A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 755: Las Vegas Here We Come… and Go

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The ultimate American experience

Friday, March 13th: Up at 4:30 am to walk Rosie before leaving for the airport at 5:30 for our trip to Las Vegas. An excellent Air Canada Rouge flight (half empty). As soon as you step off the plane into the airport you are greeted by banks of slot machines. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 754: Pinot Noir Affair

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Wednesday, March 11: Took the Megabus into Toronto for a tasting of Pinot Noir wines scheduled to be featured in The Pinot Affair at 10 Ontario wineries, April 24–26. The event was held at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen Street East. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 753: Ravine

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Lydia Tomek, Ravine Vineyard’s winemaker, invited me to lunch to taste her 2019 wines. In the winery’s dining room, we opened with a glass of Ravine Vineyard Brut, a 60/40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, aged 5 years. (Green apple and lemon flavours with tiny bubbles, well-balanced and lingering (90)).

Over a plate of charcuterie, we tasted the following wines together: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 752: Great Ports and Other Wines

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Lindsay Groves is the Ontario Ambassador for Taylor and Croft ports. She dropped by my house with samples of the 2017 vintage for us to taste together. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 751: The 42-Year-Old Californian

Mirassou 1978 Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon, unfiltered

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On Oscar night, I opened a bottle of Mirassou Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon unfiltered 1978. I was apprehensive that a wine from California of this age would be dried out and over the hill. But it was stunning! Rick blackcurrant flavours and still lots of life. 42 years on and still showing great esprit. Continue reading

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