Tag: Anthony Gismondi

  • Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, 2018

    95 points from James Suckling.  Seriously.  95 points.  I have no idea what that even means.  For what?  It’s not the best Chianti at BC Liquor let alone the best Chianti available in the province.  It’s a very good Chianti.  Period.  It’s like a 90 point red wine if in fact you must rate wine. […]

  • Lunessence Brut Riesling 2020

    Bar none the sparkling wine of summer 2021.  We drank it, we sipped it, we had it as an aperitif, sometimes with a dash of Amaro or Campari; one guest even asked for an Aperol spritz (it takes all types…).  It’s dry.  Gorgeously tart and citrus forward with a toasty, chewy note on the palate […]

  • Hester Creek Trebbiano, 2019

    Trebbiano in the Canadian Okanagan.  Who knew? And old vines at that. To be fair, we knew; during the stay at home C19 days of stir crazy stillness.  And we knew where to score it at the vineyard price, in Vancouver, at $23, rather than, say, Marquis, at $29.  So why bother blogging about that […]

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon, 2015

    From the cellar: Ah yes I remember it well (said Maurice Chevalier in Gigi for anyone under 102).  This gorgeous wine straddles the fence of sticky, crushed blackberries, inky on the fingers after picking, with cleaning the stalls at the racetrack.  There is a deep, dark, currant and savoury streak crossed with the barnyard, undeniable […]

  • Chateau Gaillard Clos de Mez Morgon, 2017

    Heaven. I repeat: Heaven. We splurged for an Easter weekend red, something meat and vegan friendly, and this was the ultimate.  So bold and striking, a great big gob of fruity juiciness with these niche floral notes floating through like motifs, great balance, terrific finish.  And we finished it, in a flash. Rarely do we […]

  • Le Vieux Donjon, 2017, Painted Rock Red Icon, 2017

    With Christmas gift certificates in hand we decided to drink like the other half (or at least the one-percenters) for, you know, as long as the gift certificates held out. They held out for two bottles.  Thank you Government of BC. For starters we drank what Decanter called the Canadian red wine of the year […]

  • Culmina Hypothesis, 2012

    From the cellar: A perpetual critic’s pick, Gismondi basically gives it a pass, year after year.  It is a typical Okanagan potent potable, with heft and then some.  And although I’ve only drunk less than five bottles, since discovering Culmina, it’s never left a huge impression. It certainly lacks the wow factor of, say, Ridge […]

  • Tenuta Di Tavignano Costa Verde, 2018

    Anthony Gismondi called this wine crazy delicious and I’d be hard pressed to disagree.  It’s refreshing, zesty, ridiculously food friendly, a light 12.5% on the alcohol.  Look at that gorgeous ochre tone in the glass!  We got more citrus and a hazelnut as opposed to almond than AG remarked, but the tropical notes shine through […]

  • Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelia, 2018

    Bartlett pear, clover honey, and a good hit of stone with a dry, abrupt finish, but an acidity that breaks through cured meats, olives and firm cheese.  Wait: this isn’t a wine review.  This is the saga of the sorry state of affairs when it comes to wine in BC.   Let’s start here: Some […]

  • Domaine Ollier Taillefer Faugeres, 2015 and Chapoutier Les Meysonniers, Crozes Hermitage, 2016

    We’ve been drinking a lot of “hot review” wines lately and coming up short.  Two today for example.   Both these wines are 90 pointsters and neither lived up to our anticipated hype.  The Faugeres had no breadth, it’s decent, palatable, mildly interesting; herby, wet earth, dry. The tannins simply clashed outright with a simple […]