A Wine Lover's Diary, part 309 (September 20, 2010)
Monday, September 13: Heard today that my old friend Ted Turner died in Mexico on 9/11 after a short illness. Ted founded the Toronto Vintners Club, the first wine tasting club in the city. We shared a birthday, May 12, which is also the day the Baron de Forrester drowned in the Douro. I dedicated my wine murder mystery, Death in the Douro, to Ted. I'll miss his enthusiasm and his sense of humour.
Went down to The Fine Wine Reserve for a tasting of wines from Azienda Agricola Mario Schiopetta in Friuli. I visited the winery 25 years ago. Mario died a few years ago and his children Maria Angela, Giorgio and Carlo now run the winery. Maria was in Toronto to promote the wines, imported by Le Sommelier. The wines are very bright and cleans. I really liked Schiopetto Friulano Collio 2008 (floral, almost grapey nose with a creamy mango flavour – 89). The outstanding white was Schiopetto Sauvignon Collio 2008 (minerally, peach and passion fruit nose; rich, sweet
tropical fruit flavours on the palate. A very generous and mouth-filling wine – 91). The red Schiopetto Podere dei Blumeri Rosso 2003, a blend of Merlot, Refosco and Cabernet Sauvignon, has a rich blueberry nose with spicy fruit and a firm structure, well extracted with a tannic lift on the finish (90).
For dinner, Meia Encosta Dão Red with cheese (after having a burrito at Lee's Palace on Bloor Street West).
Tuesday, September 14: Wrote wine reviews for On The Go magazine, a new gig for me. Received an email telling me about a new importing agency in Toronto called Terroir Wine + Spirits (www.terroirwineagency.com) that specializes in boutique BC wines. They have 20 small wineries on their books, including several from Similkameen Valley. Some really interesting wineries, like Stoneboat, Orofino, Silk Scarf, Hubertus and Desert Hills. Good to see these wines being made available in Ontario. For dinner, pork loin stuffed with mushroom duxelle with Black Hills Viognier 2008.
Wednesday, September 15: Somehow the day slipped away. A medical appointment this morning and long walks with the Wonder Dog. For dinner, spaghetti carbonara with Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Merlot 2007. Sublime.
Thursday, September 16: Heard today that Tony Aspler's Cellar Book is on the short list for the Canadian Culinary Awards. Excellent. Wrote an article for The County Grapevine on The Grange of Prince Edward. For dinner, with chicken in tomato sauce, a bottle of Joie Farm Reserve Chardonnay 2008. This is one terrific Chardonnay. Golden straw colour with a sweet mango and vanilla oak nose; rich and full on the palate with a ripe peach flavour. Enough acidity to give it balance and length (90).
Friday, September 17: A tasting of Ontario wines for winerytohome.com. Trying to clean up my desk before I leave tomorrow at noon for Greece. I'll be away a week.