A Wine Lover's Diary, part 166 (December 10, 2007)
Monday, December 3: At this time of year wine writers receive all manner of wine-related gadgets and items. Www.wine-wall.ca sent me a wine tube, a metal tube with 12 graduated holes punched in the side to support a dozen bottles that stick out horizontally. A good idea for a visible cellar in a condo as long as you put it in a cool place. Then I got a sample box of three anti-hangover tablets from www.hangoverbuster.com. The instructions say: "The recommended dosage is 2 to 4 tablets while drinking. The first tablet should be taken after the first or second drink." This strikes me as the perfect product for those who plan to get drink themselves into oblivion and can't face the morning. My problem is that I never plan to have a hangover; it just happens though mercifully much less these years.
Spent the day working on an article on Israeli wines for Lexpert magazine. For dinner, Strewn Two Vines Cabernet Merlot 2004 with chicken.
Tuesday, December 4: Arrived at the Four Seasons at 9:30 am to taste with Sara d'Amato, Bill Munnelly, Gordon Stimmell and Steve Thurlow entries for the Santé gala dinner wine competition. We have to choose 10 products for the dinner, including aperitif wines. We tasted 3 sparkling wines, 9 unoaked whites, 8 Chardonnays, 11 light reds, 21 full-bodied reds and two dessert wines. In the evening I am conducting a wine tasting dinner for the staff of Post City Magazines about 30 people. The wines, all under $20 were:
- Vineland Estates Riesling 2006 (Ontario)
- Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (New Zealand)
- Coyote's Run Unoaked Chardonnay 2006 (Ontario)
- Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2007 (Chile)
- Finca Flichman Malbec 2006 (Argentina)
- Rosemount Diamond Shiraz 2005 (Australia)
Wednesday, December 5: A day of nothing much, just answering emails and wrestling with a Hewlett Packard printer that tells me it has a paper jam when it hasn't. Drove with Deborah to Oakville for a party at Laura and Peter Jensen's to welcome back John Nadeau from California. John is joining the Creekside operation. The Creekside winemakers Rob Power and Craig Macdonald were there with several of their wines.
Thursday, December 6: A Vintages tasting for the January release. A lot of products between $13 and $16. The LCBO obviously thinks that people are broke after Christmas or that they can offload cheapies they've held back earlier in the year. A huge tasting, which exhausted me. No wine for me tonight.
Friday, December 6: The second half of the January release, almost as big as yesterday's. I broke it up by having lunch at the Toronto Star cafeteria. Dropped in to Prego to see my friend Leonard from Brussels. He had brought a Belgium Chardonnay for Michael Carlevale and Paul Speck for us to try. It wasn't bad at all. Again couldn't face wine for dinner.
Saturday, December 7: Leonard, who imports Ontario Icewine to Belgium, and Michael Carlevale are coming to lunch. Don't have time to cook so picked up a BBQ chicken from Loblaws. Made all the more palatable with a bottle of Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2006 and Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Pinot Noir 2004 both superb wines.