September 20, 2023
On this “National Tree Day,” Grapes for Humanity is thrilled to announce our renewed partnership with Waddington’s Auctioneers for our 2024 Fine Wine Auction. This annual virtual event is scheduled to take place in Toronto from April 12 to April 22, 2024, concluding on Earth Day. The auction aims to raise funds for climate action and to support communities around the world. This year, the primary beneficiaries of the auction will be The Halo Trust, Tree Canada, and The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Since initiating its virtual fundraising events in 2020, Grapes for Humanity has successfully raised over $1.4 million, making it the most successful charity wine auction in Canada. We are pleased to continue our support of Tree Canada and The Nature Conservancy of Canada for 2024 to address the pressing issue of climate change and The Halo Trust, which primarily works to clear landmines and other explosive devices left behind by conflicts.
Your generous support enables us to continue our important work. We invite you to contribute wine, which is tax-deductible, to bolster our efforts further. During these difficult times, every contribution is invaluable. We will send a donation form to you at a time that suits you. If you’d like to donate an item for our upcoming auction, please contact Pauline Fortier at email@example.com. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Please mark the date on your calendar. We will provide updates about the auction as it approaches. The event is set to feature an impressive array of items up for bid.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to your participation in our 2024 Fine Wine Auction.
The Board of Directors
Grapes for Humanity Canada
Scott Kirby pours his wines
London friends Allison and Richard visited us, and we toured some vineyards with them, beginning with a new winery, Kirby Estate, 548 Line 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, owned by Scott and Marie Kirby. The K of their name is artfully woven into their label design which is a map of the vineyards varietals. Their wines are currently made at Cloudsley by Matt Smith. They grow Chardonnay, Merlot, Gamay, Pinot Blanc and Petit Verdot on 11 acres of their 17.5-acre property.
Kirby Estate Chardonnay 2019
Bright, golden colour with a greenish tint; light toasty, minerally nose of vanilla, apple and caramel; elegant, medium-bodied, dry, lovely mouthfeel with a crisp, lemony finish. (92) Continue reading
Winemaker Allison Findlay at Niagara College Teaching Winery sent me the following wines to be designated Dean’s List:
Niagara College Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2020
Bright, straw color; grassy, green plum nose with a touch of oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted peach and green plum flavours with a hint of oak spice. (91)
Niagara College Gamay 2022
Purple-ruby in colour; cedary, cherry bouquet with a note of pepper; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, cherry flavour with well-integrated oak; great length on the palate. (90) Continue reading
“Deep roots in French tradition nourish our shared passion for soils, vines and wine. Dedicated to natural, artisanal farming and winemaking, we strive to reveal the intimate relation of wine and terroir. Each of our wines is the expression of one place, one exceptional Okanagan terroir. Hands-on farming is our first priority, and this artisanal scale is reflected in the very limited quantities produced. We strive to make wines of ever greater clarity and precision.”
—Pénélope and Dylan Roche
Roche Vig Schönburger 2022 (Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley)
Bright, light straw colour; reductive, melon bouquet with a floral note; medium-bodied, dry, aromatic lychee and melon flavours; beautifully balanced, rich mid-palate flavours carried on lively acidity. (90) Continue reading
Deborah and I spent three days on Lake Muskoka in a friend’s cottage during which time we managed to demolish the following wines.
Dinner wines in Muskoka