Anthony Gismondi: BC wine for the week of March 24, a cellar bottle and diary items

News from the world of wine and food from Vancouver Sun wine expert Anthony Gismondi, the recommended BC wine of the week and a wine to add to your cellar.

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The California Wine Fair returns to Vancouver and you are invited to sample the latest from California Wine Country on April 25th.

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The Hyatt Regency hotel will host the educational, immersive, ambulatory and revamped event of 400 wine tastings from a wide range of regions and appellations, with winery representatives. The changes allow for a more intimate one-on-one experience that begins upon arrival when your party will be assigned to a group with a Golden State tour guide who will take you to a specific departure point.

You’ll have about half an hour to explore the 15-20 wineries in this AVA region before moving on to the next sub-appellation. The complete visit of the room will take approximately 2h30.

Each regional area will feature small bites designed to be paired with selected varietals in that room. You can savor California wines and enjoy pairings throughout the tour. This year, each wine estate offers you a new discovery on the market. The design is innovative and should also promote a safe experience. Tickets are selling fast at

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BC wine of the week

Fort Berens Chardonnay 2020, Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada

$20.99 I 88/100

UPC: 626990118503

The latest blend is 83% Dry Creek Estate and 17% Riverbend Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley. Three quarters of the mixture is fermented in stainless steel. The rest is fermented in French oak barrels. The wine was stirred twice a month to help the texture post-fermentation. The style is slender and bright with generous citrus undertones and a fresh, tight profile. It is best served with creamy or buttered dishes to tone down the acidity. Well made and just needs a few more tweaks to be an elegant, drinkable chardonnay.

Wine for the cellar

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

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$49.99 I 90/100

UPC: 089819003471

Beringer Vineyards has owned and operated its Knights Valley vineyards since the mid-1960s. The location first appeared on the label in 1974, and it officially became an American Vineyard Area (AVA) in 1983. Their 2018 oscillates between maturity and savory, walking on its notes of mint, black cherry, licorice, coffee and exotic orange. . The blend is 84/9/6/1/ Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which spends 16 months in new French oak barrels, 25 percent of which is new. I like the sophisticated yet easy-drinking style of this serious bottle of Cabernet.

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