Sep 28, 2011

InterVin's Top-Scoring Value Wines - 2011

Looking for a good quality wine at an economical price?  Why not check out these wines that made the InterVin's Top list for Value Wines.

2011 InterVin International Wine Awards
Judges’ Selections for Best Value


Red Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Blends
Barefoot Winery Cabernet Sauvignon United States
Two Oceans Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 South Africa
McWilliams Winery Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Australia
Rosemount Diamond Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2009 Australia
Southbrook Vineyards Connect Organic Red 2008 Canada
Wineinc Pty Ltd. Wine Men of Gotham Cabernet 2008 Australia
Other Red Blends

Aya Charming 2008 Portugal
Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Rèmole 2009 Italy
Ogier Heritages Côtes du Rhône 2009 France
Tormaresca Paiara Rosso 2009 Italy
Other Reds

Castillo de Monseran Old Vines Garnacha 2007 Spain
Henry's Drive Vignerons Morse Code Shiraz 2009 Australia
Nicosia SpA Fondo Filara Nerello Mascalese 2008 Italy
Rigal The Original Malbec 2009 France
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Warren Classic Pinot Noir 2010 Canada

White Wines
Calona Vineyards Artist Series Chardonnay 2010 Canada
Coyote's Run Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2010 Canada
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Hob Nob Chardonnay 2009 France
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Charlotte's Chardonnay 2010 Canada

Angels Gate Winery Sussreserve Riesling 2009 Canada
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Riesling 2008 Canada
Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Barefoot Winery Pinot Grigio United States
Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada
Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2010 Canada
Montevina Winery Pinot Grigio 2010 United States
Peller Estates Okanagan Family Series Pinot Gris 2010 Canada
Sauvignon Blanc

Legends Estates Winery Diva Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010 Canada
Rossendale Wines Cottesbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2011 New Zealand
Viña Misiones de Rengo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Chile

Other Whites
Azienda Agricola Torre Varano Falanghina 2009 Italy
Limnos Wines Muscat of Alexandria 2010 Greece
Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2010 Canada
Southbrook Vineyards Connect White 2010 Canada


Sep 27, 2011

Beaucastel Vertical is coming!

On October 18, TVC will be tasting a flight of 8 wines from Chateau de Beaucastel ranging in age from 1995 to 2007.  TVC members have been given an exclusive opportunity to register and buy tickets for the event before it's opened up to the general public.  These wines are very expensive and very exclusive so it will be a rare opportunity to sample them in a single sitting.  The price for members is $95 and $115 for non-members and guests.   For an interesting article and 10-year comparison on the rise in prices for Beaucastel, click here.

Now is a good time to join Toronto Vintners because if you join now, your membership will be paid up until the end of 2012 and by joining now, you'll receive a notice for this event with all the registration information.  For more details about our membership, please click here.

Sep 26, 2011

Our Bordeaux Speaker

A big thanks to Tammy Cheung, our speaker for our 2003 Bordeaux.  Tammy is a pharmacist by trade and currently in the advance level of the Wines and Spirit Education Trust diploma program. She also completed the Bordeaux Master-Level Certificate with the French Wine Society this past summer.
Bordeaux and Rhone are her two favourite wine regions of the world.

Sep 25, 2011

2003 Bordeaux, Left Bank - Results

This past Tuesday, the club was lucky enough to have the opportunity to taste some 2003 Left Bank Bordeaux's.  Those of us that were able to make it out to the even, were not disappointed by some of the outstanding wines available this evening.

2003 was an atypical season, marked by heatwaves throughout Europe but with late rainfall that helped to save a lot of the harvest, especially the cabernet sauvignon.  This lead to the wines having higher than normal tannin levels and much more of a new world flavour.

The highest ranked wine for the night, with a unanimous decision, was the Leoville Barton, 2e, St. Julien (which was also the most expensive, coming in at $109 a bottle at the time of purchase).  It was described a having a very spicy and smokey aroma, a nice inky purple colour, and perfectly balanced tannins and acid levels. 

Name of Wine (in order poured)
Group Ranking
Guest Ranking
2003 Pavillon Rouge, Chateau Margaux $89
2003 Grand Puy Lacoste, 5e, Pauillac $86
2003 Lafon Rochet, 4e, St Estephe $49
2003 Duhart Milon, 4e, Pauillac $59
2003 Branaire Ducru, 4e, St Julien $65
2003 Malescot St. Exupéry, 3e, Margaux $69
2003 Langoa Barton, 3e, St Julien $66
2003 Leoville Barton, 2e, St Julien $109

Sep 15, 2011

Reminder for 2003 Bordeaux

This is a last reminder that (SHOCK!), we still have tickets available for our 2003 Red Bordeaux tasting on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.  For links and other info, please click here.

Sep 1, 2011

Red Bordeaux in September!

September Wine Tasting
Theme: 2003 Bordeaux (Left Bank)
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
Time: 6 PM
Where: Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., Toronto
Cost: Members $74; Non-Members: $94
Register /Buy Tickets

TVC presents Red Bordeaux from the Left Bank on September 20th. The 2003 vintage was exceptional and we have wines from such esteemed châteaux as Leoville-Barton and its sister, Langoa-Barton; Duhart-Milon (formerly Duhart-Milon- Rothschild) part of the Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite); Lafon-Rochet owned by the Tesseron family which also owns Château Pontet-Canet; Malescot St. Exupéry which dates back to 1697 and was acquired in 1827 by Count Jean Batiste St-Exupéry, great-great grandfather of the aviator and writer Antoine de St. Exupéry; Grand Puy Lacoste, Branaire Ducru and Pavillon Rouge, the second wine from Chateau Margaux.

Please note that all ticket sales are final, whether paid by credit card or cheque. We can only issue a refund if we are ‘oversold’. A guest speaker and light appetizers will be served with our wines to round out the evening’s enjoyment.