A Wine Lover's Diary, part 225 (January 26, 2009)
Monday, January 19: Wrote my 680News wine reviews and then spent the rest of the day working on the cellar book. Broke at lunch to arrange for the certificate for Andrew von Teichman as the winning blind taster for my annual award. It will be presented to him at the Ontario Imported Wine Spirits and Beer Association dinner on February 13th at the National Club. For dinner, chicken curry with a bottle of Lorenz Gewürztraminer Altenberg de Bergheim Vieilles Vignes 2002. A perfect match.
Tuesday, January 20: Another day editing the manuscript. Working on the country entries, recommended producers and my "dream cellar" from each of the regions. This evening to Buddha Dog on Roncesvalles for a promotion to promote Terroir (a motivational one-day symposium for the hospitality industry Tuesday, March 3rd at Hart House). Eight chefs had been invited to create toppings for Buddha Dog's hot dogs. A fun event with lots of wine industry people in attendance.
Wednesday, January 21: Recorded my 680News reviews. Have a bad cold that is very obvious on air. Since I record three weeks' of wine reviews at a time, listeners will think I have an everlasting cold. Dropped into the Summerhill liquor store to buy wine for a tasting on February 5th. I'm choosing lesser-known grapes, like Grüner Veltliner and Carménère. Just to get away from Chardonnay and Cabernet. Dinner: pork loin and Mission Hill Pinot Noir Reserve 2006.
Thursday, January 22: Received the following email from the LCBO:
Vintages announces a new "Bin End" feature on VintagesShopOnline.com. Starting Wednesday, January 28, Vintages will be offering discounts of up to 30% on the last few bottles of select Online Exclusives products. The same 24/7 convenience, real-time product availability and free delivery to any LCBO store applies to Bin End wines and spirits at www.vintagesshoponline.com. Shop Online today!
Looks like the Board will be having lots of sales to get rid of inventory. Dinner: roast chicken with Tapeña Garnacha 2007. I think there is an inverse ratio between the quality of wine and the back label prose. "The soul of Tapeña Garnacha can be found in cafes that line the sunwashed plazas of Barcelona. Warmed by the afternoon sun, they're aglow with tapas, life and laughter. Perhaps it's because everyone has a glass and a fork." It's minus 18 with a wind chill factor of minus 30 here in Toronto. I should be in Barcelona.
Friday, January 23: A tasting of general list LCBO products this morning. A meeting at 1:30 pm with the owner of the building, his general contractor and Adam Balogh, the engineer from Vintage Keeper, to discuss the construction of a wine cellar in the basement. I have purchased a space that will be built with proper insulation. Very exciting. Dinner: lamb chops with Fish Eye Shiraz 2006 from California. I'm seeing a lot of billboard ads for this wine around town. It's cheap and cheerful ($8.95) but with a name like that and a drawing of a fish on the label consumers may think this Shiraz is fish friendly. Wrong.