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Features 24 Problem Child Mike Muirhead explores the finicky and fickle personality of Pinot Noir.
37 Putting Canadian Sommeliers on the Map: An Interview with Jessica Harnois Tina Jones explores the business and competition of the Sommelier profession.
48 Postcards from the Edge Andrea Eby travels the world of Pinot Noir on the back of a grape.
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contents Columns 10 A Message from Tina Jones 13 Ask a Sommelier 17 Behind the Label: Tawse Winery 18 Banville & Jones and Company 41 52
28 Trending Tools of the trade
33 Garyâ€™s Corner Pinot Noir: A variety of clones
41 Test Kitchen The Pinot Noir Challenge
46 Gluggy Tribute to a miracle
52 Banville & Jones Events 56 Banville & Jones Wine Institute 58 Especially for You Our favourite new accessories
60 Culinary Partners 63 Sidebar Canadaâ€™s Sommeliers
64 Shopping List 63
66 Top Picks
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a message from tina jones My FavEs 1. Naudin Ferrand: The wines from this family estate in Burgundy have been my faves for more than 10 years! 2. Discovering a new favourite Pinot Noir and then trying to find it again: impossible! 3. Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne is exquisite and world famous. I feel very honoured and privileged to be the exclusive retailer in Winnipeg of this world-class Champagne. 4. The city of Beaune in Burgundy— it’s magical! 5. Trusting Sommelier picks of Pinot Noir with the most difficult culinary flavours. It’s my go-to choice when I’m experimenting with food and wine.
When we decided that an entire issue of The Cellar Door would be devoted to Pinot Noir, it was exciting! One of the many ideas swirling about was to create a Test Kitchen competition. We had a great notion that we could pit teams composed of one chef and one wine expert against each other to create the best food and Pinot Noir wine pairing combination in the city. What happened was something that transcended all of our expectations: three beautifully flavoured and balanced dishes were created, each completely different from the others, and each paired with a Pinot Noir that was different from the rest. In fact, the teams did their jobs so well, that the judges (I admit, I was one) failed in our job to declare a winner! We had to admit that each Pinot Noir was the perfect companion to its dish, and each dish was a winner. And very importantly, each Pinot Noir was also tested with the other dishes and they clearly didn’t work. Only the selected pairings worked! Wow! Check out page 41 for the details. I wholeheartedly believe we should have anticipated this outcome. Pinot Noir has so many faces, so many facets! Pinot can be pale and elusive, yet exciting and perfumed. It can be rich and savoury, yet light on its feet. Pinot Noir can be rich and dark from California, or it can be a classic, elegant Burgundian, or it can be the beautiful backbone to racy, bubbly Champagne. The variety is reluctant to be put into a straightjacket or style, but it is consistently stylish! I invite you to turn these pages with me to join this elusive quest. Read about our Test Kitchen adventure; go along with Mike Muirhead and Andrea Eby on experiences and travels with Pinot; and read up on the science behind the mystery with Gary Hewitt. As always, every word of our regular columns and features is worth reading. Enjoy,
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ask a sommelier What is the difference between Ripasso, Valpolicella, and Amarone? —David Leibl Dear David, The truth is, these three wines are all variations on a theme. All are made from the same red grape varieties— Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara— which are grown in the Valpolicella region of Northeast Italy. Valpolicella— the basic, medium-bodied version of this blend—starts at $11. The top level is Amarone. What makes Amarone special is that the grapes are picked in late fall and then dried on trays for an average of 120 days, until they shrivel. They lose moisture, but the sugar remains, resulting in a big, rich wine that is higher in alcohol. Amarones normally start around $35. Ripasso is the style in between. The term “ripasso” literally means “to pass back over” in Italian. The wine is made by refermenting a basic Valpolicella on the skins left over from the production of Amarone. The process adds character and alcohol. Ripassos are sometimes called “baby Amarones,” and start at around $17.
a-kind wines are made through a unique process that involves fortifying the wines with grape spirit. From there, things get confusing. The finest wines are nurtured to encourage the development of a special yeast known as “flor.” The blanket of flor that develops on these wines protects them from the damaging effects of oxygen and contributes unique flavours to the wine. These wines will be labelled as Fino Sherry, and because they have been protected from oxygen during their development, their unique flavours will be destroyed quickly once exposed to the air. It is recommended that a Fino Sherry be consumed within a week of opening.
Wines not destined for the Fino style will enter a different aging regime, where they are allowed to mingle with the air and develop nutty, oxidized flavours. These wines will often be labelled as Oloroso and can last longer once open because of their previous exposure to air. I suggest consuming an Oloroso within two months of opening. Other forms of Sherry, such as Cream Sherry, Sweet Sherry, and Pedro Ximénez have much higher sugar content than the dry Fino and Oloroso styles and can hold up for months once opened.
While Sherry is one of the most underappreciated and versatile wines out there, it is also one of the most confusing wine styles to understand. All real Sherry comes from an area in southwest Spain known as the “Sherry Triangle.” These one-of-
“Cooking Sherry” is a different matter altogether. This “wine” is in fact not real Sherry and has had copious amounts of salt and preservatives added to it, in order to extend its shelf life. I suggest trading in your cooking “Sherry” for a bottle of Oloroso.
