A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 816: Grapes for Humanity Auction Bidding Closes Monday Night

Cave Spring action dinner wines


This is the first auction item in the catalogue:

Host: Len Pennachetti, Owner and Member of the Order of Canada
Canoe Restaurant, Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7 pm
Exceptional collection of 6 wines received as part of your auction lot will be tasted with the winemaker. Or Len will pour the same 6 exceptional wines received as part of your auction lot.

Here is a list of wines the winning bidder will receive and will be paired with the menu at Canoe Restaurant’s private dining room. I had the opportunity to pre-taste them and here are my notes: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 815: Lakeside Cellars and the Best Ontario Gamay of 2020

Lakeside Cellars wines

Lakeside Cellars in Osoyoos, at the end of Lake Okanagan, kindly sent me the following wines: Continue reading

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Grapes for Humanity Wine Dinner Auction

Here is a list of spectacular wine dinners to be held in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver as part of Grapes For Humanity’s virtual fine wine auction in three provinces. Proceeds to go to aid in the battle against the threat of climate change. Bidding is happening at Irongate Auctions until 9 pm, October 18.
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Grapes for Humanity Catalogues Are Available for Viewing

The Grapes For Humanity auction is set to go live on October 12th, and today their catalogues become available for viewing. Hosted from Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, this weekend you can peruse the three lists with an array of spectacular wines and wine experiences to choose from.

It’s important to remember that this is a charitable fundraising auction, meaning that there is no buyers premium! Successful bidders will be responsible for the hammer price plus the taxes associated with the province of sale (BC = 13%, AB = 5%, ON = 0%). If that is not incentive to get bidding, I’m not sure what is!

Reminder: Each city will be hosting a different auction and because of this the pickup/delivery/shipping options will vary:

  • Lots won in Vancouver are to be picked up from the Vancouver Club (shipping not available);
  • Lots won in Calgary will be delivered for a fee through our parters at Calgary Shipping (pickup is NOT an option);
  • Lots won in Toronto are to be picked up from the IronGateWine office in Leaside (shipping can be facilitated by the client);
  • Lots won in multiple cities cannot be consolidated and shipped/delivered together.


Vancouver Lot #20 – 2020 From The Heart BC Cuvée #1 Chardonnay and BC Cuvée #1 Red Blend – 1500ml – 6 bottles
Along with some stunning winery experiences, the real highlight from the Vancouver Grapes For Humanity auction takes the form a joint effort among BC winemakers. Cuvée from the Heart, in both red and white, is currently in barrel and will form numerous lots in this auction. Three magnums of #1 Chardonnay and three magnums of #1 Red Blend will be bottled and distributed once élévage is complete. The craftsmanship and collaboration behind these lots capture the true spirit of the Grapes For Humanity cause.

Calgary Lot #19 – Archive Tasting & One-Year BB Club Membership
Coming in hot from Calgary’s Grapes for Humanity Auction are a series of stunning wines and wine experiences, including tastings, dinners, and tours. This is an opportunity to get acquainted with Canada’s best wineries and experience the bounty of talent and delicious wine being made right at home. Lot #19 features an archive tasting and one-year BB club membership. Benjamin Bridge has been an anchor and pioneer for winemaking in the Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia. Their portfolio ranges from top-quality vintage traditional method sparkling, to aromatic whites, to light reds and Pet-Nat.

Toronto Lot #56 – Guitar Epiphone from Alex Lifeson – autographed by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
Toronto’s Grapes For Humanity auction is the largest of all three and boasts over 300 lots of fine wine, wine experiences, and incredible donations by legendary Rush musicians Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Lot #56 highlights just that, an autographed Epiphone guitar from Alex Lifeson. There is not too much more to say other than the fact that it is a prized piece of Canadian music history.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 814: Best South African Wine… and Other Delights

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The Echo of G. 2013 (Western Cape South Africa, $250, available from Winehouse Imports, call 647-588-9463)
This is the finest South African wine I’ve tasted in a long time! It’s the second wine to Imizuzu, “First Growth of the Cape.” A blend made by the late Denis Dubourdieu, legendary Bordeaux oenologist, of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot, selected from six vineyards across the Western Cape. Dense purple colour; cedary, meaty nose of vanilla, toast, blueberry and blackcurrant; full-bodied, dry, rich and full in the mouth; a savoury, broad-shouldered wine of 15% alcohol. Well-balanced, beautifully integrated oak and lovely mouth-feel. (93–94) Continue reading

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