OntarioWineReview Cabernet Franc Challenge
Over the course of five nights in November and into December (Nov. 8, 14, 20, 27 & Dec. 6), we'll convene at The Fine Wine Reserve in downtown Toronto, where we'll taste over 40 different wines from 34 Ontario wineries.
The wines will be broken down into 3 categories: Cabernet Franc, Franc Blends, and Franc Reserves. Each night, we'll taste between 7 and 10 different wines from that night's category; tasting will be done blind (you'll know the category but not the producer). Then, each taster will decide, based on a scale from 1 to 10, the following criteria: 1) do you like it; 2) would you buy it; and 3) is it good value. There will also be a brief talk about Cabernet Franc, its history and future in Ontario, all hosted by the Grape Guy himself, Michael Pinkus. Your votes and feedback will determine Ontario's Best Cabernet Franc.
Afterward we'll mix and mingle for coffee and dessert, featuring some special bottles of wine from area fruit wineries, Balderson cheese, some sweet treats and coffees from Raymond Emes & Co. There will also be door prizes from The Original Grape Shirt Company.
Where and when:
The Fine Wine Reserve between Spadina and Bathurst on King Street
Wine and cheese reception 7:00 pm.
Tasting 7:30 pm.
After party 9:0010:00 pm.
Thurs. Nov. 8: Regular Cabernet Franc
Wed. Nov. 14: Regular Cabernet Franc
Tues. Nov. 20: Cabernet Franc Blends
Tues. Nov. 27: Cab Franc Reserve
Thurs. Dec. 6: Cab Franc Reserve
Different wines in these categories are poured each night.
The cost: $40 per person per night.
Bonus: purchase any 3 nights and get an invite to the exclusive Cabernet Franc icewine tasting.
Visit www.ontariowinereview.com or owrcabfrancchallenge.blogspot.com for all the details, or call the Grape Line, 416-346-2223. Tickets can be purchased on line or over the phone using your Visa, Mastercard or Amex, or by printing off the registration form (at owrcabfrancchallenge.blogspot.com) and paying by cheque.