BC Food & Wine Radio Feb 14, 2024 Mark Sheridan
Anthony interviews Mark Sheridan, President of Hester Creek Estate Wines in the South Okanagan on the British Columbia's first sub-appellation, the Golden Mile Bench. The winery has Canada's oldest vines, planted back in 1968 and we hear how they're holding up against the deep freezes over the past two years. Mark has a glass half full perspective when considering the recent challenges and their effects on B.C.s wine industry as a whole.
BC Food & Wine Radio Feb 7, 2024 Richard Da Silva
Anthony Gismondi interviews Richard Da Silva, Co-Proprietor & Vigneron for Da Silva Vineyards in the Okanagan where his family has farmed for decades. Richard offers his insights on the recent deep freezing events in the past two years and what he feels must change to reduce the natural and not-so-natural pressures on making a living making and selling wine in British Columbia and Canada.
2024 Vancouver International Wine Festival Preview
The Vancouver International Wine Festival is returning Feburary 24th with Italy as its focus. In its 45th year Canada's premiere wine trade show and the largest consumer wine show in the Americas, it's a highlight for many who love wine. Join Gismondi on Wine Editor-in-Chief Anthony Gismondi and find out what to expect at the festival from VIWF's Executive Director Harry Hertscheg, including the number of wines, events and countries this year and where to get your tickets. Wine writer and educator, and the 2024 VIWF Keynote Speaker, Filippo Bartolotta, joins us from his home in Italy to explain what makes the current Italian wine industry so interesting and exciting, unlike ever before. #vanwinefest #VIWF2024 #winetasting
Liber Estates: A Tale of Three Vineyards
Mike and Nicole Dowell have met the challenges of raising a young family, buying a vineyard and building a winery, and acquiring two more terroir-based estate vineyards, giving them vital control over all their grapes. As we visit and taste in all three vineyards, it is easy to appreciate the work and dedication required of a small, land-based producer as they search for their place in the modern-day wine world.
Bottega and Prosecco
We met up with Arianna Carafoli, Bottega's Export Director, at the Vancouver International Wine Festival earlier this year for a quick course on prosecco, while learning about Bottega's stylish bottles and spreading the Italian lifestyle through its brand.
Flavour, Texture, Time
Okanagan-born and raised Michael Bartier has been growing wines in the region for decades. He invited Anthony Gismondi to compare new and old vintages to see how his bottles have fared over time. The highly-experienced tasters take you on an animated tour of Bartier Bros.'s best hits focused on flavour, texture and time, while Michael reflects on how wine shapes his life and work.
Giovanni Rosso - A Piedmont Star
The Rosso family have been winegrowers in Serralunga d’Alba for over a century. But in 1996, they decided to produce wine under the Giovanni Rosso label, employing the considerable talent of the son of Giovanni Rosso, Davide Rosso. The superstar winemaker studied in Burgundy at Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Denis Mortet which explains the elegant style of the Giovanni Rosso wines, not a word always associated with nebbiolo, at least when it's young. Still, it describes Rosso’s wines to a tee. Davide has eschewed pesticides or herbicides to grow organically and make wines that speak terroir before anything else. We caught up with the winery's International Export Director, Daniele Dellanoce, at the Vancouver International Wine Festival for a quick mini master class on Langhe nebbiolo and the story of Giovanni Rosso, located in the Barolo commune of Serralunga D'Alba.
Matteo Pola, Fontanabianca
At 32 years of age, winemaker Matteo Pola has shown impressive determination and skill while taking over the day-to-day winegrowing from his father and founder of Fontanabianca, Aldo Pola. Matteo is already wowing the critics, inspired by his mentor and formidable Nebbiolo producer Beppe Caviola. We caught up with him in Vancouver to talk about the family business and his thoughts on the future of Barbaresco and all things Piemontese. Be prepared to add Fontanabianca to your travel list the next time you are headed for northern Italy.