A Wine Lover's Diary, part 281 (March 8, 2010)
Tuesday, March 2: Had to get back to work, especially with the number of emails to be reckoned with. Lunch with my fishing buddies to discuss what lures we need for the trip to Yellowknife in July. We lunched at Cravings on Yonge. First-rate Thai food. Ordered two bottles of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009. For dinner, pork stir fry with Wynns Coonawarra Riesling 2008.
Wednesday, March 3: A kind of lost day getting into property taxes and drawing up the agenda for Grapes For Humanity's meeting this coming Monday.
Thursday, March 4: A meeting with Mark McEwan at his store to discuss catering for Grapes for Humanity's wine auction in October. Mark tells me he's opening a 160-seat restaurant across the road from his store. A meeting with Barbara Stuart to go over a proposal for a TV food show. In the evening to the Drabinsky Galley for the showing of OCAD students' designs for "Art of the Barrel." The fourth-year students had a competition to come up with the 12 best concepts for turning a Cave Spring wine barrel into a work of art. The project is a joint fund-raising initiative by OCAD and Casey House and I have been invited to be the honorary patron. The ingenuity and talent of these young artists is amazing. Went to dinner at the Bloor Street Diner with Mark Bonham (who came up with the fund-raising concept), David Gilmer from Casey House and other members of the Casey House board of directors. Ordered La Vieille Ferme 2007 with lamb curry.
Friday, March 5: A Vintages tasting this morning and then over to the Summerhill liquor store for a seminar on Cyprus Food and Wine Pairing. My friend Harriet Lembeck was up from New York to conduct the tasting. Christine Cushing prepared the meal to match the wines. At the pre-lunch reception we were offered a Commandaria Cooler with crisp Bourbon vanilla pork belly and reverse grilled halloumi cheese on brioche with tomato relish. At the lunch:
- KEO Coeur de Lion Opthalmo & Grenache Rosé (N/V) served with roasted Commandaria pears wrapped in Serrano ham with fried sage leaf.
- Creamy wild mushroom Commandaria soup with Vouni Panayia Alina Xynisteri 2008 and Tsangarides Xynisteri 2007.
- Mixed baby greens and beets with halloumi croutons served with citrus vinaigrette, with ETKO Xynisteri 2008 and SODAP Kamanterena Xynisteri 2008.
- Thyme roasted muskovy duck breast with tamari blood orange glaze and cabbage sauté, with LOEL Maratheftiko 2008, Tsangarides Ayios Efram Mataro, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Vouni Panayia Plakta Mavro & Maratheftiko 2005 and SODAP Maratheftiko 2005.
Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the drunken kumquats with chocolate silk and phyllo honey cigars, with the following Commandarias: SODAP St. Barnabas 2005, ETKO St. Nicholas 2001, ETKO Centurion 30 Year Old Solera and KEO St. John 1967.
A meeting with David Rose and Wendy Gamble to discuss a wine touring project for visiting conventions. In the evening Deborah and I drove over to a private house off Harbord Street to pick up eight live lobsters from a guy who drove him from the Maritimes. We'll have them for dinner tomorrow night with some guests.