A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 827: New World Wines with a Nod to the Old

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Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot 2020 (Short Hills Bench; $15.95 [$13.95 until January 30], CSPC #504241)
Opaque purple in colour; cedary, spicy, floral nose of plums with a toasty note; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, savoury plum and currant flavour. (88) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 826: Great Prosecco and a Harmonious Red Trio

Top-notch Prosecco

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Millesimato 2020 (Veneto, $19.90, Vintages #340570)
Pale straw in colour with a volcanic mousse; lightly floral nose of wet stones and crabapple; medium-bodied dry, white peach and apple flavours; well balanced, creamy mouth-feel. Satisfying length. One of the best Proseccos I have tasted. (90) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 825: An Alsatian Banquet

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The other night Deborah and I feasted on an Alsace Thai-inspired banquet artfully paired with the wines of the region and kindly sent to us by SOPEXA in Montreal. The menu: Continue reading

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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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