A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 860: Port Dalhousie Underground Tasting

December 1st: I was invited to a tasting put on by the Port Dalhousie Underground – sixteen wines, mainly sweet.

Here is the list, which doesn’t include the half-bottle I found in my cellar.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 859: Thomas Bachelder, Poet Laureate of Niagara Terroir

Saturday, November 19th: The day of the first big winter snow storm. Mary Delaney, Thomas Bachelder’s partner, graciously picked me up to drive me to the “Bat Cave” – Thomas’s wine cellar on Lundy’s Lane – to taste his Toussaint release of 2020 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – nineteen wines in all. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 858: Israel, part II

Wednesday, October 19th: We couldn’t get breakfast at the Alegra Hotel because the hotel’s chef lived in an Arab village that had been put under lockdown for security reasons. The manager gave us a voucher to eat at the Mala Bistro in the village of Ein Karem. A sumptuous buffet there.

We were picked up by a new driver for our trip to the Dead Sea (a distance of 120 kilometres) and the Daniel Hotel in Ein Bokek. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 857: Israel

Wednesday, October 12th: This was Deborah’s and my 25th anniversary gift to ourselves. Ubered to Pearson airport for our Air Transat flight to Gatwick Airport, where we would transfer to a Wizz flight to Tel Aviv. A small child directly behind us screamed her way across the Atlantic and kicked my seat. At Gatwick went to the Wizz counter to check in only to find that our two large suitcases had not been transferred to the flight. A mad dash back to the carousel in the presence of a security guard for find our luggage sitting forlornly alone. Another trip to the Wizz counter, which involved taking a train from the North terminal to the South terminal. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 856: De-alcoholized Wine and Dogs

De-alcoholized wines

Saturday, October 8th: I was invited to a tasting of de-alcoholized wines at Vineland Estates. The winery imports a range from Germany called Eins Zwei Zero, produced by a company called Leitz in the Rheingau – Sparkling Riesling, still Riesling, Sparkling Rosé, still Rosé and Pinot Noir. My preference was for the Rosés, still and sparkling. Co-proprietor Alan Schmidt dropped by with a bottle of his Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc 2020 which was terrific. Good thing I was tasting non-alcoholic wines because I might just have been tempted to adopt a dog at Vineland. There were three rescues from Florida up for adoption. (A dire day – the Jays blew an 8–1 lead to lose to the Mariners, so they are out of the play-offs.) Continue reading

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