beverages are still available at your local LCBO, winery, brewery or through an
agency, I hope you won’t mind.
the Metro Convention Centre for a weekend in November. It’s an interesting mix
of education and alcohol sampling that sees the wine and spirits community out in
force. Here are a few of my
favourites, discovered over two days of tasting:
These were a fantastic introduction to Lodi
wines, which I’ve never tried before. With Shawn and I hoping to head to California in July, it
was nice to be able to explore some wines from a lesser known region. My
favourite was the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvigon.
experience with them and Shawn and I are hoping to visit the area soon. My
favourite of the wines I tried was Burning Kiln’s Riesling. Burning Kiln is
also the home of the Zip ‘n’ Sip wine adventure – something I really can’t wait
further in love with Hidden Bench’s Riesling and Muskoka Lake’s
incredible Red Maple cranberry maple dessert wine. And, of course, I took a
moment to stop by the Lighthall Vineyward’s booth to indulge in a little of their crisp,
lively Progression Sparkling – a longstanding personal favourite (and the
perfect compliment for any oyster dinner).
Veinte Grados (or 20°), a red blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Garnacha from Granada. This was a
spicy, warm wine full of red fruit with lovely strawberry and anise on the
nose. The tannin was medium and there was very nice pepper on the finish – a
find an LCBO that carries it. Pommies is made in a wine style and I love the
crisp, refreshing taste. It’s not cloyingly sweet and it doesn’t have the
bitter aftertaste I don’t like in some ciders. I was thrilled to see more
people discovering it at the show.
beer from Oast House and checking out the cocktails at Tag Vodka.
spice rubs – you won’t be disappointed) and Le Dolci’s uber-delicious macarons.
I truly couldn’t get enough of those cookies – I went back more than once on
both days I visited the show.