As Director of Wine at New District, I am over the moon to have Anthony Gismondi's Holiday Party Picks embellish our festive season wine offerings. Anthony has selected six diverse wines for his party pack, and there are a limited number. What’s good for Tony, is good for us.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Anthony Gismondi first came to British Columbia on a football scholarship to Simon Fraser University. Well established as Canada's most influential wine critic, Anthony has shaped the palates of winelovers from Tofino to Twilingate for decades. A veteran broadcaster, Anthony has also hosted Canada's longest-running wine and food radio show, CISL650's Best of Food + Wine since 1997 alongside co-host Kasey Wilson. He is partner and principal critic at WineAlign.com, and has been the wine writer for Vancouver Sun for 28 years. As publisher and editor of GismondiOnWine.com, Anthony travels to all corners of the wine world, tasting thousands of bottles a year. He’s a co-founder of the National Wine Awards of Canada, and judges enthusiastically around the globe. First and foremost, he is always on the consumer’s side, championing authentic wines with terroir expression, advocating fair prices, and rational wine legislation. Anthony Gismondi is, quite simply, one of the good guys in wine.
Our guest curator, Anthony Gismondi:
When New District asked if I wanted to put together a Holiday Party Pack for them I couldn’t resist.
Finding the perfect dress or the perfect shoes for the Holidays doesn't mean much if you are caught serving or drinking yesterday’s wine. So, I made this party pack to multi-task. No matter what your wine needs are, it's going to make you look good.
From Spain, the Parés Baltà Cava Brut sparkler is the perfect party icebreaker that works with a wide variety of appetizers. If you need a terrific hostess gift, simply wrap it up and take it with you to the next party. Oh, did we mention it’s organic? From Australia, enter the Hardys HRB 644 Riesling 2010. Riesling's are a very food-friendly wine. This one comes with a little bottle age, adding sophistication to the party.
If seafood is on the menu anytime during the holidays, it doesn’t get much better than with the Robert Mondavi Oakville Fumé Blanc. This historic Napa white will take your guests to a new level of appreciation for Sauvignon Blanc.
You can’t party without red wine, hence our three-nation red wine entertainers. From British Columbia, I selected a juicy, soft, hipster Stag's Hollow Grenache. It’s a mid-weight, fresh, red wine that works with pork or chicken appetizers, and makes a great gift for the hard-to-buy-for wine-drinker.
Should you require grown-up dinner wines, or upscale red wine gifts, look to our French pick, from the ever popular Rhone Valley, the Jaboulet Aîné Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cedres. Les Cedres is an 80/10/10 Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre blend, grown using bio-dynamic practices. You could pair it with Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, an Australian icon from the Barossa Valley, the second home of Rhone grape varieties.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Gismondi on Wine,