and drinkable wines from California we highly recommend seeking out anytime of the year. See you at VIWF. 

Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.