22) September 19, 2009

What the Heck is Noble Rot Anyway?

Dessert wines made with Botrytis-affected grapes

Venue: Devine Wines and Spirits

23) October 6, 2009

Introduction to Bordeaux

Venue: Devine Wines and Spirits

24) October 24, 2009

2000 Bordeaux Left Bank Second Wines
Venue: Characters Fine Dining

The Wines:
-Amiral de Beychevelle, second wine of Chateau Beychevellle (St. Julien fourth growth).  87 points, Wine Spectator.
-Les Fiefs de Lagrange, second wine of Chateau Lagrange (St. Julien third growth). 89 points, Wine Spectator.
-Sarget de Gruaud Larose, second wine of Chateau Gruaud Larose (St. Julien second growth). 91 points, Wine Spectator.
-Les Pagodes de Cos, second wine of Chateau Cos d'Estournel (St. Estephe second growth). 92 points, Wine Spectator.
-Carruades de Lafite, second wine of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (Pauillac first growth). 93 points, Wine Spectator.
-Clos du Marquis, second wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases (St. Julien second growth). 94 points, Wine Spectator.
-MYSTERY WINE! There will be one Bordeaux-style blend from the 2000 vintage from outside Bordeaux to see if anyone can pick it out! * The mystery wine was 2000 Kanonkop Paul Sauer from South Africa.

25) November 18, 2009

Regional Tasting: Wines of New Zealand

Venue: Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants

26) January 19, 2009

Chilean Carmenere

Venue: Crestwood Fine Wines

27) January 30, 2010

Cellar Diminishment Dinner

Venue: Characters

The wines:

1997 Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon

2006 Kettle Valley Hayman Vineyard Pinot Noir (Okanagan Valley)
2000 Les Fiefs de Lagrange (St. Julien, Bordeaux)
2000 Domaine Brusset Gigondas (Rhone Valley)
2002 Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc (Okanagan Valley)
1999 St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz (Australia)
2002 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia)
2004 Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2005 Laughing Stock Portfolio (Okanagan Valley)
2004 Sandhill Small Lots Program One (Okanagan Valley)
2001 Beni di Batasiolo Barolo (Piedmont, Italy)
2004 Tenuta Monteti (Tuscany, Italy)
2000 Chateau La Rose Figeac (Pomerol, Bordeaux)

28) March 3, 2010

Canadian Wine Cage Match: Battle Pinot Noir!

Venue: Tzin Wine and Tapas

29) April 16, 2010

Wine and Alberta Beef!

Venue: Characters Fine Dining

Course one: Beef carpaccio.
Wine pairing: Foxtrot 2006 Pinot Noir (Naramata, BC)
Course two: Braised beef short ribs.
Wine pairing: Stefano Farina 1997 Barolo (Piedmont, Italy

Course three: Beef tenderloin.
Wine pairing: Chateau Lafon Rochet 1996 (St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France

Course four: Grilled beef skewers.
Wine pairings:
1) Sandhill Small Lots Program 2006 Syrah (Phantom Creek Vineyard, Okanagan Valley).
2) Penfolds 1999 St. Henri Shiraz (Australia

Course five: Boeuf Bourguignon.
Wine pairings:
1) Petrolo 2006 Galatrona (Tuscany, Italy).
2) Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2001 (St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France).

30) June 1, 2010

Rhone Valley vs. California Rhone Rangers

Venue: Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants