A Wine Lover's Diary, part 196 (July 7, 2008)
Monday, June 30: Last night my son Guy and his fiancée Laura came over to dinner to celebrate their engagement. We sat on the deck and drank Villa Sandi Prosecco with pâté de foie gras, smoked salmon and hummus. Then into the dining room for Flat Rock Seriously Twisted 2007 with pork stir fry and Inniskillin Okanagan Pinot Noir 2003 with the cheese tray. Finished with President's Choice Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is amazing with vanilla ice cream. Today, I wrote my commentary for Tidings on the need for an emerging wine region (like Nova Scotia) to have a magnet something that draws us to wine country. I am suggesting that Nova Scotia has found it in Benjamin Bridge, the winery that will open next year. For dinner, Pasqua Volto delle Venezia Pinot Grigio 2007 with chicken.
Tuesday, July 1: Canada Day. We dressed Pinot the Wonder Dog in her Canada Day kerchief and took a picnic down to Toronto's Dog beach. At Kew Gardens there is the world's largest (and only) dog labyrinth (www.doglabyrinth.tyo.ca). Pinot would probably pee on every stone. No work today. Celebrated with a bottle of Peninsula Ridge Viognier 2006 with a pork stir fry. Excellent combo.
Wednesday, July 2: Received this email today:
Hope you're doing well. Thought you might be interested in this Featherstone Winery is getting ready to welcome 40 sheep to work this year to eat the grape leaves and now Tawse Winery has followed their lead and will employ 12 sheep this summer on one of their properties.
That's the third winery in Niagara using sheep to fertilize and prune (add Southbrook). The sheep should unionize.
Wrote my monthly column for Lexpert Magazine on wine and chocolate two food groups indispensible to civilized living. Most versatile match: Banyuls.
Went over to see a collector whose air-conditioner failed during a hot spell and many of his great bottles are leaking. Have to catalogue the cellar and evaluate it for insurance purposes. For dinner, Bodegas Osborne Solaz Merlot Tempranillo 2005 with hamburgers.
Thursday, July 3: Went over to Doug Towers's house to do a tasting of wine for www.winerytohome.com with David Lawrason. We stayed for dinner outside in the garden.
Friday, July 4: This morning a CBC TV producer from Halifax, Mary Munson, and her cameraman Charlie for the Land and Sea program came to the house to interview me for a documentary about Nova Scotia wines. Pinot the Wonder dog will be on national television.