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A Wine Lover's Diary, part 303 (August 9, 2010)

Monday, August 2: Spent the day catching up on emails and clearing my desk for 10 days at a friend's cottage in Creemore. Began writing a piece on wine and literature for Lexpert Magazine. For dinner with chicken salad with a curried mayonnaise sauce with Joie Farm A Noble Blend 2009, an Edelswicker-style wine from BC.

Tuesday, August 3: After a dental appointment for a broken tooth that needed to be filled, Deborah and I packed up the car with a case of wine and Pinot the Wonder Dog and headed for Creemore. Pinot, magnificent creature that she is, is not the world's best traveler. She hates the car and barks incessantly. People at red lights stare at us and wonder if we are abusing her.

Arrived in Creemore at about 3 pm and unpacked. At the pool we opened a bottle of Generation Wine Company Union White 2007, a blend of Riesling, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. (Allan Jackson, who owns the brand, is a great Gewurz fan and would put it in anything). The back label cockily says: "Discover where the future of Ontario winemaking is headed by trying Union White." In the sense that Ontario red wines should be blends, he's right – apart from Pinot Noir or Gamay, which should never be blended with anything.

For dinner, with BBQ'd lamb chops I opened the red Union 2007 – a blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Merlot and Gamay Noir. A decent enough wine but not up to the same standard as the white. Walking Pinot at 11 pm in the pitch black I went straight into the pool. My cell phone no longer works. Deborah thought it was hysterical. I, less so.

Wednesday, August 4: A difficult night because of the heat. Pinot obviously wants to go home to her familiar routine. She keeps looking at the car as the lesser of two evils. Shopped in Creemore for a case of 8 Creemore Keller beers and some corn and Chinese spareribs, which we had for lunch with a bottle of Villasunta Cannonau di Sardigna 2008, a new listing at the LCBO (light-bodied, slightly effervescent, with a tart raspberry flavour). The weather is really warm and beautiful. Finished off my article for Lexpert Magazine. For dinner, BBQ'd hamburgers, potatoes, peas and green beans with a bottle of Brabo Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008 from South Australia. A big juicy wine that was perfect with the meal.

Thursday, August 5: Drove into Creemore and let Pinot wade around in the Mad River. At the Bank Coffee bar they have wi-fi, so I caught up on emails while Deborah chatted with a woman from Toronto who, it turns out, has a Wheaten Terrier five months younger than Pinot. She got the dog Abby from the same breeder and both dogs share the same father (Sundance – a busy fellow).

Lunch of fish sticks, spinach, tomato, peach and feta with a bottle of Château Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers 2008. My friend Gordon called from Toronto to tell me that my daughter Annabel is on the front of a section of the Globe & Mail, complete with picture, talking about the woes of the Vancouver condo market.

Friday, August 6: Drove back to Toronto to do some business. Tried to get a new phone from Rogers but the earliest I can upgrade to a BlackBerry is September 26th. Bummer. For dinner, ravioli in tomato sauce with a bottle of Arniston Bay Shiraz Merlot 2006 from South Africa.




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