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VQA Sparkling Wine Tasting

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…)

Sip & Savour Ontario

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…)

Inniskillin Winemaker’s Pinot Gris

Thanks to the generosity of Inniskillin I have been given the chance to take four of the wines from their Winemaker’s Series on a test run.  First up was the 2008 Inniskillin Barrel Aged Pinot Gris.

Judging from the label at least, this wine is the direct mirror image to the un-oaked Chardonnay.  A fashionable and widely popular grape, Pinot Gris (known as Pinot Grigio in Italy and various New World regions), has been treated here in the manner that was reserved for its older cousin before everyone convinced themselves that oak gives them headaches.  Obviously though it’s what’s in the bottle that matters more and I’ll deal with that in a moment. (more…)