A Wine Lover's Diary, part 324 (January 4, 2011)
Monday, December 27: Received a copy of Kevin Zraly's new book, The Ultimate Wine Companion: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wine by the World's Foremost Wine Authorities. And I find myself in it with a chapter on Canadian Icewine. Nice to be in the company of Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson, Matt Kramer, Oz Clarke, Clive Coates et al. Went to the Summerhill store to choose wines for a tasting I'm doing in Kitchener on January 13th. Began writing an article for Lexpert magazine on "Wine is the Best Medicine." For dinner, chili con carne with Peller Signature Merlot 2007.
Tuesday, December 28: Wrote my February column for Post City Magazines. Started clearing my desk for the trip to Chile on Saturday. Paying bills, etc. Frank Daley and Patti-Anne dropped by in the evening for a bowl of turkey soup, en route to dinner at Frank's daughter Reagan's. Reagan's terrific cookbook, In The Sweet Kitchen, has just been released in paperback. Opened a bottle of Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Brut. For our dinner of sautéed trout I opened a bottle of Mission Hill Chardonnay 2009.
Wednesday, December 29: Finished the article on wine as medicine and prepared a dinner for our friends Gordon and Shirley Pape. We're serving gravad lax on pumpernickel as an hors d'oeuvre, with Domaine J. Laurens Le Moulin Blanquette de Limoux. With the mushroom risotto, Ravine Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2008. With the roast chicken, Remoissenet Chambolle-Musigny Les Echanges 2007 and with the cheeses, CedarCreek Cabernet Merlot 2007.
Thursday, December 30: Pinot the Wonder Dog is freaking out at the sight of the suitcases in the hall. She knows we're going away. She will be boarded with our former dog walker in Oakville, who loves her. Guy, my son, came over to dinner and I prepared a chicken stir-fry, which we demolished with a bottle of Muscedere Vineyards Syrah 2008.
Friday, December 31: Cancelled the papers, changed the message on the phone saying I'm back from Chile on January 10th. Wrote my commentary for Tidings magazine on a working paper with the intriguing title, "Women or Wine? Monogamy and Alcohol."
Tonight we're seeing the New Year in at Gordon and Carol Stimmell's. I'm bringing a bottle of Fattoria Villa l'Olmo Diadema 2007, a Super Tuscan wine with Swarovski crystals spelling out the name. The other guests are their friends Nick and Karen. The wines: Peninsula Ridge Inox Chardonnay 2008, Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (with Oysters Rockefeller), Château Latour 1983 and the Diadema (with beef tenderloin), Clos de L'Oratoire Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006 (with the cheeses), Madrigal Petite Sirah 2006; dessert (chocolate pudding) with Château Doisy-Vedrine 2005 and, at midnight, Piper Heidsieck Brut. As the clock stuck midnight, Pinot the Wonder Dog turned six