A Wine Lover's Diary, part 248 (July 20, 2009)
Monday, July 13: Worked on the article for Meininger Wine Business International on selling wine in Ontario. A telephone interview with Shari Mogk Edwards, Vice President LCBO Merchandising, about the Ontario wine market. She tells me that there is a huge demand for rosé, a wine you couldn't give away two years ago. A meeting with the Four Seasons GM to discuss the chocolate dinner menu for Grape For Humanity.
Tuesday, July 13: Deborah and I went to the ROM for the 11 am viewing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The curators have done a magnificent job putting the fragments of the scrolls into historical perspective. A very moving experience and very Toronto, with orderly queues as museum-goers shuffling tidily in line past the exhibits. A meeting for Grand Cru, the charity to raise funds for the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. And then to dinner at Vertical, where Peter Bognar-Rod presented the wines of 13th Street Winery. We began with a very impressive sparkling rosé on the terrace.
Really enjoyed the 13th Street June's Vineyard Riesling 2007, off-dry, honeyed lime, and 13th Street Sandstone Chardonnay 2006, very Burgundian.
Wednesday, July 15: Recorded my 680News wine reviews and then to lunch at Grano with Stephen and Jack Pauwels to discuss an itinerary for the group tour of Spain next May. I ordered the squid risotto. The ink turned my teeth black but it was delicious with a bottle of Anselmi San Vincenzo 2008.
Wednesday, July 16: Received a review copy of What Price Bordeaux? by Benjamin Lewin MW in which he argues that there should be a reclassification of the châteaux from the 1855 league table. Fewer than half the châteaux hold on to their original classification in Lewin's world. Can't wait to read it. Finished off the article for Meininger Wine Business International. It runs to over 1900 words. Lots to say about how wine is marketed in Ontario.
Thursday, July 16: Read in off licence news (a British publication) that the number of vineyards in the UK has nearly doubled as growers concentrate on sparkling wines. Stephen Skelton MW, who wrote UK Vineyards Guide, estimates that there are now 1,350 hectares. A meeting with David Rose and Sandy Kurbis of Forefront to discuss this year's Ontario Wine Awards and sip & Savour Ontario. In the evening, tasted two wines from the Adelaide Hills that deserve a place on our shelves, The Lane Vineyard 19th Meeting Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (much more refined and elegant than other Cabs from the Adelaide Hills I've tried – very focused blackcurrant fruit, great balance – 92) and The Lane Vineyard Beginning Chardonnay Single Vineyard 2008 (well extracted apple and green pineapple fruit, fresh and lively on the palate with good length. Needs more time in bottle 89+).
Friday, July 17: A Vintages release tasting today. Had to take Nancy the cat to the vet. She had to have her anals done. Absented myself from the room. That, six cans of cat food and blood work set me back $350. The joys of pet owning.