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A Wine Lover's Diary, part 234 (March 30, 2009)

Monday, March 23: A meeting with a guy from Home Safety Services to discuss and alarm system for the new wine cellar. Worked on the Post City Magazine annual awards issue – my column is the best in wine experiences over the last year. For dinner, Thai food with Deinhard Green Label Riesling 2007.

Tuesday, March 24: Interviewed Don Triggs by phone in the Okanagan for a magazine piece (Acura) on Osoyoos Larose and Le Clos Jordanne, the wines created by Vincor under his chairmanship. Lunch at Tula with Ivano Reali, Managing Director of Castello di Gabbiano in Tuscany. We tasted through a range of Gabbiano wines:

  • Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2008 (grapes from Friuli and Trentino with 10% Garganega): pale colour; peach pit nose; fresh and dry with a hazel nut note on the finish. Easy drinking (86).
  • Gabbiano Rosé 2008 (Sangiovese): orange pink colour; cherry nose; earthy, well extracted fruit, dry and full on the palate (87).
  • Gabbiano Chianti 2007 (95% Sangiovese with 5% Canaiolo and Colorino): deep ruby; medium-bodied, dry and savoury with cherry and licorice flavours; soft tannins (87).
  • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 (100% Sangiovese): dry, savoury cherry flavour with a mineral note; firm structure (88).
  • Gabbiano Bellezza 2005 (100% Sangiovese IGT): deeply coloured; noticeable oak, black cherry nose with a floral top note; smoky, mocha, blackberry and struck flint notes; rich and well extracted, tarry fruit with a spicy finish (91).
  • Gabbiano Alleanza 2005 (90% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese IGT): dense ruby; blueberry and mocha nose; creamy, full-bodied with well integrated new oak. New World style (90).

This evening our friends Penny and Anthony Bourne came over for drinks to see the condo before we all went out to Debu's, a new Indian restaurant on Mount Pleasant. I opened up a bottle of Castellblancho Brut Zero Cava, which went very well with hummus and babaganoush.

Wednesday, March 25: Marc Russell delivered my wine from The Fine Wine Reserve to my new cellar. Now I have to start opening the boxes and setting up the bottles by region. Good to have them home. Finished writing the piece about Osoyoos Larose and Le Clos Jordanne for Acura magazine. This evening to the Air Canada Centre for a meet-and-greet with the Raptors. The event is sponsored by the Veneto region, which is a bit of a disconnect, but the food is good and there are four wines to taste: Fabiano Soave 2007, Masi Campofiorin 2005, Secco-Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2006 and Buglioni Recioto 2006.

Stayed to watch the Raptors trounce the Bucks.

Thursday, March 26: Finished off an article on Prince Edward County for The County Grapevine magazine. My friend Silke has invited me to dinner at Michael's on Yonge Street. She's helping the restaurant with their PR. Our group has a glass or two of Baron Philippe de Rothschild Viognier 2007 with hors d'oeuvres before sitting down. The food is delicious. The wine keeps flowing – Louis Latour Chardonnay 2007, Sebastian Roux Meursault 2004, Louis Latour Pinot Noir and Jean-Claude Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin 2002. Thank heaven the restaurant is within walking distance to the condo.

Friday, March 27: Cleaning my desk before I leave for the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester, New York. I'm driving down at noon with my wine writer colleague Edward ("The Wine Doctor") Finstein.




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