Ontario Wine Awards Gala, Queens Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, followed
by an opportunity to sample the wines at the Distillery District
Fermenting Cellar June 13, 416-398-
3335 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Info at www.ontariowineawards.ca
Beringer Vertical Tasting, Royal York, Toronto, presented by Vintages
and Foster's Wine Estates, 416 365 5767.
Santé, Bloor-Yorkville Wine Festival (over 70 international
wineries, dining, shopping, tastings, 416 928 3553, ext. 27.
Toast! The Stone Distillery, 55 Mill Street, Toronto, the Canadian
Cancer Society's fundraiser, featuring wines, beers, live
entertainment, a silent auction and foods from top restaurants, 416 485
Winemakers' dinner with Robert Mondavi Winery, Jamie Kennedy
Restaurant, 9 Church Street, Toronto, presented by Vintages and
Churchill Cellars, 416 365 5767.
Syrah vs. Grenache, North York Memorial Community Hall, Winetasters
Society of Toronto, 416 690 0281.
New Zealand Wine Fair, 705 444 0195.
Sample good wines/food with over 100 exhibitors at Fiesta Buckhorn: www.fiestabuckhorn.com.
*Law of Mechanical
Repair: After your hands are coated with grease your nose will itch or
you'll have to pee.
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The Cuvée Awards, Ontario’s wine
Oscars have been judged, from 180 hopefuls, and not found wanting, by a
jury of 37 winemakers, and the winners are....
Best Red: Pillitteri
Cabernet Franc Family Reserve 2002;
Ltd. Edition Red:
Creekside Reserve Merlot 2002;
Best White: Andrew Peller
Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie 2004;
Ltd. Edition White:
Niagara College Teaching Winery Chardonnay Warren Classic 2003;
General List Red: Creekside
Cabernet Merlot 2002;
General List White: Colio
Pinot Grigio 2004;
Trius Brut NV;
Sweet: Andrew Peller
Signature Series Vidal Icewine Oak Aged 2004;
Ltd. Edition Sweet:
EastDell Vidal Icewine 2004;
Meritage: Mike Weir
Cabernet Merlot 2002;
Kacaba Reserve 2002;
Red Hybrid: Henry of
Pelham Reserve Baco 2004;
Merlot: Peninsula Ridge
Pinot Noir: Niagara
College Teaching Winery Reserve 2004;
Riesling: Angels Gate
Sauvignon Blanc: Vineland
Malivoire Estate Bottled 2004;
Tony Aspler Cuvée Award
of Excellence: Bill Lenko.
of probability: The probability of being watched is proportional to the
stupidity of your act.
is Back (soon)
Brock U at St. Catharines is hosting the third Bacchus wine conference
June 14-16, 2007. Dr. Isabel Lesschaeve, Director of the Cool Climate
Oenology and Viticulture Institute, is happy “to raise our profile and
because our students will benefit hugely.”
Wine scientists, experts, professionals and enthusiasts will exchange
ideas on science, culture and business with a strong focus on
The first Bacchus (to the Future) was at Brock, the second was in
Beaune and Dijon, Burgundy. For more
Theorem: When the body is fully immersed, the telephone rings.
Jean-Guillaume Prats, of superstar Cos d'Estournel, sees the top 2005
Bordeaux possibly going to the consumer for 350-500 a bottle.
“We may see a situation where two bottles of first growths are selling
for the equivalent of 900 litres (1,200 cases) of Bordeaux bulk wine!”
That’s how extraordinary the early appraisals are of this stellar
A new study says screw caps keep Sauvignon Blanc fresher than corks (as
well as never tainting the wine).
Researchers at U of Auckland using gas chromatography found the aromas
of passion fruit, box tree and grapefruit were 23% higher in wines with
screw caps. These tropical smells fade in contact
with oxygen, which is why wines lose their fruitiness.
The cork and screw cap are equal at preventing oxygen getting into the
bottle, but oxygen can get in during corking operation or the aromas
could be absorbed by the cork.
of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don't know what you
are talking about.
Riverland, South Australia, home to volume production of sunny everyday
Oz wines is also home to family-owned Angove’s, the makers of Red Belly
Black, Long Row and Bear Crossing, some of the world’s best-value wines.
The Long Row wines are from the enormous 1,300-acre Nanya Vineyard.