—Mike Muirhead I like to keep a bottle of Sherry in the fridge for cooking. I heard that Sherry is already oxidized, so I don’t have to worry about it going bad. Is this true? If not, how long can I keep it in my fridge? —Audrey Waterman
Keeping the bottle in the fridge will extend its shelf life and I wouldn’t be surprised if you found yourself sipping away on this delicious wine, even when you’re not cooking! —Andrea Eby What is a great wine for a dessert party? —Janice Cournoyer Dear Janice, Dessert is always a challenge. You don’t want to “oversweet” the flavours, so you have to choose wisely, and with an open mind. For a dessert party, and particularly with chocolate cake, I would definitely choose the Torrontes Late Harvest by Michel Torino. This wine has the orange tones that match perfectly with chocolate. It is sweet, but not sugary, and has a kind of fresh acidity at the end that makes it the perfect dance partner for desserts! If you are enjoying different styles of dessert (from lemon pie to lava cake, fresh and dried fruits to cheeses), you could pour a fun selection to beautifully pair with such a variety. For example, Simonsig Brut Rosé Sparkling is a delightfully fruity and dry Rosé. Also, you can’t neglect Port: try the Quinta de Ventozelo. Another amazing selection is the Innocent Bystander Cordon Cut Viognier. This wine is so good, it is hard to find words that contain it! Finally, I would add a fizzy Moscato (preferably Italian) like Primo Amore—or if you are in the mood to splurge, try the Francesca Callegaro Fior D’Arancio Colli Euganei. —Flavia Fernandez Fabio If you have a question for our Sommeliers, visit us at www.banvilleandjones.com/cellardoor.php
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Tawse 2009 Grower's Blend Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada $35.99
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There are two great sayings in the wine world. The first is: “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine,” referring to the long hours and camaraderie that every vintage entails. The other speaks to the competition in the boutique winery market: “How do you make a small fortune off of a winery? You start with a large one.” Moray Tawse has rolled his long and lucrative career as a mortgage investor into one of Niagara’s most successful wineries. There is no other winery that has claimed Wine Access’s title of Best Canadian Winery three years running. It is notable that when you Google Moray Tawse’s name, three of the first five hits speak to his personal success, and 10 of the next 11 hits are all about his winery. And for good reason: our lead buyer and Sommelier, Gary Hewitt, has been praising their pure and distinct wines since his first visit in 2008. Tawse Winery has garnered national acclaim for their consistent excellence, and a lot has been credited to their philosophy. Tawse follows a biodynamic philosophy in their vineyards, taking organic principles to the next level. They follow the biodynamic calendar for plant cycles, vine management, treatment, and picking. From the vineyard, the grapes make their way to Tawse’s state-of-
Tawse 2010 Laidlaw Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada $49.99
the-art gravity-flow winery. The results are best summed up in one taste of the wines that earned over 24 medals, including a record-setting six golds, at the 2011 Wine Access awards. Another factor that contributes to Tawse’s phenomenal success is their award-winning winemaker, Paul Pender. Winner of Ontario Wine Awards’ Winemaker of the Year in 2011, Paul started his career as a carpenter before following his passion for winemaking to Niagara. Drawing from this connection to the earth, Paul’s nurturing hand creates natural wines that have been applauded by many critics. Tawse’s wines are precise and complex, and their Pinot Noirs are distinctly driven by a sense of place. They have three different single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, each with their own personality. Quarry Road is pure and lean with fresh acidity, earthiness and red fruits, whereas Laidlaw is big and rich with dark red fruits and smoky mushroom aromas. Grower’s Blend has great complexity and a broad fruit profile, stretching from red and dark cherry to berry notes. Paul Pender’s gift is taking a step back to let the character of the vineyards shine through in each of Tawse’s exquisite wines.
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Friends of Banville & Jones: 1. The Banville & Jones team with Silvio di Silvio from Donnafugata, Sicily; 2. Roger Gillespie from Hester Creek Vineyards presents to the students of the Professional Sommelier Program; 3. Guiseppe Mazzocolin of Felsina Estate, Tuscany with Tina Jones; 4. Andrea Eby, Ryan Dunne, and Samia Torcivia at the Tolaini Winemaker's Dinner, The Velvet Glove; 5. Hector Hurd, Louie Tolaini, Ryan Dunne, and Chef Tim Palmer at the Tolaini Winemaker's Dinner, The Velvet Glove at The Fairmont Winnipeg.
6. Michele Cuto, Simone Luchetti, Diego Bonato, and Francesco Rosi of Tolaini Estates, Tuscany; 7. Marisa Curatolo and Tina Jones of le tre in Siena; 8. Tina Jones, Diego Bonato, and Marisa Curatolo at Tolaini Estates, Tuscany; 9. Pauline Boldt photographs Tolaini Estates; 10. Cycling the Clare Valley Wine Trail in Australia; 11. Judith Unterholzner of Kellerei Terlan. (Photos 6, 7, and 8 by Pauline Boldt)
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Eventually, every wine nerd wants to make wine. It is a natural progression. We start with the wine bug, graduate to wine nerd-dom and then think that we can do it ourselves. The ultimate grape that every nerd wants a crack at is Pinot Noir. On the surface, this is a curious choice. Pinot Noir is so finicky in the vineyard and the winery that it is called the “Heartbreak Grape.” It has scent descriptors that commonly include “compost” and “dirty diapers”—and those only show up in the best Pinots! But here’s the thing about Pinot Noir: when wine lovers find that bottle of Pinot that blows their minds, they spend the rest of their lives trying to find that next bottle that can do the same.
Raising Pinot Pinot Noir is mysterious and fickle. As a rule, grapes grow well in poor conditions, but Pinot Noir is the epitome of finicky. It likes the fringes, and makes the grape grower work hard. If you look at all the best Pinot Noir regions in the world, you will find that they are all on the outskirts: the Otago region in New Zealand is the most southern grape-growing region in the world (followed closely by Patagonia, Argentina); Niagara and Oregon are at the limits of northern grape growing with their short seasons; and Burgundy has one slope that runs for 40 kilometres in a marginal-continental climate that produces some of the best (and most expensive) Pinot Noir in the world. Pinot grapes produce the best wines when they have a long growing season and grapes can be picked into the late fall. But in these climates, Pinot Noir acts like a petulant toddler—you never know what you are going to get out of it.
