Jan 29, 2009

Jacques Marie, guest speaker

Toronto Vintners Club is delighted to have as our guest speaker at the upcoming tasting of 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape, Jacques Marie - international wine judge, a Master in Food and Wine Technology and a Master Chef. A native of Normandy, France who has lived in Canada for many years, he is a co-author The Wine Lover Dines with reknown wine writer, Tony Aspler, and co-author of The Wine Manual with Konrad Ejbich and Shari Darling . Jacques also hosted two radio shows on wine.

His work experience includes Executive Chef at Sutton Place Hotel and Executive Sous-Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Inn On The Park in Toronto. He was a Professor in Wine Education at the Stratford Cooking School and at George Brown College in Toronto. In 1992, he was made a Fellow of the Ontario Hostelery Institute.

Jacques received the Croix de Chevalier du Merite Agricole from the French government in addition to many other awards from various associations. He is an active governor of the Sommelier Guild and is a member of numerous wine and culinary groups. Jacques has many other interests ranging from music to camping and scuba diving.

Thank you to http://www.culinaryarts.ca/Culinary_Arts_chefs.htm for much of the biography on Jacques Marie.

Jan 28, 2009

Chateauneuf du Pape is SOLD OUT!

Our February wine tasting of 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape sold out in 2.5 days. Sorry to disappoint those members who weren't able to get tickets.

Jan 27, 2009

Chat du Pape tickets sales very brisk

Ticket sales opened today for our February 17th Chateauneuf du Pape tasting. Currenly, only TVC members and their guests can register. In less than 12 hours, almost 50% of the seats have been sold. Members, please don't delay in registering for your spot! Don't want you to be disappointed. If you aren't a member yet, join soon and you'll receive our event details within 24 hours. See our sidebar for the link to join.

Jan 26, 2009

Members get advance ticket sales

Because there are only 72 tickets available for our 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape tasting, TVC members have been exclusive advance ticket sales to register themselves and their guests for this tasting.

Jan 22, 2009

February event, Chateauneuf du Pape

Next month, we'll be tasting wines from the 2000 vintage of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Here are a few details:

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 17
Place: Toronto Board of Trade, downtown centre
Cost: Members: $56; non-members/guests: $70

Our wines include: Roger Perrin, Domaine du Grand Tinel, Domaine des Relagnes, Clos des Papes, Font de Michelle, Domaine du Galet des Papes, Cabrieres Chateauneuf du Pape, Cuvee Prestige Tete de Cru, and Chapoutier, la Bernardine.

As tickets are quite limited, our members will receive preferential treatment. They will have several days to register before we make the registration link and more details public on our website. If you'd like to get in on the act, we would welcome you as a new member. Click on the appropriate link on the blog sidebar to join or go to our website.

Jan 21, 2009

Finding a specific wine

Sometimes we get queries from people wanting to find a particular bottle of wine or vintage in Ontario. Here is some helpful information for the province of Ontario.

Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)
1-800-ONT-LCBO (1-800-668-5226) or
416-365-5900 in the Toronto area
Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.


Customer Service
1-800-266-4764 or
416-365-5767 in the Toronto area
Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Jan 5, 2009

1999 Burgundy Tasting, January 20, 2009

We start off the 2009 tasting year with a bang. The 1999 Burgundy vintage is one of the best of the 90's with a perfect summer four-week period over August and September resulting in a decent harvest with wines that will wow you - the Pinot's are very fruity and drinking beautifully. "The 1999 wines are distinguished by their purity and balance," pronounced Pierre-Henry Gagey, the BIVB's president (winegrower\rquote s association of Burgundy. ". . . The reds are fine in colour, full-bodied, with a pronounced character expressed through some truly luscious fruity notes." (Jon Henley, The Guardian, Monday November 22 1999.) The wines are generally deeply coloured, quite fleshly, with soft, rounded tannins and a lovely purity of fruit. The lesser villages will develop fairly quickly but the better Premier Crus and Grand Crus should hold for ten years. This vintage in Burgundy has been touted as "very good", " great", "most exciting I've ever tasted" , (Jancis Robinson), "one of the best in 20-30 years", "a cracker", "exceptional" . . . we could go on and on but, really, is that necessary because we'd be repeating ourselves? 1999 will be regarded in the years to come as a great red wine vintage and we will be drinking these wines at their peak.

