A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 763: Webinar Wine Tasting

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Friday, May 19th: Hosted a webinar wine tasting for healthcare clients of a law firm. Participants were sent a list of the following wines before the event so that they could have them in front of them while I talked about the wines and led them through the tasting.

  • Marques de Riscal 2018 (Spain) – $15.95 LCBO #36822
  • Malivoire Vivant Rosé 2019 (Ontario) – $19.95 LCBO #498535
  • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2017 (Sardinia) – $15.95 LCBO #425488

The problem with wine webinars is that you never know how the “audience” is responding, not having eye contact or any interaction. I might as well be talking to myself. But the feedback afterward was positive and I’ve been asked to do another one for a different group.

Other wines tasted over the past week or so:

Henry of Pelham Pinot Grigio 2019 ($14.95, LCBO #250217)
Bright pale straw in colour; minerally, peach pit nose; light to medium-bodied, dry, white peach and lemon flavours. (88.5)

Henry of Pelham Cabernet Merlot 2016 (Vintages release September 2020, #395855)
Dense purple colour; cedary, savoury, spicy, blackberry nose with a light floral note; medium-bodied, dry, lightly herbal, blackcurrant and blackberry flavours; firmly structured wit fine tannins. (89)

Henry of Pelham The Speck Brothers The Family Tree “The Goat Lady” Chardonnay 2019 ($16.95)
Pale straw colour; apple and oak spice on the nose; medium-bodied, dry, creamy apple and vanilla flavours with a lemony finish. (89)

Henry of Pelham The Speck Brothers Family Tree “The Padré” Cabernet Merlot 2018 ($21.95)
Dense purple in colour; cedary, blackcurrant nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, juicy, redcurrant flavour; firmly structured, finishing on a note of cinnamon. (89)

Henry of Pelham The Speck Brothers Family Tree “The Bootlegger” Baco Noir 2019 ($17.95)
Deep purple, staining the glass; cedary, blackberry nose with a smoky note; full-bodied, mouth-filling, dry, juicy, blackberry and plum flavours carried on lively acidity. (90)

Baron de Hoen Riesling Réserve 2018 (Alsace, $16.95, Vintages #446427)
Bright and shining, very pale colour; minerally, lime and grapefruit bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, grapefruit and peach flavours with lively acidity and a lovely mouth-feel. (90)

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018 ($20.95, Vintages #593996)
Bright lemon yellow; lightly toasty, vanilla nose of orchard fruit with a spicy note; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted peach and pineapple flavours; beautifully balanced and lingering. (91)

Lazzara Bianco Secco ($17.95, LCBO #16789)
Pale straw in colour; peach pit nose; light to medium-bodied, dry, crisp, lemon and green peach flavours. Prosecco-like. (89)

 Sartori Valpolicella Superiore 120th Anniversary 2016 (Veneto, $24.95, Vintages #14584 – to be released August 8th)
Deep ruby in colour; cedary, cherry bouquet with a light floral note; medium-bodied, dry, cherry and raisin flavours with lively acidity. (89)

Gérard Bertrand Viognier Réserve Speciale 2018 ($14.95, Vintages #147975 – to be released July 25th)
Pale lemon colour; minerally, peach nose; medium-bodied, dry, peach and melon flavours with a honeysuckle note. (88.5)

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 (Tuscany – $47.95, Vintages #353201)
Deep ruby-purple in colour; cedary, cherry bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, cherry and plum flavours; beautifully balanced with well-integrated oak. (91)

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