Pinot Noir is mysterious and fickle. As a rule, grapes grow well in poor conditions, but Pinot Noir is the epitome of finicky. The Reward All wine nerds have their sights set on the Pinot Noir grape because, when the stars align, that is when the magic happens, and the wine becomes more than just wine. It becomes magical; it becomes hedonistic; it is no longer known as Pinot Noir, but by its proper name: Echézeaux, Gervrey Chambertin. It has scent and a feeling that
embodies the French word terroir, where you can actually taste and feel where the wine comes from. These fantasy Pinot Noirs can be big and brooding with dark blue fruits, firm tannins, and long, lingering acidity; or they can be full of strawberry and raspberry with floral and perfume notes that are light and dance on the palate.
Even if you have the perfect vintage, your heartache does not end in the vineyard. The Pinot Noir grape has a notoriously thin skin, the acidity of the grape falls off like it is a 10-metre platform diver, and the slightest rain at harvest will make it swell up, diluting the juice and ruining the harvest. It is more emotional than a teenager going through puberty. But like any child, if you treat it well and manage to provide the perfect conditions for its upbringing, you might have something that you can be proud of in the end—as long as you don’t mess up the higher education: winemaking. Yes, this part is as precarious as the growing stage—with the chance of producing thin, acidic wines or overripe, flat wines that don’t taste like any of the characteristics of fine Pinot Noir. It can be over oaked, or under oaked, and can live in the bottle for a week, or for a lifetime. Vines among the world’s best Pinot Noir at Bannockburn Vineyards, New Zealand www.banvilleandjones.com 25
Pinot Noir is a grape that entrances and frustrates. It can be your best investment—or your absolute worst. Pinot Noir is the wine that you talk about with all your wine friends, and the one wine in your cellar that you might never open. Pinot Noir is like a junior-high crush: just thinking about it makes you happy without even opening the bottle. We all want our chance at catching its eye—and Pinot Noir will flirt back, but you both know who will always come out on top.
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when the stars align, that is when the magic happens, and the wine becomes more thaN just wine.
PINOT CAMP I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to Pinot Camp in Willamette Valley, Oregon. The experience is essentially Band Camp for wine nerds, where 200 wine writers, restauranteurs, and Sommeliers from around the world spend five days discovering Oregon and all of its sub-regions. I had the opportunity to explore Pinot Noir from a macro (regional) level, a meso (single vineyard) level, and a micro level (plant by plant), studying different tastes from different regions, vineyards, soil types, barrel aging regimes, and—for us exceptionally nerdy folk— different yeast strains. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, and really shone a light on how unique and special Pinot Noir is to each region, person, and vineyard. —Mike Muirhead Pinot Camp picks:
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trending By Rob Stansel So what happened? Why, in 2013, are we still twisting a metallic helix into a bullet of tree bark, hoping the whole thing doesn’t backfire onto our tablecloths and footwear? Sommeliers, I must tell you, are gadget-loving folk. As a sommelier-in-training, I’m a bit amused by it, even struck by self-doubt: shouldn’t I be more excited to wield a Champagne sabre, fascinated by the physics of decanting funnels? Maybe. But that night, what struck me most was the contrast: our hip, unfortunate server was struggling with a tool derived from a 17th-century musket-cleaning device, his guest was uploading a photo of the aftermath to Instagram, and I was re-thinking my wine selection. Something with a screw-cap, maybe. In the spring of 2011, whilst UrbanSpoon-ing my way through Manhattan in a quest for the holy grail of wine and food pairings, I came upon a quaint tapas joint with a Robert-Parker-would-approve 90 per cent-plus rating. Check the comments. With a few flicks of my thumb, phrases like “delicious,” “modern,” and “OMG BEST TAPAS EVER!!!” whizzed across my display. Worth a go. I looked up. I’d walked right by it. Spoiler alert: I didn’t find the grail there. Apologies to all you foodies and wine nerds whose hopes I’d buttressed. You’d already skipped ahead anyway, hadn’t you? You’d opened a new tab and Googled “BEST TAPAS EVER MANHATTAN,” hadn’t you? I’d taken my seat and perused the wine list: Charcoal Helvetica on a 5" x 12" white placard. Very clean, very NYC. Many unfamiliar faces. How to choose? Open the browser again. A Wine Spectator Top 100? Todd Antonation would approve. Worth a go. To my left, a Sommelier sporting a deep-V and Chucks strolled up to his guests’ table with a bottle in hand. I strained to see what the locals were drinking. Couldn’t quite read the label. I watched intently. The blade must have been a bit dull. There was a struggle with the capsule, his hand trembling, sawing awkwardly at the foil. Finally, it was off. Bits of aluminum on the table. Evidence of the battle. A stubborn old vintage, perhaps. Then, something I’d never witnessed before, and have not seen since: with lever latched to lip, the bottle’s neck split along a barely visible seam and collapsed into a crimson tide of spoiled tablecloth and chunky shards of glass. The “corkscrew fail” writ large in the Big Apple. I looked down at my left shoe. A single splatter. Not something to tip-down over.
The technology at our tables, it seems, isn’t so much changing as expanding. Corkscrews won’t be laid to rest anytime soon. Candles will be lit. Decanters will be filled. Glass will break, occasionally. But tablets and apps and Tweets are modifying our dining habits. We shop with CornerVine now. We post “pics” of our meals on Facebook. We might even go to Hy’s Steak Loft and make our wine selection on an iPad. And we’ll keep opening our most beloved bottles, whether by wing or worm or shoe.
