Grapes for Humanity’s ‘Gift of Sight’ RUSH Limited Edition Curated Deborah Samuel Collection Sale

Grapes for Humanity is pleased to announce the “Gift of Sight” online sale of three alternate front album covers, three alternate back album covers, and twelve alternate interior album art photographs of both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee taken from the original “Moving Pictures” photo shoot. Funds raised will support the Genius 100 Himalayan Cataract Project. The collection will offered to the public starting on December 16th, 2021.

In commemoration of the RUSH 40th Anniversary of the “Moving Pictures” album, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, with photographer Deborah Samuel, have generously donated and curated an opportunity to own a piece of history. The photos feature the behind-the-scenes, never-seen moments of the “Moving Pictures” album cover photo shoot.

Deborah Samuel is one of Canada’s most sought-after commercial and editorial photographers. Today, Deborah concentrates on fine art, commissions, and the occasional book. Her work is in public and private collections around the world.

The sale includes 160 images bundled in three purchase options. Bidding starts at $200 per bundle and the photos are limited. For sale details, please visit Moving Pictures 40.

The benefactor, Himalayan Cataract Project, is a not-for-profit founded by G100 Visionaries Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoff Tabin to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in low to middle income countries. Grapes for Humanity’s goal is to raise funds necessary to perform as many sight-restoring surgeries ($125USD per operation) as possible for those in need in various under-resourced regions around the globe where HCP has operations. To learn more about the Himalayan Cataract Project, visit HCP. Additional information about the medical research, surgical procedure, patient recovery and extensive communal impact can be found at Cure Blindness .

Grapes for Humanity Canada raises funds through wine dinners, wine tastings and auctions for a variety of causes around the world. We are a 100% volunteer-based organization. Through our NGO partners, we direct event proceeds to those in immediate need. We pride ourselves on the fact that give 95 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to our partner organizations.*

Grapes for Humanity is grateful for the ongoing support of our partners, generous donors, volunteers, sponsors, and partners. Please check our website for updates and opportunities to donate.

* This is based on current and past practice. In some cases, expenses in the form of hard costs may occur.

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 824: A Remarkable New Alcoholic Beverage Called Portàge from Tweed, Ontario

Portàge bottle

It’s not often that one can say that there’s a new alcoholic beverage on the market with a great back story. But take a look at Portàge, produced by Potter Settlement Wines in Tweed, Ontario. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 823: Legacy and Tinhorn Creek

Brian Schmidt, the winemaker at Vineland Estates has created a fascinating Cabernet Franc using a solera system. He calls it Legacy and it’s produced from vines planted in 2010 on a south-facing slope of the Bo-Teek vineyard, adjacent to the winery (just under an acre of clay with a limestone substrate). The first wine from this plot was made in 2012.

“By blending previous years and removing vintages and winemaking variables,” says Brian, he’s looking to get a sense of the terroir and “to understand the spirit of the place.”

“Every yearly vintage from our Legacy Block is fermented, refined and collected together…when bottling each year, we only draw off enough of the multiple-vintage blend so that we leave behind precisely 1,800 litres, in three 600-litre barrels for future blending.” This will ensure that there’s a portion of every vintage collected. “Generations ahead of us,” writes Brian, “will taste all of our vintage years in one glass.”

I tasted a barrel sample of Legacy at a Zoom tasting that Brian Schmidt conducted and I can’t wait to taste it once it’s bottled.

Legacy is bottled in magnums and sells for $300. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 822: Icellars Estate Winery

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Icellars Estate Winery is a small boutique VQA member winery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The 60-acre fallow land was carefully selected by owners Adnan and Elif Icel based on precise research of ideal growing conditions for premium vinifera varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier. Adnan invited Rick VanSickle and me for a portfolio tasting. Adnan is a mechanical engineer from Turkey who purchased the property in 2010. Two years later, after preparing the vineyard, he planted all red varieties apart from Chardonnay. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 821: Le Clos Jordanne’s New Release

Le Clos Jordanne wines

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2019 (Twenty Mile Bench, $45)
Winemaker Thomas Bachelder wanted to call the third vintage of this wine Le Grand Clos Blanc (mimicking Chardonnay vineyard at Clos Vougeot). An apposite concept because the wine is totally Burgundian in style and execution. Bright straw in colour; lightly toasty, apple nose with suggestions of vanilla and apple blossom and a thread of minerality and oak spice. Medium-bodied, dry, apple and pear flavours carried on lively lemon acidity finishing on a chalky, saline note; beautifully balanced, well-integrated oak and a lovely mouth-feel. (93–94)

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir 2019 (Twenty Mile Bench, $45)
Solid ruby colour; spicy, vanilla, minerally, black raspberry bouquet with a top note of violets; me.dium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced red berry fruit and ripe tannins with a chalky note on the finish. (92)

Saturday, November 20th: Deborah and I had two meals at Ravine Vineyard today! Lunch was an auction item from a Access Education Guatemala auction, won by Dave and Liz Sawicki. I ordered mushroom soup (delicious) and burger (which was lightyears from the medium rare I asked for). The wines: Ravine Brut, Ravine Reserve Chardonnay 2019 and Ravine Cabernet Franc Nancy’s Block 2019 (the Chardonnay was a great hit with our group).

Lunch wines at Ravine Vineyard

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