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Bordeaux After Work

Bordeaux After Work Party at Marben

This week the Bordeaux Wine Council and iYellow Wine Club hosted their second Bordeaux After Work event at Marben Restaurant. The first seventy-five guests received a drink ticket for a sample glass and after that glasses were $9 each.

Welcome to Marben, indeed.

Welcome to Marben, indeed.

With its kitchen team led by chefs Carl Heinrich and Ryan Donovan and its location on trendy Wellington it goes without saying that Marben is a restaurant where people-watching and serious eating coincide. (more…)

You Can Pick Your Friend’s Wine

In July I posted about the Riesling tasting I had a small part in organising. Before that we did one for Cab Franc and both of these were pretty professional. Alex Harber put his top-notch wine mind to the task of creating a pleasing order, each wine had its own brown LCBO bag, and guests were given paper rating sheets.

Last weekend a smaller group of friends, me included, did the same on a much more casual scale. Each of us brought a bottle of red to be matched with a steak dinner and a bottle of white for the turkey we had the next night. The identity of our wine was disguised and after sampling we each picked a favourite.

Red wines

The reds were:

  • Henry of Pelham 2007 Cabernet-Merlot, Meritage (Niagara)
  • Open 2009 Cab 2 Merlot (Niagara)
  • Karlo Estates 2008 Cabernet Franc (PEC)
  • Ch√Ęteau la Commanderie du Bardelet 2008 (Bordeaux)
  • Ogier 2007 Heritages Cote du Rhone (Rhone)