Anthony Gismondi on Wine


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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.

Orofino Vineyards - Riesling

Glenn Stirling, winemaker for Orofino Vineyards in the Similkameen Valley, explains why they offer three different rieslings in 2022 and what they would taste like compared to one of their rieslings that has been aged more than a decade.

Insider Barbaresco Report

Barolo has long held the title of the "King" of Piedmont wines while the softer Barbaresco is crowned the "Queen,” but with several stellar vintages of late, there could soon be another coronation, of a sort, in the wine region. Winemaker Matteo Pola visited Vancouver for the first time recently, and we took the opportunity to sit down to talk about the family winery, Fontanabianca, and the rise of Barbaresco. We'll release the full interview in September. Still, in this short clip, you will be interested to hear what Matteo says about recent and upcoming Barbaresco vintages, including his birth year wine.

Blind Tasting of Quails' Gate & Top Global Chardonnays

In June, Quails' Gate Estate Winery in West Kelowna, British Columbia, hosted a blind tasting of three of its top chardonnay labels amongst well-known international chardonnays and to be assessed and benchmarked by a wide-ranging panel of Canadian wine experts. We divided the blind tasting into three sessions and offer you the chance to sit at the table as the wines are tasted and, at the end of each round, when the wines are revealed, you have a front-row seat to the panel discussion.The results may surprise you. Along the way, you experience what it is like to taste blind and how talented the panel is as it works its way through the wines. What may seem like vast differences of opinion are more like taking a different path to get to mostly the same conclusions. Chardonnay is the favourite whipping boy of industry analysts, but in the end, it is one of the most widely drunk wines in the business. We take our hats off to the Stewart family and the team at Quails’ Gate for having the guts to pull off an event like this and letting you behind the scenes of the modern-day wine business.