A Sommelier’s Favourite Gadgets iPad Wine List – As seen at Hy’s Steak House, this is the ultimate in high-tech table-side service. Sort by grape, price, region, or category, with the added benefit to the Sommelier of real-time inventory, so you never show a wine that is out of stock. Wine Aerator – There are aerators in all shapes and sizes now, ranging from $10–$50. All are there to take time and effort out of decanting, so you can enjoy your wine faster. Isn’t this what the technological age is about? CornerVine – Just what you need to keep track of all the great wines you purchase at Banville & Jones! Rate, comment, and share your wines with your friends, all at http://banvilleandjones. cornervine.com Cellartracker.com – This site is definitely the most useful cellar tracking site we have come across. Look online at user reviews and community tasting notes, all while keeping track of the wines in your cellar.
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Pinot Noir: A variety of clones Clones in the viticultural sense are not GMOs (genetically modified organisms), products of genetic engineering with genes from unrelated species plugged into their DNA. Rather, grapevine clones represent a lineage of vines that can trace their ancestry back to a single mother plant. Each progeny grows from a cutting of a parent plant. “Vegetative” propagation in this manner perpetuates a consistency of vine growth behaviour and of flavour profile from generation to generation. Such consistency is totally lost by planting grape seeds, which contain the genes of two parents and result in offspring that differ wildly from their parents. Clones evolve naturally by small genetic mutations that give rise to traits a bit different from the parent, but not so different that the progeny is considered an entirely new variety. Because Pinot Noir is one of the oldest recognized grape varieties, it has endured centuries of little mutations to create an estimated 200 to 11,000 different clones (the number depends upon who is counting!). Clones differ in all sorts of ways, including shape and size of bunches, grape berry
Burgundy, the likely birthplace of Pinot Noir, has long embraced its fickleness. Centuries of selecting vines with desirable traits followed by local propagation created a patchwork of clones among the vineyards, a veritable treasure chest of clones. When the New World came looking for vinestock, they chose a few clones and added them to collections such as the one created at University of California at Davis. Growers in California and up the coast in Oregon chose from these collections, and a few individual clones soon dominated plantings. At first, the challenge of matching any Pinot Noir to new climates and soils was enormous, but in time and with experience, new regions produced good, if not great, wines. Sure, the better wines tasted like true Pinot Noir, but too often they lacked nuance and complexity. Some winemakers and wine lovers found them, well, boring. Could it be that the diversity of vines in Burgundian vineyards is important for wine complexity? As new clones of Pinot Noir became available, many growers diversified their vineyards and winemakers began to experiment. Sure enough, combinations of clones expanded the flavours, filled in deficiencies,
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Jessica Harnois Interview by Tina Jones A professional Sommelier with international experience and connections, Jessica Harnois is currently President of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS/ACSP). Jessica has collaborated with influential wine writer James Suckling, and is a regular contributor to various television shows and magazines. Tina Jones speaks with her about the love of wine, the Sommelier profession, and international Sommelier competitions. Tina Jones (TJ) You have been in the wine business for a long time, and I know that you have a lot of experience, so tell me how you started.
I recently started a company called Vin au Feminin (Women in Wine), with a bunch of women involved in the wine industry, like Véronique Rivest, Best Sommelier of the Americas. I also created a new wine game called Vegas Tasting. It’s a poker-style blind tasting game and should be available in your local stores for Christmas 2013.
Jessica Harnois (JH) I started tasting wine with a Sommelier every single weekend at age 7—not drinking, but tasting wine. By the time I was fourteen, I was TJ You have spent many years as a Sommelier, working initiated into the wine world. I loved tasting, smelling; I in the various roles that the job offers. It is often said that had so much fun with it. At fourteen, I started working in the Sommelier is the “final link in the chain from grape a restaurant. When I turned 18, I took a bartending class grower to consumer.” In your experience, what is that offered some Sommelier training. Because the the responsibility of the Sommelier? types of Sommelier courses we have now didn’t It’s the exist back then, I decided to go to university JH I think Sommeliers should master and study communication to be able to Sommelier’s three things. The first is psychology, to share my passion for wine. Now I’m an job to make your understand the needs of their clients, and expert in training—that’s what I do. their own needs. They should be very experience perfect, humble and be able to look for balance, After my degree, I did my Sommelier and find the match not just what they like. Second, they training and then I took off for a year and must be able to project a wine’s future did a tour of 25 countries. I sort of did my that makes you development in the bottle—that is a very own Masters of Wine. I ended up working shiver! special skill. And third, they should be able as a Sommelier for Tetsuya’s Restaurant in to deliver the ultimate experience for their Sydney, Australia, and then at Charlie Trotter’s, clients: they need to organize themselves to have a in Chicago. When I returned to Montreal, I got good wine cellar, be a smart buyer, and project well while involved with one of the biggest buyers in the world, Denis considering each customer’s budget. The “experience” Marsan, who ran the Societé des alcools de Québec (SAQ) you’ll have in a restaurant is the most important thing Signature Service. About 13,000 members got the SAQ a Sommelier can offer. It’s the Sommelier’s job to make magazine called Courrier Vinicole, which would give them your experience perfect, and find the match that makes access to private imports. I was a buyer for the Signature you shiver! Service for four years, and I was in charge of the SAQ wine cellar, which housed 75,000 bottles of collectible wines. I TJ Balancing all of those skills as a Sommelier is difficult. left SAQ when I got the opportunity to work with [wine Also, I think that most people don’t understand what is critic] James Suckling for a year. Then television came involved in running a restaurant’s wine cellar. knocking on my door, and now I’m in the media industry full time and president of the Canadian Association of JH A very good Sommelier is a very good buyer. Running Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). a cellar is like running a business. You should buy in three
different categories. First, you should have wines that are affordable. Second, you should manage your budget to always have wine aging in your cellar (it should gain in value through time). We have a tendency to drink wine too young, and the experience is not the same. The customer benefits if you have a good price list of older vintages that are ready to drink. So you need to be able to manage that turnover. Third, the wine list should not be the same all the time. It should be organic. It’s just like music—if a radio station always plays the same song, you’ll get tired of it. You’ve got to keep moving on. Do not be lazy, or too crazy. Balance is the key! TJ “By the glass” programs in restaurants are very difficult. Many think that they need to offer so many wines by the glass, but then they don’t take care of them at night and they don’t taste right the next day. Do you have any ideas about that? JH I support a big new thing coming up in Canada called VERSAY (wine on tap). It’s wine in a keg. It’s top of the line because the wine temperature is controlled and it’s sealed, so you never end up with an oxidized wine. Kegs also cost less than carrying individual bottles. I love drinking by the glass. Restaurants should have a super nice collection of wines by the glass that changes
constantly, and is preserved properly each night to protect each from oxidization. TJ Because of the Sommelier of the Year competition, Canada has been getting some buzz on the international wine scene. This year’s winner of Canadian Sommelier of the Year, Véronique Rivest, also did very well in the Best Sommelier of the Americas in Brazil! JH Yes, Véronique from Quebec and Will Predhomme from Ontario travelled to Brazil for the Best of the Americas competition, where Véronique took the title of Best Sommelier of the Americas. Canada has won the Americas twice in a row—the first winner was Élyse Lambert. In March 2013, Canada will be in Japan for the world competition, with Véronique representing all of the Americas and Will representing Canada. This is the most prestigious title, and it happens only every three years. One of the benefits of having an association like CAPS is that we can cultivate Sommeliers who have the potential to compete on the world stage. We have access to wine from all over the world and we are used to tasting thousands of wines every single year. I think Canada is exceptional on that level: we have access to good prices, good wines, and good chefs.
