Oct 17, 2012

Pop a cork for Champagnes in November!

When you imbibe Champagne, you'’re drinking "the stars" and lots of history. Many Champagne houses go back centuries and their founders/wines often played roles in political, royal, literary and wine making history. We taste Champagnes from: Pol Roger, Mumm, Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Lanson, Piper-Hiedseck, Charles Hiedseck with a tremendous amount of history, and one from an award-winning Ontario winery, Huff Estates in Prince Edward County, made by a transplanted winemaker from Burgundy.   We will be joined in the evening by two individuals from Huff Estates who will be our guest speakers: Frédéric Picard, winemaker and Jason Sharpe, General Manager as they compare their award-winning cuvee against some notable champagnes from France.

So whether you’re a fan of Ian Fleming/James Bond (Bollinger), a racing car enthusiast (Mumm) an ardent support of royalty (Charles Heidsieck ), or just a wine lover, drinking champagne is one of those ‘must do’ activities in life and hopefully, more than just at New Year’s, birthdays and anniversaries.  Come celebrate the upcoming holiday season with TVC and make your Champagne choices for 2012. 

Date:      Tuesday, November 20/12
Time:      6 PM
Where:   41 Willcocks St., Toronto, ON (U of T Faculty Club)
Cost:      TVC Members:  $61;  Non-Members/Guests:  $76  (includes reception wine plus light appetizers with the wines)
Buy tickets  Note:  All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be offered unless we sell out and have a wait list.

Oct 16, 2012

Australian Shiraz Results, Oct. 2012

We enjoyed some very lovely and big Australian Shiraz wines on October 16, 2012 with guest speaker, Malcolm Cocks, President of the Australian Wine Society of Toronto (AWS) and of Glen-Ward wines.  For some reason, we didn't get his rankings noted below but you can see how our group rated them.

Name of Wine (in order poured)Group RankingGuest Ranking
A -
2007 Alkoomi Jarrah Shiraz $39.95
B -
2008 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz $44.95
C -
2007 Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz $39.95
D -
2008 Best's Bin No. 0 Shiraz $56.95
E -
2002 Mitchell McNicol Shiraz $52.21
F -
2001 Rockfort Basket Press Shiraz $79
G -
2005 Henschke Mount Edelstone $99.95
H -
2007 Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz $120.20