Earlier in December I attended a sparkling wine tasting put on by Wine Country Ontario at Stock Restaurant in the Trump Hotel. It was one of those events that offered excellent company, great wine, and some useful information.
Angelo Pavan, Winemaker and Founding Partner at Cave Spring Cellars joined us for the educational and tasting portion of the lunch. Pavan identified two trends for Ontario sparkling wine that I think are worth examining from a consumer perspective. (more…)
December in food blog land — ”flavour country” to you and me — is the magical time for giveaway contests. The PR companies that represent various brands approach writers and say: “we have this really great doodad that we’d like you to give your readers a chance of winning.” Often the doodad isn’t so great or it just doesn’t have anything to do with the conversation I try to have on Food With Legs. That’s my fairly obvious way of introducing an exception, a really great prize that I think you’ll want to win, to give to a loved one or keep for yourself.
The Wine Council of Ontario runs a programme they call Wine Country Ontario that promotes the idea that our province’s wine regions are more than just a great place to get sloshed surrounded by rows of grape vines, disappearing over the horizon. Don’t get me wrong, they like wine, but also want to help you find a place to stay in the County, plan your route while on Pelee Island and a great restaurant to eat at while in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (more…)
Cellar age and the control exerted by a designated wine region’s authority are supposed to be two of the most important factors that affect how a wine tastes. I think it’s easy to wonder about the magnitude of the change because we so rarely get to submit wines to any sort of objective comparison. Earlier this month I had the great pleasure of joining others as interested (and more knowledgeable) in wine for a tasting of some of the Ruffino portfolio led by Adolfo Folonari. (more…)
Winemakers’ dinners usually offer some technical insights into the wines tasted. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend one hosted by Bill Hardy who is a brand ambassador for the wines that bear his family’s name. Mr. Hardy and those stand out as having colourful that go well beyond harvest dates, time spent in barrels, and residual sugar statistics. (more…)
Last night’s Sip & Savour Ontario wine event at the Steam Whistle Brewery was a resounding success. On Spotlight Mike and I will have our picks from the broad selection of excellent wine in a story on Spotlight Toronto. I also covered the media preview for the event over on Spotlight.
As I mentioned in that post the event was conceived as as an opportunity to introduce wine consumers to award-winning bottles and demonstrate how well they pair with food. With this in mind the core of each winery’s offering at the event were medal winners from the 2011 Ontario Wine Awards. (more…)