We have several premier cru wines along with others from highly regarded producers. And our guest speaker will be Peter Wearing of The Small Winemakers's Collection. Peter is no stranger to TVC, having supplied us with quality reception wines on more than one occasion. This time he has agreed to do double duty! So please join us for an exceptional and fun evening of great wines and good company on Tuesday, January 22, 2009.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
: Reception Wine: 6:00 PM, Formal Tasting: 6:20 PM
Costs: Members’ Fee: $64; Guests/Non-Members Fee: $80
Register / Buy Tickets

Where: Toronto Board of Trade (4th Floor), 1st Cdn Place, (Entrance off Adelaide St. between Bay & York) How to Find the Board of Trade


1999 Savigny-Lès-Beaune Aux Vergelesses, 1er cru, Simon Bize. $45 Two cuvees which have been assembled. The most sophisticated of tall the Savignys. Very lovely, classy, intense fruit. Fullish body, long and complex; very fine. Clive Coates, MW, The Vine, March 2001.

1999 Volnay, Santenots, Domaine Matrot. $49
Medium ruby in colour. Inviting nose of sweet cherries, raspberries and violets. Well-structured with ripe fruits, minerals and fresh herbs on the palate. A seductive offering with good acidity and a persistent finish. Tasty now [2000]; better in three years. Lloyd Events, Dec. 14/02.

1999 Volnay, 1er cru, Clos des Chenes, Domaine Antonin Guyon, $49
Clos Des Chenes is one of the most well-known Premiers Crus of Volnay. The plots of Antonin Guyon extend over an area of 87 acres, remarkably well located. The soil is clay and limestone. Vines are 25 yr. old. Wines are aged 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new oak) A beautiful dark ruby with aromas of berries and undergrowth. A persistence in the mouth with a richness and very final race.

1999 Nuits St. Georges, Close des Porrets St Georges. Domaine Nehri Gouges $63 Blackberry-scented, medium to dark ruby-colored; firm personality. Reveals an excellent depth of dark fruits (mostly brambleberries and blackberries) in its silky yet highly structured character. Drink over the next 7-8 years. eRobertParker.com; Wine Advocate #135; June 2001. Pierre Rovanie 87-89 pts.

1999 Lucien Muzard Santenay la Maladiere, 1er cru. $32
Ruby-coloured; displays dark cherry and fresh herb aromas. Light to medium-bodied and packed with layers of sweet cherries. Well-made, seamless, easy-going wine to be drunk over the next 5 years. eRobertParker.com; Wine Advocate #135; June 2001. Pierre Rovanie 86 pts.

1999 Morey-Saint-Denis en Rue de Vergy, Domaine Henri Perrot-Minot. $49
Dark ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blackcurrent, espresso and bitter chocolate. Dense and sweet but sappy, with flavours of blackberry and chocolate. Has just enough cut to avoid being heavy. Tannins are nicely ripe. From a full yield and rather large grapes. Steven Tanzer, Int’l Wine Cellar, Mar-Apr 2001. 87-89. Robert Parker: 88.

1999 Chambolle Musigny, 1er cru, Les Charmes, Roux Pere & fils. $50
Sorry, no tasting notes available.

1999 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques, Louis Jadot. $85 Deep ruby and purple hues with intense, forward aromas of Gevrey earth and roasted coffee with flavors that are richly tannic yet velvety and quite long. This gives the Clos St. Jacques a run for its money in 99, something that it rarely does chez Jadot. (89-92)/2008-10