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Being welcomed at Palatine Hills Winery This year we took the same approach to Taste the Season as we did with the 20 Valley's "Wrapped Up" event ... we picked the pairings that appealed to us, or liked the sound of. Truth is wine part of the pairing plays second fiddle to the actual food offering. As I mentioned previously, if you were truly into the wines of the area you have ...
It's back, the annual Wrapped Up in the Valley, the Twenty Valley Wineries holiday smorgasbord of food and wine - okay so not as much a smorg as a wine and food pairing extravaganza, where each winery on the passport program tries to tempt your tastebuds with fancy food selections and delectable wines.
A mid-morning tasting with winemaker JL Groux followed up by lunch. All wines are new in the Stratus line-up and some were intriguing, especially when you think it was made at an Ontario winery with Ontario grown grapes ... it's amazing to see a winery taking this kind of risk and succeeding. A beautiful line-up of wines, ready for tastingThe wine list included (click on wine n ...
It started out on the ground floor of the new Wildfire Steakhouse and Wine Bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel (8 Colborne in Toronto) and then moved upstairs where we met the winemaker, drank some of Cono Sur's newest wines and ate great food. The dinner was hosted by Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchant (agent) and Cono Sur's winemaker Matias Rios and featured some iconic wines fr ...
Sure it's called "Generation Riesling" but Germany makes more than just Riesling - thing is it's the Rieslings that stand up ... so let's take a look at what happened on this day of lunch, German wine pairing and a whole boat-load of Riesling. Riesling - Join the Movement ... if you need to be convinced to drink Riesling, I'm really not sure what to say here Starting with Lunch ...
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 ... Fattoria Col Santo 2010 Rosso (left) pretty raspberry and cherry nose with a palate of cocoa-raspberry ...
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