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Summer 2006

July 21-22: Sample wine and food with 100 exhibitors at Fiesta Buckhorn: www.fiestabuckhorn.com

July 23-30: Cruise the Italian & French Rivieras with Edward Finstein, www.winedoctor.ca, 905 206 8244, x7.

August 20: Australian Wine Society BBQ, Scarborough Golf Club, 416 207 9976, www.aws.ca.  

September 8: OIWSBA Golf & Dinner, Glen Eagle Golf Club, Bolton, 416 699 9535.  

September 22- October 1: Niagara Wine Festival, 905 688 0212, vidal@niagarawinefestival.com.

September 26: Australian Wine Experience, Toronto, canada@wineaustralia.com.

October 10: Mondia Alliance VinVino/ Barrique) portfolio tasting, Rosewater Supper Club, Toronto, 416 598 0033, x230.  

October 17: Cata Vinos de España, 416 967 0488.

October 21: Spirit of Toronto 2006, Thomson Hall, annual whisky gala, 613 729 7042, www.spiritoftoronto.ca.

November 23-26: Gourmet Food & Wine Show, Metro Convention Centre, 1 866 414 0454, x316, 905 634 8003, x316, www.foodandwineshow.ca.

March 23-25, 2007: Toronto Wine & Cheese Show, International Centre, 905 815 0017, 1 800 265 3673


* 2,000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won Ton

2006 Ontario Wine Awards
Sparkling: Hillebrand NV Trius Brut; Dry Riesling: Flat Rock 2004 Nadja's Vineyard; 
Off-Dry Riesling:  Mountain Road 2004 Botrytis Affected; 
Other White: Lakeview 2005 Kerner Morgan Vineyard;
Gewürztraminer: Magnotta 2004 Medium Dry Special Reserve;
Pinot Gris: Vineland 2004; 
Sauvignon Blanc: Creekside 2004 Reserve; Oaked Chardonnay
Under $20: Creekside 2004 Reserve; 
Over $20: Peller 2004 Signature Series Sur Lie; 
Unoaked Chardonnay: Château des Charmes 2004 Musqué;
Gamay: Mountain Road 2002 Reserve; 
Pinot Noir: Inniskillin 2003 Montague Estate; 
Red Hybrid: Henry of Pelham 2004 Reserve;
Cabernet Franc: Stoney Ridge 2004 Reserve;
Cabernet Sauvignon: Peninsula Ridge 2002 Reserve; 
Merlot: Lakeview 2002 Reserve Butler's Grant Vineyard; 
Syrah/Shiraz: Lailey 2004 Syrah;
Meritage: Stoney Ridge 2002 Founder's Signature Collection;
Late Harvest White: Hillebrand 2004 Late Harvest; 
Select & Special Select Late Harvest: Hernder 1999 Special Select Late Harvest Riesling;
Vidal Icewine: Coyote's Run 2004 Barrel Fermented;
Vinifera Icewine: Château des Charmes 2002 Riesling; 
Small Crush, Dry White: Creekside 2004 Pinot Gris Reserve; 
Small Crush Dry Red: Creekside 2002 Lost Barrel Red; 
Best Label Design: Norman Hardie 2004 Pinot Noir; 
Wine Journalism: Konrad Ejbich;
Sommelier of the Year: Peter Bodnar Rod;
Wine of the Year: Château des Charmes 2002 Riesling Icewine;
Winemaker of the Year: Jean-Pierre Colas, Peninsula Ridge.
 
*10 cards = 1 decacards

Closer To The Beaune
Edward and Howard Milstein, Americans with a passion for wine, have acquired the Beaune firm of Remoissenet Père & Fils. Toronto-based agent Todd Halpern of Halpern Enterprises and Maison Louis Jadot are minority shareholders. The acquisition includes a million bot tles of Burgundy from 1950 to 1990 including Montrachet, Clos- Vougeot, Grands- Echézeaux, Corton, etc. The cellars in the centre of Beaune contain thousands of these wines.

Previously managed by Roland Remoissenet (75), the firm specialized in old vintages, two-thirds of which went for export. Remoissenet also own a 2.5-hectare domaine which includes Beaune premier crus such as Marconnets, Grèves and Bressandes. Todd and his brother Colin are best known in Ontario for selling more Consignment wines, by value, than any other agency.

Their stellar 90- plus client list includes Antinori, Ceretto, Maculan, Vega Sicilia, Dominio Pingus, Ramonet, Vogüé, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Dujac, Churchill Port, Silver Oak, Firestone, Burge, and Pillitteri. 

*4 nickels = 1 paradigms

Sweet Spot For Yquem
A collection of every vintage of Château d'Yquem since 1860, rivaling the winery’s own library, is going on sale. The most exquisite of Sauternes, Yquem is known for its longevity. The London-based Antique Wine Company, which has assembled the collection, has not decided whether how the wine will be sold. Many vintages are a single bottle but cases can be supplied for 50 vintages.

A Las Vegas casino owner bought a similar collection in 1996 for US$1m. The ‘67s fetch auction prices in excess of $12,000 per case.

*Shortest distance between jokes = 1 straight line 

Let Serve!  
Thieves in a truck posing as contractors made off with 300 cases of Lanson Champagne worth $180,000 from Wimbledon.

*Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

Wine ‘n Jazz al Fresco
Château des Charmes’ Canadian Smooth Jazz Concert Series gets under way in the Vineyard Courtyard for three outstanding Sunday afternoon concerts with Robert Michaels, Rick Emmett and Carol Welsman, raising funds for the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation – July 16, August 13, and August 20. Call 1 866 234 2360.

Hillebrand’s jazz, wine and food summer, in its 17th year, begins July 8 & 9. The line-up includes the Jake Langley Quartet, Heather Bambrick, the David Braid Sextet, and the Heimlich Manoeuvre. 1 800 582-8412 or www.hillebrand.com .

*Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond


Vin Santo?
From a wine writer’s blog: “Deborah Paskus’s Chardonnays are immense, mouth-filling wines with concentrated PREACH, apricot and tropical fruit flavors . . . Wines of meditation, perhaps!

*Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

Picture Perfect
Rod Phillips’ new Ontario Wine Country is a feast for the eyes. Like all books, of course, it’s out of date already, but not to worry, it would make a luscious visual companion for Konrad Ejbich’s text-driven Pocket Guide to Ontario Wines, Wineries, Vineyards & Vines, already a best-seller.

Loraine Parow’s wine country photography is the sensuous, full-color thread that links the energy and passion of our emerging wine regions, the Peninsula, Erie North Shore, Pelee Island and Prince Edward County. Whitecap, 192 pages, $29.95, call 416 469 1555, x23.


*1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton 

Gastro-Tours
Britt Karlsson of BKWine, is offering three wine/gastronomy tours this fall: The Northern Rh┘ne, September 27 - October1; Bordeaux at Harvest Time, October 11-15; and Portugal: Wine, Food and History, October 18-22. www.bkwine.com/wine_tours/wine_tours.htm, They're run by a Swedish woman who has organized close to a hundred wine tours.

LCBO Tops $3.6 Billion
The LCBO made a record $3.659 billion in sales in fiscal 2005-06., netting $1.197 billion and delivering $1.2 billion to the Ontario government Spirits rose 3.6%. Wine is up 3% and Ontario VQA wines are up 7%. Beers, coolers and ready-to-drink cocktails rose 4.1%. Vintages sales increased 15%.


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