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A Wine Lover's Diary, part 139 (June 4, 2007)

Monday May 28: Wrote my 680News wine reviews before a meeting down at Barberian's wine cellar to discuss the venue and wines for a bankers' dinner on June 6th. Then on to a medical check up. Tonight a dinner at Villa Colombo – the annual awards given out by Vin Cambridge. I'm seated next to David Rocco, the TV chef, who gets much attention from the ladies. The guest of honour is Lamberto Frescobaldi, whose wines are served with the meal: Pomino Bianco, Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino and Vendemmia Tardiva. The menu gave no vintages.

Tuesday, May 29: A commission from Wine Business International to write an article about imported wines in Canada. They want an overview of the total market in terms of both volume and value broken down into country of origin and, where appropriate, into regions of production. And how has the consumption per head developed over the same time frame? What regions are doing well and why? Which producers are successful and why? How does the market work? Who are the importers and what do they carry? Who are the buyers: from supermarkets, through wholesalers to chains of wine shops on to the high end, high street retailers? What are the price segments and how do they affect potential sales? What are the major markets outside of Toronto, Quebec and Vancouver? Is there a noticeable difference among them? How does on- and off-trade consumption compare and how has that changed over the years? What impact does the press have on consumer habits? What countries, what regions, what brands are doing what kind of promotion? Is it successful? Are there also those who do nothing, noticeable by the absence, or some who should do more... What are the top ten brands in the Canada? Why and how did they reach that volume? How do prices work? All of this in 2000 words with pie charts and photos. Deadline June 23rd. Will have my work cut out. Deborah and I go to the ballgame. See the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3–2. Aaron Hill stole home. First time I've ever seen that live. Very exciting.

Wednesday, May 30: Drove down to the Fine Wine Reserve to pick up the wines left over from the Ontario Wine Awards. These are earmarked for a tasting for MPPs at Queens Park next Tuesday. For dinner, spaghetti and meat sauce with a bottle of Errazuriz Merlot Max Reserva 2004.

Thursday, May 31: Recorded my 680News reviews and worked on the Wine Business International article. This evening I'm conducting a wine tasting dinner at Oro for a group of accountants and their lawyer clients.

  • Reception wine: Prosecco Nino Franco
  • Thirty Bench Riesling 2005
  • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2005
  • Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano 2004
  • Torbreck Shiraz "Woodcutter" 2005
  • Catena Alamos Malbec 2005
  • Antinori Tignanello 2003
  • with the meal, McManis Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Friday, June 1: A Vintages release tasting for July. One hundred and seven wines were put out. I broke the tasting into two with a bout of selling copies of the Wine Atlas of Canada at the LCBO's fund raiser for a summer camp for handicapped kids. Sold two copies.

 

 

 

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