• Nov. 3: Italian Trade Commission tasting, 416/598-1566
• Nov. 5-9: Cornucopia: Whistler Village, festivals@ tourismwhistler. com
• Nov. 7: Graham Beck winemaker’s dinner, EPIC, Royal York, 416/860-5097
• Nov. 7-9: Ottawa Wine Show, 613/567-2718, Nov. 8-9: Vintages Wine Auction, 416/364-1864, ext. 230
• Nov. 12: Australian Chardonnay, Dr. WineKnow, 416/261- 0855
• Nov. 19: Vintages Young Winemakers/ Chefs, Distillery Complex, 416/365-5928
• Nov. 20-23: Gourmet Expo, Convention Centre, 905/522-6117, ext. 306.
• Nov. 27: Beaujolais Festival, Inter-Continental, 416/205-9820
• Nov. 27: Pinot Noirs, Australian Wine Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dec. 3: Wine Aid: VQA Toasts Ontario, Royal York, 416/864-6772
• Jan. 15: Wine Aid: France Toasts Ontario, AGO, 416/864-6772
Ch. 'Uddersfield One Hot Vintage
Weapons of...Malt Destruction
Much hilarity has ensued at Bruichladdich whose webcams show Internet whisky buffs the distillation process, after the Defense Threat Reduction Agency demanded to know why one camera was no longer working.
Say the spooks: "...we are committed to monitoring commercial facilities where they would be able to make chemical weapons." "Bizarre!" says Bruichladdich's boss Martin Raynier.
Vintages just released his 15-year-old single malt, free of WMD but packing explosive flowery, seaweedy, salty, peaty flavors (92) $99.95.
Younger & Wiser
Younger's is a youthful taste flashback and Wiser's at almost 150 years old, is really going strong...and smooth. Loyalty’s clearly no problem for Wiser's, a very Canadian success.
Canadian whisky dates back to the 18th century. Before that, demon rum ruled.
Grains of corn, barley, malt and rye are milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and matured in charred white oak casks, Wiser’s De Luxe for 10 years, Very Old for 18.
"Horses should hurry, but whisky must take its time," pronounced J.P. Wiser, way back when. Today's master blender Mike Booth makes Wiser's the same careful way. No slouch, he's also had a hand in shaping Canadian Club, Ballantine's scotch,Tía María, Kahlua and Malibu rum. "Full-flavored taste is what Wiser's is all about," says Mike.
Pitching Their Own Wines
Another new wine, honoring the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, is being bottled at Clos du Bois in Geyserville, Sonoma.
Kick Back and Pour...
Crushing Blow for Kiwis...
Marlborough producers could lose share because customers can buy quality wine elsewhere. Forrest Estate owner John Forrest says: "The bubble has well and truly burst. It's just a question of how much it hemorrhages. I'm hunkering down. I'm one of the most cashed-up wineries in New Zealand, and I still feel frightened.
"The smart people overseas know how much has been planted here how much is coming on line, so they know if we don't discount our product, they will have an ample amount to pick and choose from." His main distributor has asked for an extra month to pay, and repricing for the 2004 vintage.
All-American List for S&W
The new list has Opus, Mondavi Reserve, Harlan, Colgin, and Bryant, and comers like Brewer-Clifton, Palomino, Amuse Bouche, and Tandam. Plus a great collection of the sublime '97 California Cabs. The rollout starts from NYC through Chicago, Philadelphia, D.C., Dallas, Miami, Columbus, New Orleans, Vegas and Houston.
At the same time, author/educator, Kevin Zraly, wine director at Windows on the World from '76 to '01, joins S&W as VP, training staff and writing a new book on American wines.
[American wine sales have soared 500% since '77 and now contribute $45 billion to the U.S. economy. The US ranks #3 in world wine consumption, #4 in production].
French sales in the US have taken a beating because of Iraq, but arrivals of the superb 2000 Bordeaux vintage are tempting buyers back. Burgundy exports to the US are down 30% in volume, 37% in value in the first six months. "All French wines are in the same boat , with volumes dipping 22%- 37% and values 22%- 40%," says Burgundy analyst Frédéric Dupray.
PS. At other restaurants in the Smith & Wollensky Group - like Cité, Park Avenue Café, Maloney & Porcelli, Manhattan Ocean Club and the Post House, all in New York, the wines of the rest of the world will continue to flow freely.
The Right Note for Fine Wine
* Eyedropper: clumsy ophthalmologist.
The Wages of Sin?
* "Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life." -- George Bernard Shaw
Bittersweet Oatmeal's a nutritious northern specialty favored by athletes and nursing moms; malty-hoppy Pale's a sparkling amber, the perfect draft bitter. Round, nutty Brown, dating from the 16th Century would be labeled 'mild' if served on draft.
All are brewed in stone/slate 'square' fermenting tanks using ancient slow-acting yeasts that add a special sparkle. The water is drawn from a 300-year-old well and, as they say in Yorkshire, the brewery is world famous around here! Serve at 55F.
* "Wine is sunlight held together by water." -- Galileo
New Concept for Wine
Out of 30,000 women trying to conceive, moderate wine drinkers got pregnant faster than beer or spirits drinkers or teetotalers.
They were a third less likely to take over a year and 23% less to take over two months. However, more than two glasses a day reduced fertility. The Danish Epidemiology Science Centre says it could be something in the wine, or wine drinkers just have healthier diets.
Any connection here, duh? A survey of 4,500 Americans found the word most associated with wine is "relaxed". Wine Express says: Have some Madeira, my dear, I have a small glass of it here...!