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

Recently tasted…

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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Wine Tasting Trivia

  1. What is the most widely planted grape in Bordeaux?
    1. Merlot
    2. Riesling
    3. Cabernet Sauvignon
    4. Thompson Seedless
  2. At what speed does a champagne cork leave a champagne bottle?
    1. 25 kph
    2. 50 kph
    3. 65 kph
    4. 100 kph
  3. Corton-Charlemagne is a:
    1. German Eiswein
    2. white Burgundy
    3. corking machine
    4. European law firm
  4. St Amour is:
    1. a cocktail aphrodisiac
    2. the patron saint of winegrowers and divorcees
    3. a village in Beaujolais
    4. the second label of Chateau Calon Segur
  5. What is an Ah-So:
    1. a bottle size between a 375 ml and a 750 ml
    2. your boss
    3. a lid for a champagne bucket
    4. a two-pronged corkscrew
  6. What two grapes is Ontario Icewine usually made from:
    1. Riesling or Vidal
    2. Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
    3. Seyval or Concord
    4. none of the above
  7. To “sabre” champagne means to
    1. down the bottle in one
    2. cut off the neck with a sabre
    3. have your wedding wine spiked by a jilted rival
    4. leave without paying the bill
  8. Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos is:
    1. Hungarian dessert wine
    2. a Japanese motorcycle
    3. high buttoned shoes
    4. a six-person grape stomping team
  9. Sekt is a term meaning:
    1. what the British will not do
    2. an acronym for “Stupid, everybody knows that!”
    3. a German sparkling wine made in the champagne method
    4. a claw-head hammer for mending barrels
  10. The expression “sur lie” on a bottle of Muscadet means:
    1. the wine was left on the lees for several months before bottling
    2. the wine has been cellared in bottle
    3. drink lying down
    4. not for every taste

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Wine of the Week for February 6, 2020

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Sand Point Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2017 (Lodi, California. $16.95, LCBO #11194)
Deep straw in colour; spicy, pineapple bouquet with toasty oak; full-bodied, just off-dry, richly extracted melon and pear flavours; mouth-filling and well-balanced. (89)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 750: Some Tastings

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Wines tasted recently: Continue reading

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