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TJ That is one of the best things about Canada: we have an international selection because we don’t just concentrate on one region or one area. For example, if you’re in France, you really only know French wines, and maybe a little bit about the rest of the world. But in Canada, we know about the entire world and that’s something really important to celebrate. JH This is why we are so good at competitions. Our palate is not only focused on specific wines, it’s open to every kind of taste. TJ As president of CAPS, can you tell us about its principles, and why are you so excited to be involved? JH When I started my Master Sommelier, I was working at Charlie Trotter’s, and the customers didn’t want to be served by me if I didn’t wear my Sommelier’s pin. When I came back to Canada, I realized how important it is to be part of an association, where everyone in the wine industry can get together to network. CAPS started 23 years ago, in 1989, and was focused mostly in Quebec. We have really just started moving it to the national level, which is what is so exciting. It is also important that the association be recognized by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI). We want to cultivate and promote the potential that
we have in Canada, through events like the Canadian Sommelier of the Year competition, but we are also looking at promoting CAPS at the international level. I just started as the new Vice President of Pan Americas for ASI. We will be very involved in eight wine-producing countries in the Americas. Our main focus will be to develop the U.S. markets next year. So Canada will be very involved from a Pan-American political point of view, promoting wine. TJ Congratulations! That’s very exciting! JH Thank you! Congratulations to you, Tina, and your great team at Banville & Jones! Because of your efforts, CAPS Manitoba is part of the national CAPS team. It’s very exciting to finish my year as president of CAPS by making it a national organization. When I am done my term, the presidency will rotate through the regional chapters, so it’s always going to be democratic and clean. The organization is very good for Canada, and very good for our wine industry. For more information on the Sommelier of the Year competition, see Sylvia Jansen’s Sidebar on page 63. For more information on how to get involved with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, visit the website at www.sommelierscanada.com.
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With an issue of The Cellar Door devoted to the international Pinot Noir, the usual confines of Test Kitchen were not enough. The editors instead chose to showcase the noble grape variety by issuing a food and wine pairing challenge. We assembled three teams and challenged them to find the perfect Pinot Noir pairing: a beautiful creation from a top chef, and a wine expertâ€™s Pinot Noir to match. Three judges volunteered their time and their palates for the competition.
The Judges Tina Jones Owner, Banville & Jones Wine Co. Gary Hewitt Sommelier Andrea Eby Sommelier
The Teams Chef Simon Resch (Terrace Restaurant) and Sylvia Jansen Chef Tristan Foucault (Peasant Cookery) and Jill Kwiatkoski Chef Fraser McLeod (529 Wellington) and Sarah Kenyon
The food and wine pairs* Team Resch/Jansen The Dish: Roasted butternut squash gnocchi with glazed cippolini onions, Sandiland forest mushrooms, Pinot Noir reduction, lightly smoked Oka foam, roasted carrots and a smooth puree of tarragon Wine Pairing: Domaine Arlaud 2010 Roncevie Burgundy ($33.99) Team Foucault/Kwiatkoski The Dish: Quail breast stuffed with quail sausage, potato, melted onion bacon hash, bing cherry, cranberry sauce, glazed chestnuts, and smoked marcona almond sauce Wine Pairing: Cristom 2009 Mt. Jefferson CuvĂŠe Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA ($39.99) Team McLeod/Kenyon The Dish: Oven-roasted Manitoba rack of lamb with Cabernet sauce and pan-fried potatoes * Detailed recipes for each of the dishes can be found at http://www.banvilleandjones.com/cellardoor.php
Wine Pairing: Bouchard Finlayson 2010 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir Walker Bay, South Africa ($65.99)
The Judgment The judges tasted and sipped their way through all three team combinations. Their deliberation resulted in not one winner, but three! Each dish was brilliantly created and beautifully presented. Each wine was the perfect companion to the dish it matched. In fact, only the Pinot Noir paired with each dish was a winner with that dish. Finally, the judges had to admit that the teams had done their jobs so well, that there was no single winner—there were three winners.
