A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 925: Flat Rock Cellars’ Annual Media/Trade Tasting
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
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3w ago
Tuesday, April 30th: Went to Flat Rock Cellars to taste the newest, unreleased vintages of their single-vineyard Capstone Series wines (Gravity Pinot Noir, The Rusty Shed Chardonnay and Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling) as well as a chance to take an early look at the 2023 vintage in barrel and to experience the new tasting room that overlooks the vineyard. Flat Rock’s owner, Ed Madronich We started with a new, experimental wine – Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir/Chardonnay 2023 – a Pinot Noir with 20% Chardonnay. Unfiltered, barrel sample. Red berry nose, medium-bodied, dry; spicy, raspberry flavour ..read more
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I’ve Joined a Choir
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
3w ago
I’ve joined a choir, and they’re having a concert soon. I probably won’t be singing in this one because I’m not that familiar with the songs yet, but come to it anyway if you can ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 924: Pentâge Winery, Tawse Vineyard and Flat Rock Cellars
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
3w ago
Chinmay Kulkarni receives his scholarship Pentâge Winery Viognier 2018 (Okanagan Valley, BC) Light golden colour; fragrant, minerally, peach pit nose; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted peach and pear flavours rounded with oak. (89) Pentâge Winery Hiatus 2018 (Okanagan Valley, BC) A blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Petite Sirah, 15% Cabernet Franc, 11% Zinfandel and 5% Merlot. Opaque purple in colour; cedary, plum nose with vanilla oak notes; full-bodied, dry, fleshy, savoury black plum and blackcurrant flavours. Richly extracted, with well-integrated oak. (91) Pentâge Winery T ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 923: Bachelder Gamay 2022 Tasting
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
1M ago
Bill Redelmeier pouring Saturday, April 13th: Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook invited Deborah and me to a blind of Right Bank Bordeaux reds against two of his wines. All from the 2020 vintage. The list – but not in order of serving The wine in serving order My favourite was Château La Pointe from Pomerol. (But then, I was brought up on claret in England.) Tuesday, April 16th: Thomas Bachelder brought over 13 of his wines to taste together. He also brought the glasses, much to Deborah’s relief! Bachelder Kirby Gamay Noir 43% Whole Cluster (Four-Mile Creek) Cherry nose with white pepper no ..read more
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Pre-sale Tickets for Legends Dinner NYC with José Andrés
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
1M ago
We’re delighted to announce an exclusive pre-sale for tickets to our upcoming Wine Legends Dinner V chaired by José Andrés. Grapes For Humanity Global has partnered with José Andrés in order to raise funds to support Hôpital Albert Hospital. José will match the wines for dinner with an outstanding menu. In addition to the wines provided for the dinner each producer is donating a large format bottle, some with accommodations, dinners and tours. As a valued member of the wine and philanthropy community, you have the opportunity to secure your spot before tickets officially go on sale to the publ ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 921: Westcott Vineyards Wines & Grapes for Humanity’s Fine Wine Auctio
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
1M ago
Westcott Vineyard whites Westcott Vineyards Butler’s Grant Old Vines Riesling 2022 (Twenty Mile Bench) Pale straw colour; minerally, grapefruit nose with a floral top note; light to medium-bodied, crisply dry, lemon-lime and green apple flavours with great persistence on the palate. Can be opened now but with that acidity it will last for 8–10 years. (89–91) Westcott Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2021 (Niagara Escarpment) Light golden colour; toasty, minerally, apple nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted and well-balanced with nicely integrated oak. Drink now and through 20 ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 921: An Extraction and an Eclipse
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
1M ago
Friday, April 5th: Had a wisdom tooth extracted this morning. I think my IQ has dropped ten points. The dentist says no alcohol for “a few days.” Trying to parse what “a few days” means. Does it mean I can’t toast the eclipse on Monday? No chance. Henry of Pelham’s new sparkling wine Henry of Pelham Sparkling Wine (Ontario, $17.95) I’m a great fan of HofP Cuvée Catharine, a sparkler made by the traditional method. This is the winery’s first venture into a Charmat process (tank fermented) sparkling wine. Pale straw in colour with an active mousse; green peach nose with a brioche note; light ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 920: Wining with the Easter Bunny
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
1M ago
Emma Smalley, assistant winemaker at Niagara College Teaching Winery, and Allison Findlay, head winemaker Monday, March 25th: Allison Findlay, winemaker at Niagara College Teaching Winery, came by with a selection of wines for me to taste to get the Dean’s List designation. (Wine scoring 90 or above make the list.) Niagara College Dean’s List Pinot Gris Rosé 2023 (Allison, I was going to use this descriptor for the colour, until I googled it: ‘The name œil de perdrix means ” partridge ‘s eye” in French, a reference to the pale pink colour of the eye of a partridge in death throes.’) Light co ..read more
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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 919: Black Bank Hill Takes a Bow
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
2M ago
Winemaker Jonathan McLean at work Wednesday, March 20th: Participated in a zoom presentation of a new documentary produced by Winemasters TV Beaujolais about Georges Duboeuf, narrated by his grandson Adrien Lacombe. It was beautifully shot and I learned information about the region I did not know – that Duboeuf produces almost half the volume of Beaujolais wine; that 30% of the winery’s production is Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau; that Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau is given a longer maceration time than Beaujolais Nouveau to give the wine more structure; that Duboeuf is th ..read more
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Grapes for Humanity Announce Fine Wine Auction Benefiting Tree Canada, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, and The Halo Trust
Tony Aspler, the Wine Guy
by tonyaspler
2M ago
Grapes for Humanity, a charity focused on supporting sustainable humanitarian and environmental programs, is delighted to announce the 2024 Fine Wine Auction in partnership with Waddington’s Auctioneers and DYMON Wine Cellars. This annual event aims to raise funds for climate action and support underserved communities worldwide. The primary recipients for 2024 will be Tree Canada, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and The Halo Trust. On April 12, Grapes for Humanity invites the media to a special event from 9 AM to 11 AM at DYMON Wine Cellar, 1460 The Queensway, Etobicoke. This engaging showcas ..read more
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