They’re 5 kilometres long and laseraligned: 1,500 km of vines in all,
with precision irrigation on the red, sandy loam! On the banks of the
Murray, NE of Adelaide, Nanya is harvested in 150 parcels by machine,
at night when it’s cool, and the grapes are further cooled in the
winery to keep them fresh with crisp acidity. The Long Row Chardonnay
'04, 88641779 (v) $13.95 is robust and fruity with a core of ripe Bosc
pear, lemony citrus with a hint of creamy vanilla and finishing on a
tangy note of lemon drops. Ready for roast chicken, grilled salmon,
paella or pork loin (88).
The other half of
Angove’s wines come from elite regions such as the Hunter, Clare,
McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Padthaway, handled individually as a
premium range or blended into the Riverland wines. Tulloch, another
family winery, whose products Angove’s distributes, offers a super
Verdelho (that’s the grape variety) in Ontario, a rich dry white with
damson, greengage, green apple, lemon grass and lime character, (88)
$19.95 at Vintages in April, from the Hunter Valley, much visited by
Sydneysiders and tourists.
In April, also, you’ll see Nine Vines, a Grenache/Shiraz dry
rosé for spring/summer sipping pleasure on the dock or at the
cottage – think food-friendly cherry cola, smoky strawberry/ raspberry
with a touch of licorice $11.95 (v). In Oz they call this the red
drinker’s white! The obscure label image, by the way, is a rose.
Rosé, get it?
Bear Crossing Cabernet Merlot ‘03 is more cola-chocolate, with plum and
mulberry, spicy, soft, with a lift of residual sugar for mouthfeel and
smoothness (86). Very user friendly at $11.95 LCBO. The Teddy Bear logo is an Aussie
road sign. Angove’s Shiraz, alias Stonegate Shiraz in some provinces,
is a soft, black pepper, raspberry and red fruit for everyday drinking
that’s a steal for $9.70 (87). Red Belly Black Shiraz ‘03, $16.95,
rich, ripe, chocolatey blackcurrant and spicy, sold 200 cases in
Ontario in just three days and has been re-ordered by Vintages, back
here June 10. Layered and complex, with a touch of oak, there’s a lot
there although it can be cellared for 2-4 years. Named for the
eponymous snakes in the vineyards, it’s good value. Fruit from cool
Wrattonbully and Padthaway is in the blend. 100% pasta perfect! Stay
tuned for it to reappear.
*Law of Close Encounters: The probability
of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you
don't want to be seen with.
Sulfites, harmless and universally used to kill airborne vinegar
bacteria, are the usual suspects when people occasionally have bad
reactions to wine – sneezing, hot flushes, headaches, etc. If you don’t
already decant/aerate your reds and whites to dissipate (the highly
volatile) sulfites, vigorously pre-pouring the wines into a widemouthed
jug (highly advisable), here are the organic wines available in Ontario
so you don’t have to: made with minimal sulfur, pesticides and
herbicides, these all-natural wines taste good and are examples of the
Syrah Mendocino ‘02,
Brown Forman Intl., 573709
Les Baux Provence Rosé ‘05,
Terres Blanches, 684993
Riesling Organic Terre d'Etoiles
‘04, Mittnach, 685339
Yoshi Premium Ginjo Junmai Sake,
Shiraz ‘04, Sonop, 999961
Falerio, Colli Ascolani ‘04,
Family Reserve Riesling ‘04,
Quails Gate, 590653
Ch St Germain Rouge ‘03,
Languedoc, Didier Cabanes, 718924
Minola Barbera ‘03, Nuova
Chardonnay Moira Vineyard ‘03,
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Malivoire, 573154
Melissanthi Meliton ‘04,
Porto Carras, 673269
Côtes-du-Rhône ‘03, Domaine Perrin, 948059
Vertus Crianza Tempranillo ‘02,
Can Vendrell Brut Reserva,
Albet y Noya, 664615
Mantinia White ‘04,
Rosso Piceno ‘03,
Saladini Pilastri, 964866
Las Lomas Chardonnay ‘05,
Maule Valley, 663021
Ch Roubia ‘01, Minervois,
Grotti Mestre, 705632
Monferrato Barbera ‘03,
Nuova Cappelletta, 719518
Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray Sec ‘04,
SA Huet, 705764
Tommolo Montepulciano ‘02,
Merlot Côtes-de- Thongue
‘03, Domaine Bassac, 730978
Vintages Essentials: Bonterra
Chardonnay, 342436, Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, 3424288.
Farming au naturel: going beyond organic, biodynamic growers create
their own liquid natural fertilizers by burying cow horns stuffed with
manure vines then crushing them with water, blood and bone meal to feed
Biodynamics is oldfashioned husbandry and it’s eco-friendly.
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