The Vancouver Sun Wine Writer
Anthony Gismondi has been the weekly wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun since 1989. His reviews are widely read across the country and throughout the international wine community.
Anthony is also the editor-in-chief of Canada’s wine magazine, Wine Access. He is a founder of both the Wine Access International Value Wine Awards and the Canadian Wine Awards. When he’s not writing, he co-hosts the Best of Food and Wine radio talk show on Vancouver’s AM650 and he maintains a website with a database that currently includes notes on over 15,000 wines.
An avid proponent of appellations and site-specific wines, Anthony spends more than three months each year traveling to vineyards in Canada and abroad to experience intimately the wine notion of “terroir”.
Co-owner Les Amis du Fromage and
Au Petit Chavignol Restaurant
Allison with her mother Alice, own Les Amis du Fromage, Vancouver’s busy specialty cheese shop. Allison has had a keen interest in cooking from an early age and is now an accomplished chef and business owner. The Spurrell’s first business, The Menu Setters, a catering company specializing in cheese and wine functions, led to the creation of a cheese shop with a mission to make great cheese available to everybody.
Responsible for the acquisition of over 500 different types of cheeses, from across Canada as well as internationally, Allison is an authority on cheese. She conducts cheese tastings at Les Amis du Fromage, and interacts closely with many of British Columbia’s great chefs and wine tasting societies. Allison has been a judge for the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, and for the retail competition at the American Cheese Society annual conference. She has a certificate in Cheese Making Technology from the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph. She has been inducted in to the Confrérie des Chevaliers des Fromages de France and the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon.