Monday, October 20, 2014

Report from ... A Toast to Free Assemblage – June 26, 2014

A mid-morning tasting with winemaker JL Groux followed up by lunch.  All wines are new in the Stratus line-up and some were intriguing, especially when you think it was made at an Ontario winery with Ontario grown grapes ... it's amazing to see a winery taking this kind of risk and succeeding.

A beautiful line-up of wines, ready for tasting
The wine list included (click on wine name for full review):

2012 Chardonnay - ($48.00)

Plus these extremely interesting and intriguing over the top wines:

2010 Cabernet Franc ($38.00)
2010 Tannat ($42.00)
2010 Sangiovese ($42.00)
And then there was lunch ...

Three Dishes for lunch all prepared by Chef/Proprietor of Treadwell ‘farm to table’ Cuisine, Stephen Treadwell.  Each dish fell under a special heading: Fresh, Savoury and Sweet - here's what was on the menu ...

Seared whitefish with creamed cabbage,
oven dried tomato and soft poached egg

“Cumbrae Farms” slow cooked lamb shoulder,
pomme puree and summer vegetables
Alas I had no time for dessert (obviously the SWEET part of the menu) ... but it was described as: 
Treadwell strawberry “mess”, vanilla bean whipped cream and crunchy meringue

Monday, October 13, 2014

Report from ... Generation Riesling, German Wine Tasting - May 20, 2014

Sure it's called "Generation Riesling" but Germany makes more than just Riesling - thing is it's the Rieslings that stand up ... so let's take a look at what happened on this day of lunch, German wine pairing and a whole boat-load of Riesling.

Riesling - Join the Movement ...
if you need to be convinced to drink Riesling,
I'm really not sure what to say here

Starting with Lunch ...

The line-up of wines scheduled for lunch - reviews later
Scallop Crudo
with sunflower and lemon balm
Poached Hen's Egg
with duPuy Lentils and Smoked Bacon
Grilled Salmon
with broiled asparagus and onion soubise

Thyme and Roasted Garlic Braised Beef Short Rib
with braised cabbage and marinated beans
Nosey Goat Camelot and Comfort Cream
with walnut and cherry compote and artisan chocolate

The Generation Riesling Tasting ...
Entering the Riesling Room
Top Lunch Wine:
Weingut Runkel 2011 Bechtheimer Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)
pretty violet, sour black cherry with cran-vanilla, anise and cinnamon
this complex wine has nice balance of fruit and acidity (****)
Top Lunch Wine:
Prinz von Hessen 2012 Riesling Dachsfilet
sweet smell of apple, apricot and lime; palate turns out to be dry
with lime zest and mineral (*** 1/2+)
Double Shot from Weingut Bollig-Lehnert
2012 Fire Dragon Riesling: fresh and fruity; gentle, delicate and fun
2013 Flagfish Riesling: touch of sweetness with nice acid/mineral balance
Both wines *** 1/2+
Weingut Willems & Hofmann/Fritz Muller
2013 Hofmann Riesling "vom Muschelkalk" trocken

chalky, minerally with hints of lime - great acidity and so much mineral (****)
Weingut Willems & Hofmann/Fritz Muller
2013 Willems-Willems Riesling "Auf der Lauer" feinherb

fresh green apple, lemon-lime, peach pit and mineral (****+)
Weingut Klumpp 2013 Riesling QbA trocken
easy drinking style with nice acidity, dry pith and zesty citrus (*** 1/2+)
Reh Kendermann 2012 Riesling Roter Hang
nice fruit, good mineral, long finish (*** 1/2+)
Domanenweingut Schloss Schonborn 2008 Erbach Marcobrunn Riesling kabinett
nicely aged with good sweetness, white fruit and lovely mineral quality (****+)
Domanenweingut Schloss Schonborn 2013 Riesling QbA trocken
mineral intensity, lots of acid, dry and food friendly (*** 1/2+)
Weingut St. Urbanshof 2012 Leiwener Laurentiuslay Riesling GG
dry with the bitterness of citrus pith and green apple skin (*** 1/2+)
Weingut St. Urbanshof 2012 Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling
dry, delicate and delicious - so sippable with lots of mineral/talc
with apple, lemon and lime (****+)

Weingut St. Urbanshof 2013 St. Urbanshof Riesling
silky white fruit; balanced acid with sweetness then adds
pear, peach and apple - this is very pretty (****)
Weingut Walter 2012 Riesling Kabinett
an elegant sweetness to the wine with all its
apple, talc and pear notes along with a pretty finish (*** 1/2+)