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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, February 17 2022

Top Ten: Red Wine Values

By: Anthony Gismondi
Rising wine prices threaten to extinguish what remaining value there is in wine.

This week we offer a tiny break from the crushing rise in wine prices in British Columbia with a list of highly vetted red wines that represent at least a modicum of value.

From supply issues to punitive taxes, consumers are being hammered from all sides. The ad valorem system in BC is at its worst during times when price hikes are rampant and ongoing. The pandemic has set off a long line of price hikes on just about every good and service in the wine business, while the monopolies sit back and apply their crushing markups and taxes to already inflated wine prices, making windfall profits and not adding a single cent of quality to the product or their service. Stock up, as you will only pay more down the road.

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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 over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. 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.