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I have met Marcelo Papas on a number of occasions when he swings through Toronto ... his wines are always worth trying: the whites yes, but especially the reds - which the Marques line excels at ... their age-ability at the price point they offer these wines at is extraordinary and past tastings have proven this time and time again.
A tasting put on by wine agent Alto Vino made up primarily of Australian wine, (with some New Zealand) and a Champagne house (a very good Champagne house) thrown in for good measure. The tasting took place at the new Iron Gate Wine Management event centre, let's take a look at both the wines and the venue ...
New Zealand's wine fair comes in two parts: the "seminar" and the general tasting. Seminar Wines ... This year's seminar was all about Pinot Noir - from all over New Zealand. Pinot is New Zealand's second most planted variety, but a distant second to Sauvignon Blanc. With the most Pinot planted in Marlborough followed by Central Otago and Wairarapa.
"Rain Rain go away, I want to drink some Chardonnay" I read that on a twitter post on the day of the Chardonnay World Tour ... Last year's event was plagued with a heavy rain storm the night before, which caused havoc with the grounds and pools of water like motes around the event tents, areas were cordoned off to prevent people from going for a "swim" ... This year, it just rained all day.
Six producers from the Montefalco region came to town to show off their wares ahead of my trip to the region later in the month (see link at bottom to see the trip). Montefalco comes to T.O. with their Sagrantino and Rosso wines, plus a few surprises. The Wines and Wineries ...
The annual California Wine Fair, held at the Royal York in Toronto, featured some 113 wineries and considering that each winery brings 4-5 wines with them you get a lot of California fermented grape juice in one room. There is no way to taste them all so you pick and chose based on your interests or any assignment you have coming up.
Can't believe we're in the 8th year of this must-attend event. Since the very first back in 2007 the reputation of this event has grown and now it is something many look forward to each and every year (myself included). I have missed only one "646" event (and it was the downpour year of 2009 - if there was one to miss ...).
Churchill's never seems to bring out their big guns, it's an assortment of general list and a few vintages products ... call it a tasting for the masses. But it's still interesting to taste the newest vintages of some old favourites, new to market labels and some facelifts on well worn products ... These were the highlights of the Churchill tasting: Alpine Valley 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($14.
As a wine writer and wine lover, I attend a variety of events and get to try a number of wines from all over the world. Here I review the wine related events I attended and the things that thrilled me about them. More wine related articles by me can be found at www.ontariowinereview.com