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Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival

Friday night we attended Toronto’s Wine & Spirit Festival at the Distillery, which, for an inaugral event, did not disappoint. There was a little bit for everyone and we left very satisfied. Plastic cups were the mainstay, but an upgrade to a glass tasting glass was $3.00.

Mike Weir Winery was our first stop for the evening. For those of you who are not familiar with Mike Weir Wines, originally, the wines were produced by winemakers, Rob Power and Craig McDonald from Creekside Estate Winery. Wanting to spread its wings and accommodate the label’s growing popularity, they decided to partner with Chateau des Charmes in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is fantastic. Sourced from two separate vineyards providing further complexity and enabling, winemaker, Paul Bosc, to work his magic on yet another wine. The 2007 Chardonnay has a modest intensity on the nose with nuances of peach and pear…I like it. The 2007 Pinot Noir is a candied treat with sweet raspberry and a puckering sour cherry on the palate to merry the refreshing acidity that lingers in your mouth. Thank you Mike Weir.

We perused the booths and were pleasantly surprised to see the Louis Jadot Borgogne Chardonnay. This is a great wine for the price; displaying minerally aromas, along will some pink grapefruit and secondary pear and melon aroma’s. The acidity on the palate is moderate and will definitely stand up to an Indian Butter Chicken.

Looking forward to checking out the Prince Edward County (PEC) wineries within the Fermenting Cellar, I was left a little disappointed in the lack of presence. Sugarbush Vineyard was our first try at PEC wines; their Cabernet Franc is definitely not as refined as its counterparts in Niagara, but it shows strong leathery and pencil shaving aromas along with an unripened plum on the palate. We then followed Maggie to her booth for Trumpours Mill and tasted the 2007 Pinot Noir; so light in colour the Pinot Noir mimicked a Rose. Ripe strawberries on the nose and a smooth finish, this wine will be awesome chilled on a hot summer day.

Leaving the fermenting cellar, we were enticed into A Taste of Quebec to sample their cheesey treats. Grabbing the raw cows milk cheese, Hercules, I decided to taste the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit in the wine was that much more elevated with more tropical kiwi and pineapple when paired with the cheese. Atlernatively, the cheese became more creamy, making me want to go back for more.

Finally, we ventured to the Glenmorangie booth where Charton Hobbs was pouring a selection of this fine single malt. I tried the Original and the Nectar D’Or. The Nectar D’Or just blew me away, with aromas of Caramel and Meringue on the nose followed by a smooth lime sherbet and vanilla finish. Check out the Glenmorangie website for a mouth watering recipe to pair with this fabulous scotch. By the way, did I mention that it is aged in Sauternes Barriques…A great finish to the evening.

The Festival was a success with a few hiccups that I am sure will be rectified next year. The venue is perfect for this type of event, but, I would imagine the logistics were a nightmare. Way to go…Looking forward to attending next year’s festival.

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