Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, May 10 2018

Top Ten : California Heavyweights

By: Anthony Gismondi
Golden Picks from the Golden State

BC Liquor Stores will celebrate California wines this weekend with a major release of some of the best reds made in the sunshine state.

This Saturday at 9:30 a.m., BC Liquor Stores will release a wide selection of wines from the 2014 vintage, thought to be one of the best years in the recent run of excellent growing seasons. I’m a huge fan of the 2013's but I’ll admit there is an added finesse to many of the 2014's that is rare. The better news is that after years of very little change in style, California vintners are finally beginning to dial into their sites, exploring the outer edges of acidity, nervousness, and finesse, and not just the power and the weight easily achieved in such warm climes. The complete list of wines and stores is online at BC Liquor Stores. It’s a terrific opportunity to put a few wines away to celebrate a birth year or an anniversary, as the best will live 20 years no problem. Here is a look at our top ten and ties tasted since January.


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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.