Anthony Gismondi is one of North America's most influential wine critics. He is Editor-in-chief at Wine Access, Canada's national wine magazine and has been a weekly wine columnist for the Vancouver Sun since 1989. Anthony is also founder and Publisher of

Highlights from the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Posted By: Anthony Gismondi · 2/17/2017 7:03:00 AM

Next up is @evolvecellars! Tasting their Rose and Effervescence 👌🏼 #viwf2017 #viwf

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Setting up at the Convention Centre. The calm before the storm.

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The wine tastings have started at the 2017 International Wine Festival! Tune into #viwf2017

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@Regrann from @tony_kasey - Always great to talk to our friends, Sandra and Andrew from @tinhorncreek #viwf - #regrann

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39th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival Feb 16th - 18th

Posted By: Anthony Gismondi · 2/9/2017 3:42:00 PM

Calling all Vancouver wine lovers! Super Bowl is over but a super wine festival is happening this weekend. To celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday this year's Vancouver International Wine Festival theme country is our very own! Wineries from Coast to Coast - Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island - will be pouring over 800 different wines over three days at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Get you tickets here 

Here's a taste from last year's festival.

The Best of Food and Wine Show will be broadcasting LIVE from the tasting room Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check out the guest line up here

Wine Wednesday - February 8th

Posted By: Anthony Gismondi · 2/8/2017 11:36:00 AM

This is the last Wednesday before Valentine's Day so here's a delicious combination of fresh strawberries and sparkling wine. This bottle of Fresita is perfect with fresh fruit, fish, shellfish, cheese, chocolates or dessert. It’s also the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day!

Pinkish-red in colour,  with fine, persistent bubbles and elegant strawberry aromas, Fresita Sparkling Wine is fresh, young and soft with a sweet pleasant finish.

You can pick up this wine at your local BC Liquor store on sale until March 4th for only $14.99 


Tasting notes: 

- bright cranberry acidity helps tame the pure strawberry jam sweetness while the foamy mousse keeps it light and fun ~ T. Ring

The name Fresita was born from the word "strawberry", Spanish name of strawberry. Few know that the original strawberries are white, and discovered in Chilean Patagonia.Today strawberries - Chilean strawberries, both white and red, are recognized ...