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Other than treating all to a French bubbly, we are also doing a comparative tasting of Zinfandel (Old World vs New World) and Pinot Noir (North vs South America). Click here to view the full report.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. 7pm – 10 pm
Place: 皇子海鲜酒家 Prince of Seafood Restaurant, 240 Alton Towers Circle, #A7 Tel. 416-298-3238
Wine is a reflection of the mood which the drinker is in. To celebrate the New Year, a bubbly is selected. To wish everybody 发得 in 2011, French/German wines are here to cheer you on!
|1st Bottle||GRAHAM BECK BRUT SPARKLING WINE|
|Wine: Sparkling Wine 12.0% Alcohol/Vol. xd||Winery/Producer: Made in: South Africa, South Africa
By: Graham Beck Wines
|Type: pinot noir and chardonnay||Year: n/a|
|Cost: $17.95||Region: South Africa|
|Food to pair: 清炒芦笋||LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #593483|
|Remarks: Tasting Note: (a 54/46 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay) Pale copper-tinged gold. Tangerine, spicy oak and a hint of exotic fruits on the nose. Fruity and harmonious, with a yeasty complexity adding depth to the fairly dense, harmonious middle palate. Comes across as sweeter and fuller than the Blanc de Blancs, but finishes dry and crisp, with a bit more length. No shortage of flavor here. Score – 89. (Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009)|
|2nd Bottle||BOUGRIER VOUVRAY 2009|
|Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol., MD||Winery/Producer: Made in: Loire, France By: Bougrier|
|Type: Chenin Blanc||Year: 2009|
|Cost: $13.95||Region: Loire, France|
|Food to pair: 雪豆三鲜||LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #106880|
|Remarks: Chenin Blanc at its best, as with this example, features aromas of peach, citrus, lanolin and pear. Chenin is known for its refreshing acidity, thereby making it a fine candidate for cellar maturation. Some Vouvray have been known to last for 50 years or more, but you can try them earlier than that – give this one a more conservative 2-4 years due to more approachable styling. You will, however, also get great pleasure with this highly versatile wine now if you pair it with grilled prawns, vindaloo chicken or other spicy South Asian dishes. (Vintages Dec. 11, 2010).|
|3rd Bottle||REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2003|
|Wine: White Wine 11.5% Alcohol/Vol. MS||Winery/Producer: Reichsgraf Von Kesslerstatt|
|Type: Riesling||Year: 2003|
|Cost: $21.95||Region: Germany|
|Food to pair: 中式牛柳||LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #712471|
|Remarks: Tasting Note: A lush, voluminous Riesling, with ripe apricot, lime and mineral lurking in the background. The structure is apparent from mid-palate through finish, suggesting this needs more time to integrate. Best from 2006 through 2016. Score – 90. (Bruce Sanderson, www.winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2005)|
|4th Bottle||DOMAINE DES AILES MOULIN-À-VENT 2009|
|Wine: Red Wine 13.0% Alcohol/Vol， d||Winery/Producer: Made in: Burgundy, France
By: Cave Des Vignerons De Bel-Ai
|Type: Gamay||Year: 2009|
|Cost: $15.95||Region: Burgundy, France|
|Food to pair: 八珍扒大鸭||LCBO #: Release Date: Nov 27, 2010 #183442|
|Remarks: Tasting Note: The inimitable Beaujolais producer George Duboeuf described the 2009 vintage as one of the best of the last 50 years, and the Domaine des Ailes Moulin-à-Vent is a simply terrific-value wine from this great vintage. Bright violet in the glass with an intense nose of cherry, cassis, spice, and toast. Dry with good, well balanced tannins, cherry and black fruit on the palate. You could enjoy this wine tonight with roast beef or try it with equal satisfaction (VINTAGES panel, March 2010) with the Imperial boneless duck!Concours General Agricole de Paris 2010, France|
|5th Bottle||CHÂTEAU LA CHÈZE 2005|
|Wine: Red Wine 12.5% Alcohol/Vol xd||Winery/Producer: Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Bonnet-Gapenne|
|Type: Cabernet sauvignon (30%), Merlot (70%)||Year: 2005|
|Cost: $18.95||Region: Bordeaux, France|
|Food to pair: 北方风味烤羊架||LCBO #: Release Date: Dec 11, 2010 #191007|
From a great vintage and with some bottle evolution under its belt, this award-winning Bordeaux is a noteworthy value. On a hillside overlooking the town of Capian and the famed Garonne river, Château La Chèze was built in 1515. The Château is now home to a small family-owned winery, with 15 hectares of the 30-hectare property under vine. This 2005 vintage won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Concours Général Agricole in Paris. (Vintages Dec.11, 2 010)
“With its remarkable date of birth, 1515, this château has been satisfied by its precedence. However, the 2005 vintage has a more modern and sappy style. A full, enticing and silky wine with lots of character. A wine which enters the 21st century with class and elegance. Another pleasant surprise from this Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, which continues to amaze us.” (ChateauOnline)
Wino Report # 11 ~ JK ‘67
Date: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. 7pm – 10 pm
We made it to our first anniversary! Here is to your health: forget apples, current research shows that a glass or two of red wine a day will keep the doctor away. Unless of course, the doctor is drinking with you!
The theme of our anniversary tasting is a 2007 horizontal tasting of Portugal’s rapidly rising star wine region: DUORO. This tasting is a little study of similar grapes grown in the same region and in the same year. It could be fun to appreciate how the wines end up with different flavours, and structure due to variations in altitude (micro-climate) of the terroir and technique of the wine makers.
I can ramble on and on, but to keep this report under controlled length and to deepen your understanding, please spend a couple of minutes to read up on the article written by the multiple awards winning English wine critique/judge Jamie Goode:
The new table wines coming from Portugal’s Douro Valley: part 1 …
Read the complete Winos Report here.