Team Resch/Jansen Roasted butternut squash gnocchi with glazed cippolini onions, Sandiland forest mushrooms, Pinot Noir reduction, lightly smoked Oka foam, roasted carrots and a smooth puree of tarragon, served with Domaine Arlaud 2010 Roncevie Burgundy. This is a great vintage year. Refined tannins make an attractive balance in this young wine that can be consumed right away—but try cellaring a couple of bottles to see how it develops. It has nice acidity and lively young fruit, floral notes, and a great finish. Though it carries some earthy tones, this wine represents the fruity character of Pinot Noir. Winning flavours: You might be inclined to pair a white with this dish, but this Pinot Noir is an amazing match in intensity, weight, and flavours for the gnocchi. The Oka foam has a lot of impact—it brings out a weightiness in the wine and brings out a creamy texture. The wine picks up the cinnamon and nutmeg in the dish, and the mushroom brings out the fruit in the wine.
Team Foucault/Kwiatkoski Quail breast stuffed with quail sausage, potato, melted onion bacon hash, bing cherry, cranberry sauce, glazed chestnuts, and smoked marcona almond sauce, served with Cristom 2009 Mt. Jefferson CuvĂŠe Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA. This is a bigger wine with more alcohol and a terrific, persistent, savoury finish. This tastes like it has had some more age in the barrel than the Galpin Peak. You can detect the herbaceous note that is characteristic of Cristom, and the earthiness really comes through in notes of mushroom, dried grass, and underbrush. This wine is a little wilder than the Roncevie, with the fruit coming through in dried cherry notes. Winning flavours: This pairing is a marriage made in heaven: the cranberry and bing cherry flavours in the sauce, along with the thyme, really echo the flavours of the wine. The dish is really characteristic of fall flavours, and plays off the earthy notes of the wine. The dish makes me want to smell the wine, which echoes back all the notes in the dish. The almond sauce brings out so many flavours in the wine: smokiness, underbrush, and exotic spices, like cardamom.
Team McLeod/Kenyon Oven-roasted Manitoba rack of lamb with Cabernet sauce and pan-fried potatoes with Bouchard Finlayson 2010 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir Walker Bay, South Africa This is a meatier Pinot Noir than the first two. It is a Pinot Noir for Napa Cabernet fans. The rich fruit is darker—black cherry and raspberry with a fresh citrus hit on the palate. The wine is tasting young, with its acidity currently standing out, and there is a distinct lushness about it—rather than dancing across the tongue, it pushes down and makes itself known. This wine is made for aging. Winning flavours: The wine doesn’t seem as big when paired with the dish because the weight and intensity of the wine are so perfect, they just balance each other out. The elements of the dish are also lovely with the wine: it brings out the caramelized quality of the potatoes, and the rosemary and Dijon really pop. This is such a classic pairing, and for good reason.
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tribute to a miracle This is a tribute to the miracle of gluggy wine under $15—in particular, a tribute to red gluggies. (Now, there are those who believe that I never taste wines under $15, but just between you and me, they are wrong.) Really good inexpensive wines in the under-$15 range are true miracles. To arrive on the Manitoba market at under $15, a wine must be produced with a ridiculously tight budget for the grower and the winemaker; it has to be shipped in heavy, breakable glass, using fuel and money to get here; it has to go through imports, taxes and levies; and it has to provide some, however modest, margin for the people handling it from start to finish. Face it: to make a great wine that sells in our market under $15 takes genius. There are two main requirements for great gluggy: 1. The wine must offer a nice balance, an easy drinkability, and a modest price tag. 2. The wine must reflect its place of origin with honesty. The first of these requirements is straightforward. Inexpensive wine does not need to be deep, complex, brooding or sexy: it just needs to be nicely quaffable and easy going, both in the glass and on the pocketbook. The second requirement—to reflect its place of origin honestly—is a bit more complex. I am not talking about romantic notions of an $11 wine magically transporting you back to your holiday in Napa. I am talking about the personality of place. A modestly priced wine from Spain, France, or Italy should not taste just like the modestly priced wine from the same varieties out of California, Australia, or Chile—and vice versa. It should have a good regionality. Grapes destined for great gluggy do not need to come from octogenarian vines, producing tiny bundles of
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The Holy Land Pinot Noir grew up in the bucolic corner of France, known as the Côte d’Or (Golden Slope). Here, it has produced some of the world’s most iconic wines. With archeological evidence suggesting that viticulture has been practiced in the area since the second century CE, Pinot Noir has had plenty of time to make itself at home. Since the responsibility for these historic vineyards passed into the control of the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, Pinot Noir has been perfecting its craft in the legendary vineyards. The Pinot Noirs of Burgundy are fabled for their sensual perfumes, earthy subtleties and silky tannins. For centuries, winemakers have chased after the perfect Pinot Noir, like Indiana
Jones after the Holy Grail. Many would claim that you haven’t really made wine until you’ve made a great Pinot Noir. As a result of winemaker passion and consumer desire, Pinot Noir has been forced to travel far from its homeland in Burgundy. Although Pinot Noir has now done its fair share of travelling, it remains a grape variety that is extremely picky about where it stays—no threestar accommodations for Pinot Noir. The thousands of years that the grape has spent adapting to the marginal climates of Burgundy and Champagne have had a definite effect. Unlike its friends Cabernet and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir thrives in more extreme areas—viticultural zones on the edge.
