A Wine Lover's Diary, part 321 (December 13, 2010)
Monday, December 6: A meeting with Kevin Toth of Skyline to discuss the venue for this year’s Ontario Wine Awards. Looks like we're heading to the King Eddie. For dinner Deborah cooked cod wrapped in prosciutto. I opened a bottle of Tinhorn Creek 2 Bench White 2009, a delicious Pinot Gris that went beautifully with the dish.
Tuesday, December 7: Booked Crush for the Ontario Wine Awards judging in 2011. The dates will be Saturday, March 19 and Saturday, March 26 with the sweet wine judging on Sunday, March 27 at The Fine Wine Reserve. Then over to Rodney's Oyster House with Jeff Lyons to negotiate for a Grapes for Humanity fundraiser event there in June. In the evening Chris Sherriff-Scott from Minto came over for a glass of Grange of Prince Edward Brut and to see my wine cellar. Then we all went to Grano for dinner. Roberto pulled out the following wines: Batianich Vespa Bianco 2006 (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Picolit), Bastianich Tocai Plus 2006, Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti 2007, Frescobaldi Mormoreto 2006, and Noans La Tunella 2008 (Traminer, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc).
Wednesday, December 8: Wrote my On The Go magazine wine reviews. Spent most of the day preparing for Grapes for Humanity's AGM. The meeting was held at Sam Sarick's house. We decided to invite three new directors to join the board.
Thursday, December 9: A Vintages tasting of wines to be released in January. A huge release. Got home and fell asleep. Dinner of pasta and Italian sausage in Marinara sauce. Very satisfying. Didn't even want to look at wine.
Friday, December 10: A second tasting of the wines to be released in Vintages at the end of January - even bigger than yesterday's tasting. In total 121 wines. Wine writers who are used to evaluating a lot of wine can't do justice to this number. Deborah picked me up from the lab and drove me home. Seriously thinking of going on a cleanse.