A Few Words Before We Begin
Hello <<First Name>>,
On Leap Day 2016 at the Royal Ontario Museum, 33 wineries and their principals gathered to showcase Ontario wines called “Taste Ontario” – not to be confused with Cuvee, held 4 days later in Niagara. Wineries came from Lake Erie North Shore (2) to Prince Edward County (6) – and of course Niagara (27). There were some excellent wines for tasting – my top five are below … but before we look at those I have a couple of comments that would make the next year’s event better.
The Glassware …
Absolutely the worst glassware since The Icewine Gala 2011
, when we were drinking ALL the wines out of Chardonnay glasses – you would think that better glassware could be rented that would showcase that wines much better, these glasses were basically cut off Champagne flutes – even an ISO glass would have been a better choice. I know we wanna class up the tasting, but lousy glassware, no matter how good they look, just detracts from the enjoyment of the wines – and anybody who deals with wine, or even drinks wine, regularly, should know that.
Media Room …
As much as I, and many of my colleagues, appreciate a place to taste the wines away from the pushing and shoving of a crowded table; wineries want to see media, wines have a story to tell and so do the winemakers. Most wineries were pouring 4 wines, maybe holding back one per winery so that media had to go downstairs and interact would have been very beneficial to all ... or, instead of a devoting a costly Media Room on another floor, how about a one or two hour media-only time slot downstairs with the producers?
Now that that is off my chest, here are my top five wines tasted at Taste Ontario – plus a couple of special mentions for those still in tank / barrel.
Michael Pinkus -Grape Guy