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One of the areas that has developed a reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noirs is Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In the early 1960s, winemakers were defecting from California because they strongly believed in Oregon’s potential to become a world-class wine region (against the advice of many experts). These rogue winemakers left California in search of cooler, more marginal vineyard sites. By 1979, Oregonian Pinot Noir was making headlines. In a grand tasting in Paris, Pinots from around the world were tasted alongside their more famous French counterparts. After placing in the top ten of the competition a rematch was held, wherein the Oregon Pinot Noir came in second, less than a point shy of the winning Chambole-Musigny from Burgundy. Since that historic tasting, the Oregon Pinot Noir industry has continued to develop and garner international acclaim. To describe a “typical” Oregon Pinot Noir would be difficult, as a range
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of styles exist, based on clonal selections, vineyard characteristics, and winemaking choices. They range from the bigger, bolder, more oak-influenced wines of iconic producer Domaine Serene to the more elegant, Burgundian-inspired wines of Cristom. Even the world’s most famous wine critic, Robert Parker Jr., has faith in Oregon’s potential, having invested in a winery there in 1986!
South of the Border Another location that Pinot Noir has chosen to set up camp is New Zealand. Once most famous for its pungent, tropical and tasty Sauvignon Blancs, New Zealand
The area of Bannockburn, whose landscape was forever altered by the mining of its alluvial goldfields in the 1860s, benefits from some of the area’s highest summer temperatures, and the lack of rainfall ensures that humidity is never a viticultural hazard. Wineries such as Mount Difficulty and Felton Road turn out world-class Pinot Noirs in this extreme environment. With a slightly more humid climate, Gibbston is also home to many renowned wineries. Producers such as Peregrine and Waitiri Creek take advantage of the longer growing season, which produces concentrated fruit and deeply coloured wines.
Otago, New Zealand has also been quietly making a name for itself in the production of world-class Pinot Noir. As the most widely planted red grape variety in New Zealand, Pinot Noir appears to have much potential. At 45° south of the equator, Central Otogo (the most renowned Pinot-producing region in New Zealand) qualifies as the most southerly wine-growing region in the world. Adding to the extremes is the fact that the vineyards of Central Otogo are also New Zealand’s highest, in terms of elevation. Pinot Noir also seems to enjoy the large diurnal temperature swings that Central Otogo is known for. The sizeable differences between day and nighttime temperatures are credited with contributing depth of colour and flavour intensity to the grapes. Life for Pinot Noir is not always easy in Central Otogo. The extreme landscape of the area means that frost is a constant threat and many viticulturists commonly adopt frost-prevention measures.
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Staycation Canada’s Niagara Peninsula also offers the passionate Pinot lover a multitude of world-class wines to enjoy. Although grapes have been produced in the area for over 200 years, it is only in the last 10 that many producers appear to have found their groove. It is becoming increasingly apparent that cool-climate grape varieties such as Pinot Noir may be the ticket to the development of a world-class fine wine region. Pinot Noir appears to particularly enjoy spending its time in the area surrounding the hamlet of Niagaraon-the-Lake. Here, diverse soils provide drainage and mineral content, and the constant influence of breezes off nearby Lake Ontario plays a vital role in frost prevention. Producers such as Tawse and Le Clos Jordanne have been wowing consumers and critics alike with their decidedly Burgundian-style offerings.
Burgundy (Beaune): Restaurant: Caves Madeleine à Beaune. Reservations are a must. Hotel: Les Jardins de Lois, a quaint B&B with its own vineyards Wines: Domaine Rollin 2009 PernandVergelesses AC, France $29.99; Domaine Henri Naudin-Ferrand 2009 Echézeaux Grand Cru AC, France $179.99 Willamette Valley:
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Restaurant: The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon. The wine list features a great selection of Oregon wines. Hotel: Allison Inn & Spa in Newburg, Oregon Wines: Argyle 2010 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, USA $35.99; Cristom 2009 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley, USA $62.99 Central Otago (nearest city: Queenstown): Restaurant: Vknow, a quaint little bistro, with a great selection of wines. Hotel: The Dairy in Queenstown
Perhaps one of the most alluring aspects of this area is that many of the region’s top bottlings remain reasonably priced and have yet to reach the cult status of many of their Burgundian cousins. While Burgundy may remain the home of Pinot Noir, this is a grape variety that has learned to travel. As the winemaker’s quest for the holy grail of Pinot Noir continues, consumers are the ultimate beneficiaries. Never before has there been such a selection of finely crafted Pinot Noirs available from around the globe. Whatever your tastes may be, there is a Pinot Noir out there made just for you, so grab your fedora and hit the trail. Happy travels.
Wines: Watch for a selection of Central Otago wines that will be hitting our shelves! Niagara-on-the-Lake: Restaurant: Ravine Winery Restaurant, local flavours with French flare. Hotel: Harbour House Hotel Wines: Tawse 2009 Grower’s Blend Pinot Noir Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada $35.99; Le Clos Jordanne 2007 Le Grand Clos Twenty Mile Bench Niagara Peninsula VQA, Canada $72.99
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Banville & Jones invites you to join us for Manitoba’s best wine and food pairing! Our talented Sommeliers work with Winnipeg’s most talented chefs to create the ultimate pairing experience. Cost: $79.99 per person Saturday, February 9: Wasabi Sabi Thursday, February 14: Amici Restaurant Thursday, February 28: Arkadash Bistro & Lounge Saturday, March 9: The Velvet Glove Friday, March 15: Elements Friday, April 12: Terrace in the Park Friday, April 26: All Seasons Friday, May 3: The Current at Inn at the Forks Thursday, May 23: Urban Prairie Sunday, June 2: Peasant Cookery Friday, June 28: Elements
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Store owner Tina Jones, chef Marisa Curatolo, and photographer Pauline Boldt have teamed up as “le tre” to bring together their three art forms in a memorable evening of education, laughter, friendship, and of course, amazing food and wine! Cost: $100.00 per person Thursday, May 30
Cooking Class Learn from the best! Banville & Jones Sommeliers team up with Winnipeg’s premier chefs to share recipes and wine pairings. Cost: $89.99 per person Wednesday, February 20: Pizzeria Gusto Wednesday, April 17: Cafe Savour Thursday, May 9: All Seasons Thursday, June 6: Amici Restaurant
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Taste the luxury when our Sommeliers open the doors to our specialities cabinets to explore some of Banville & Jones’s exclusive treasures. Cost: $99.00 per person
Finding the right words to describe flavours and aromas can be challenging, but extremely rewarding! This new series of events is fun, casual, and educational, as we learn to become better tasters of both food and wine. Treat your palate to an evening of sensational wines and specialty snacks! Cost: $44.99 per person
Friday, February 8: Seductive Reds Thursday, March 14: Sommeliers’ Picks Saturday, April 20: Bubbly & Dessert (In the Cave) Friday, May 24: Aussie Rules Saturday, June 15: Red, White, and... Blue? (In the Cave)
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From our own Banville & Jones Wine Basics programs, to the Wine & Spirits Education Trust® (WSET®) programs, to the Society of Wine Educators, to CAPS Professional Sommelier programs, we offer wine education for every interest level and skill. Whether you are a wine lover looking for a fun evening of learning, or a wine student seeking a professional career, Banville & Jones Wine Institute (BJWI) is your destination. For more information on any of our courses, go to www.banvilleandjones.com and click on “Taste and Learn.”
