Upcoming Wine Events

Well that time of the year is upon us, where the leaves are falling from the maple trees, the deck furniture is being placed in the shed and the pool is being drained for another season. That’s right, it’s fall, and even though this summer was not as long as we might have liked, the Indian summer wasn’t all that bad.

For those of us living and working in the tourist areas, this means that things are starting to slow down for a while at work, but it also means that it the season for wine events to start kicking off in the Montreal area. So stop complaining that summer is over, and start signing up for the wine tastings that are already starting next week. Here are a few reminders.

Austrian Wine Tasting, October 14 from 14:30-17:30                                                            6610 Rue Hutchison Montreal (Outremont)  info@tuxedoev.com

Raspipav – 8th Edition Private Import wines Oct 31-Nov 2                                               Marché Bonsecours, Montreal   www.raspipav.com

Italy Trade Tasting / ITA November 4 13:00-17:00                                                            Marché Bonsecours Montreal  event@italytrade.com

La Grande Dégustation de Montreal November 5                                                                     Place Bonaventure, 800 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest Montreal                                                    http://www.lagrandedegustation.com

Please contact me for more details, all dates are for industry only and need to be registered before arriving at the tasting. Carpooling is always a better way to get to these events, so ask your friends if they want to go, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the end of the month.

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September tasting

Three wines were chosen by our panel to be tasted blind, here are the naked notes from this months tasting.

1st wine

Color – yellow, clear beautiful vivacity along with a slight golden straw hue.

On the nose very aromatic with notes of white stone fruit, fresh pear and apple, moving into an amazing mineral complexity with great freshness and white flowers.

On the palate it exploded with acidity and white fruit, peaches, orchard pear, white lily and stone fruit could be picked up. Evolving notes of Almonds and vanilla, along with orange peal and banana could be sensed. Round feel in the mouth, and an unexpected creaminess on the finish. Persistent and complex, this wine had a lot to offer. It changed as the tasting went on to more honey notes, lemon and raw mineral flavors.

Could be paired with fresh Carpaccio of Scallop, raw seafood, or white fish with a light lemon vinaigrette.

2nd wine

Golden color, deeper, with green reflects, clear and without troubling.

Very aromatic on the nose, exuding an explosion of fresh green Granny Smith apples, Starfruit,  Honeydew Melon, and fresh hay. Slight herbaceous note with white flower spice almost Orchids.

In the mouth very fresh and lively, acidity present and yet complemented by a round mouth feel. Tastes of lemon and orange, white fruit, mineral notes and a slight spice on the finish. Very short, without much body, light on the finish with a slight bitterness at the end. Definitely a wine that keeps you coming back for more, but did lack balance. A little young.

Serve with Salmon Tartar, Asian dishes or some firm Québec cheeses.

3rd wine

Deep red color, opaque with red reflects

Immense nose of cooked fruit, overripe Blueberries and Blackcurrants, Bing Cherries, cooked red fruits with hints of dried flowers, Chocolate, Tobacco Torrefaction, Coffee, smoky meatiness. Also spices such as Cumin, Star Anise, vanilla.

A bold full mouth feel, enveloping the entire palate with fresh fruit, and surprising acidity. Balanced with silky tannin’s the wine  fell off the mouth with ease, as the notes of mushrooms and plums, mixed with cherries and a slight gaminess gave it the structure to finish long and rich. Easily drinking now, but could stand up to years longer in the cellar.

Serve with braised meat with wild Chanterelle mushrooms, Grilled steak, or Game meats.

Naked Sommeliers 6082015

1st wine

Okanagan Valley, Pinot Gris, Blue Mountain Estate Winery 2008

2nd wine

Okanagan Valley, Unicus, Culmina Family Estate 2013

3rd wine

Bierzo, Villa de Corullon, Descendientes de J. Palacios 2007

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