A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 834: A Paper Bottle?

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Cantina Goccia 3Q 2018 (Umbria)
A blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Medium ruby colour; medicinal nose of chocolate and plum; medium-bodied, dry, earthy, plum and black cherry flavours with a dark chocolate finish. (88) The bottle is made of recycled paperboard with a food-grade liner, and is about one-fifth the weight of a regular wine bottle (not counting the wine, which weighs as much as wine usually does).

The paper bottle

Gérard Bertrand Orange Gold 2020 (South of France, $24.95; Vintages #23729)
A blend of Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, Mauzac, Muscat. Bronze-gold in colour; earthy, orange peel nose; medium-bodied, dry, aromatic, spicy, orange with a note of orange pith. (88) Continue reading

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Niagara Health Foundation Online Silent Auction

The Niagara Health Foundation is hosting an online silent auction in support of local healthcare. All proceeds will benefit the It’s Our Future Campaign for the building of the new South Niagara Hospital of Niagara Health.  

As part of the auction, there are over 30 bottles of wine from several Niagara-based wineries and personal collections. Vintages include:

  • Inniskillin Cabernet Franc 1999 donated and signed by Don Ziraldo
  • Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2001 donated and signed by Don Ziraldo
  • Inniskillin 2001 Oak Aged Vidal Icewine donated by Inniskillin Winery
  • Legacy Cabernet Franc – 1.5 Litre donated by Vineland Estates

To view the wine collection and 150+ other items valued at over $50,000, visit www.AuctionNiagara.com. (If it doesn’t load, try the direct link: https://bit.ly/AuctionNiagara)

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“Rescue the Grapes” Auction in Partnership with Christie’s

A letter from Steven Campbell:

Dear friends:

I am the co-chair of Grapes for Humanity Global’s “Rescue the Grapes” auction in partnership with Christie’s. It starts March the 15th and runs to the 29th in LA.

Here is a link to the auction so you can see all of the generous donations from Vintners around the world with once-in-a-lifetime lots.

Please review the offerings as the opening prices are very attractive and the selections are very enticing for wine lovers.

I am a proud Canadian and I am very happy to see two Canadian lots – a best of Niagara lot and a Mission Hill lot – in an international auction on center stage with the world’s best.

Here is a short video created by Christie’s in support of the auction : https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/6rXNOE7QfG

This auction is the first in the world to raise funds to specifically assists wineries deal with the impact of the global warming.

Please share these links with our fellow wine lovers.

All the best,
Steven Campbell

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 833: Twisted Lola – Wines of Flat Rock Cellars, Pelee Island and Niagara College Teaching Winery

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Lola Limited Edition White 2020 (Pelee Island, $17.95, LCBO #256510, to be released in LCBO’s P3 period, which begins May 21st)
A blend of 33.5% Pinot Gris, 33.5% Auxerrois and 33% Pinot Blanc. Light straw in colour; minerally, lightly floral, citrus and white peach bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, green plum and lemon flavours; fresh and lively on the palate. Reminiscent of an Alsace Edelswicker. (88.5) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 832: Malivoire Wines and a Crackerjack Douro Red

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Malivoire Bisous Brut (Beamsville Bench, Niagara)
A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, fermented separately in older French oak barrels and aged on the lees for 36 months. Pale straw in colour with an active mousse of tiny bubbles; lightly toasty brioche nose of yellow apple and lemon; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, creamy, lemony flavour. A delicious sparkling wine in Champagne style and a more affordable price. Drink now or can be held for several years (or the next family wedding!). (90) Continue reading

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