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A Wine Lover's Diary, part 237 (April 20, 2009)

Monday, April 13: Drove up to a lock company to buy a new lock for the wine cellar since there are too many keys floating around. Am also having an alarm system installed. Sent off the flights of wines to the judges for the Ontario Wine Awards. They were handed their notes on the wines they tasted blind once Deborah had entered their scores into the computer program. For dinner, a Hungarian wine, Hunyady Kekfranos Kethely 2006, with grilled pork chops.

Tuesday, April 14:  Lunch at Caffe Doria with Lindsay Groves and Steve Elphick to discuss the 2010 calendar project – a fund-raiser for Grapes for Humanity. Steve has taken a series of photos for each month. Stayed on for my next meeting there with Geddy Lee, Jeff Lyons and Joel Rose to plan another grapes for Humanity event for September: Geddy Lee's Fantasy Harvest "Closer to the Beaune" Picnic Extravaganza. The idea is to book a Via Rail train carriage to transport participants down to a Niagara winery where they will help with the harvest and have a great lunch prepared by a celebrity chef. Geddy is going to ask Alex Lifeson if he'll come in as well. Then on to another meeting, this time with Grand Cru regarding this year's fund-raiser for Toronto General Hospital. For dinner, stuffed salmon with Sonoma Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2006.

Wednesday, April 15: A Wine Writers Circle tasting of Ontario wines down at the Scrivner Square LCBO store. In the evening dropped in at Malivoire's party to launch their new labels. Deborah joined me there and afterwards went to Crush for dinner with Steve and Paula Elphick. Ordered a glass of Rabl Grüner Veltliner 2006 and a bottle of Chave St. Joseph 2007.

Thursday, April 16: A tasting of wines for Salute's dinners in May, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Alex and Max Nokhrin of Nokhrin wines brought along eleven wines from their portfolio for us to try to determine what would work best with a four-course dinner. We started with three champagnes from a house I hadn't heard about called Pierrel, a Brut, Oressenses Blanc de Blancs and a Rosé. Two wines from the Loire followed, Vignoble Guibault Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Vignoble Guibault (Sauvignon and Chardonnay blend) and Domaine de la Poulette Côte de Nuits Villages 2007. Next flight was Domaine Bourbon Morgon 2006 and Domaine Bourbon Juliénas 2007, followed by Marchand de Graumont Pommard 2005. Finally, Château du Grand Moueys 2000, an Entre-Deux-Mers red, and Domaine du Bois Meges Côtes-du-Rhône 2007. In the evening Gordon Pape picked me up and we went to the Canadian Opera Company wine auction at Crush. I bid on eleven bottles of Gosset 1999 Champagne but since there was no phone call I guess my bid was trumped.  

Friday, April 17: A Vintages tasting for the May 23rd release. We now have a new tasting room, three times the size of the old one. We can now sit down and the table tops are higher so you don't get backache writing your notes. There were 111 wines out. Could be they expanded the tasting area so that they could put more wines out. Cleared up my desk prior to leaving for London tomorrow for a week's judging in the Decanter International Wine Competition.




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