Nov 27, 2008

Bowled over by '97 Barolos, Nov. 2008

Our November 2008 wine tasting was a very good showing of the 1997 vintage of Barolos with one exception - one bottle of the Fontafredda was corked. Nevertheless, even those who didn't have a corked wine rated the wine at or near the bottom of their favourites. The greatest consistency in ranking was on that wine. Otherwise, the group and even the two guest speakers tended to prefer different wines.

The group as a whole ranked the
Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi, Marchesi di Barolo first while both Stramwasser and Phin had the Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia (the most expensive wine in the tasting) as their top pick.

Our club met for the first time at the University of Toronto Faculty Club with our reception wine being served in the comfortable setting of a sitting room. We were treated to a very nice, under $20 / bottle, 2006 Campolietit Ripasso Valpolicella, shown below.

After we tasted our wines, plates of appetizers were served. Our sold-out crowd was educated and entertained by the tag team of Bernard Stramwasser of Le Sommelier Inc. and Jason Phin, Sommelier for Vincor Canada. All in all, it was a really great evening.

Here's how the wines were ranked by the Group, by Stramwasser and by Phin.

Name of Wine (in order poured)

A. 1997 Giovanni Manzone Barolo le Gramolere, Giovanni Manzone.
Group's Ranking 6; Stramwasser's Ranking 3; Phin's Ranking 7

B. 1997 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco, Renato Ratti
Group 4; Stramwasser 8; Phin 5

C. 1997 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto, Cordero di Montezemolo
Group 3; Stramwasser 6; Phin 6

D. 1997 Ca Rome Barolo Vigna Rapet, Ca Rome
Group 7; Stramwasser 5; Phin 3

E. 1997 Giacomo Brezza e Figli Barolo Sarmassa, Giacomo Brezza e Figli
Group 2; Stramwasser 4; Phin 2

F. 1997 Marchesi di Barolo Cannubi, Marchesi di Barolo
Group 1; Stramwasser 2; Phin 4

G. 1997 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga, Fontanafredda
Group 8; Stramwasser 7; Phin 8

H. 1997 Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia, Aldo Conterno
Group 5; Stramwasser 1; Phin 1.

Nov 16, 2008

Barolos are SOLD OUT!

Sorry to disappoint those who were tardy in registering but as expected, the Barolo wine tasting has sold out.

Nov 13, 2008

Down to the last spots

As of 11 PM tonight, there is now only 1 ticket left for our 1997 Barolo tasting. TVC members - well that's 1 member - so wake up, smell the coffee & register or you will miss a great tasting. Of course, a non-member could bypass you and register in the meantime. But we warned you that it was going to be sold out well before the deadline and we are going to be right!

Nov 12, 2008

Only 4 spots left for 1997 Barolo tasting!

TVC Members - as of today, there are only 4 spots left for our 1997 Barolo tasting on November 26 so please don't want any longer to buy your tickets!

Nov 6, 2008

Guest speaker: Bernard Stramwasser

At our November 2008 tasting of 1997 Barolo wines, we are delighted to have Bernard Stramwasser as our guest speaker. Those of you who attended our May 2008 dinner at Amuse-Bouche will recall Bernard as the evening's sommelier. He did a fabulous job pairing wines with our dishes. And so we are fortunate and excited to have him again in November.

Bernard was featured as Sommelier of the Month on page 14 of the International Sommelier Guild's May 2007 newsletter. Bernard is a co-owner of Le Sommelier Inc. , a wine import company dedicated to introducing Canadians to premium wines from small, and mostly family owned boutique producers from all over the wine producing world. And so TVC is fortunate and excited to have him again in November. Hope to see you at the Barolo tasting!

Nov 5, 2008

2009 Membership Renewals

Renewals were sent out to our members over the past couple of days and are due by December 31. To renew, please send in your cheque or renew online using a credit card at:

Membership renewals are $50 for a single and $80 for a double.