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Wine Specialist 100 (No prerequisite; acceptance on a first-come basis)
BJWI Professional Sommelier Program—CAPS Certified (Prerequisites: WS 200; or WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits; or ISG 2: acceptance based on individual applications)
WS 100 is an entry-level program for wine enthusiasts and for people interested in restaurant, hospitality, and wine trade vocations. Based on the world-renowned WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, the program also includes basic instruction in restaurant wine service. Topics include WSET® Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting; significant grape varieties; factors that influence wine styles; major wine regions; sparkling, sweet and fortified wines; spirits; food and wine matching; and basic wine service. WS 100 is the first of two prerequisites for the BJWI-CAPS Professional Sommelier Program. Duration: 2.5 hours, once a week for 8 weeks, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, plus a 1.5 hour exam on the 9th week. September 16, 2013 (Mondays) Cost: $600 plus GST
Wine Steward 200 (Prerequisites: WS 100; WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits or ISG 1; acceptance on a first-come basis) WS 200 is an advanced-level program for wine enthusiasts and for people interested in restaurant, hospitality, and wine trade vocations. Based on the world-renowned WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits, the program also includes intermediate instruction in restaurant wine service. WSET Level 3 builds on the topics of WSET® Level 2 to create a greater depth of knowledge and experience. WS 200 is the second of two prerequisites for the BJWI-CAPS Professional Sommelier Program. Duration: 2.5 hours, once a week for 18 weeks, 6:30 to 9:00 pm September 17, 2013 (Tuesdays) Cost: $1,200 plus GST
The PSP is an in-depth, rigorous and challenging program recognized by CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers), a nation member of ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale). The program covers knowledge and service of wine, spirits, beer, and other beverages; sensory theory and evaluation; food and wine interactions; the business of wine; and management of a restaurant wine program. The course includes 25 classes, one full-day per class, over 9 months; extra exam days; take-home projects, case studies, and examinations. In addition, students are required to arrange a 60-hour practicum under supervision in a restaurant-hospitality environment. Graduates receive a professional Sommelier designation recognized by CAPS and ASI. A PSP is currently in progress: the next PSP start date is TBA. Current cost: $3,250 plus GST
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This course is for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to know more. The two evenings focus on: tasting wines from major grape varieties, putting words to wine tastes, discovering how quality affects price, navigating restaurant wine lists, and the basics of food and wine. Classes run 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Tuscan Room of Banville & Jones. February 13 & 20 or April 3 & 10 or May 1 & 8 (all Wednesdays) Cost: $79.00, plus GST
An intermediate course that builds on the knowledge gained in Level 1. This course covers: why place matters: tasting through the worldâ€™s main wine regions; as well as sparkling, Champagne, Ports and fortified wines. Four nights of classes run 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Tuscan Room of Banville & Jones. February 27, March 6, 13, 29, 2013 (Wednesdays) Cost: $159.00, plus GST
Register for Basics courses by calling Banville & Jones at 204-948-WINE (9463) or inquire at email@example.com. Gift cards are available for all Banville & Jones Wine Institute courses.
Red River College Seminars Banville & Jones is partnering with Red River College to bring exciting wine seminars to their Continuing Education Programs. (Open to all) North South East West (RRC course #SEMR 1026) With a little knowledge of specific wine regions, you can predict the style of wines by knowing if the
grapes grew in a cool or warm climate and if they come from the Old World or New. Led by a Banville & Jones Certified Sommelier, this workshop tasting includes six wines and is designed to enhance your ability to select wine styles with ease. Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Cost: $59.00, plus GST Location: Paterson Global Foods Institute Advanced Food and Wine for Chefs and Wine Lovers (RRC course #SEMR 1024) In workshop format, this class will examine emerging approaches to food and wine harmony. Through tasting vital components and wine styles, participants will learn how key ingredients and food preparations create either beautiful harmonies or disastrous consequences for the dining experience. This course is designed for chefs; however it is also appropriate for anyone passionate about food and wine. Thursday, March 21 or Monday May 13 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Cost: $59.00, plus GST Location: Paterson Global Foods Institute
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Aperitif to Dessert for Wine Enthusiasts (RRC course #SEMR 1027) Stuck on a few familiar wines? Led by your Banville & Jones Certified Sommelier, learn tips for designing fabulous menus, based on great wine choices for each course, and how to relate one course to the next. Taste a broad range of wine styles (six wines are included in this tasting) and discover how you can wow your guests throughout the meal. Saturday, May 4, 2013 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Cost: $59.00, plus GST Location: Paterson Global Foods Institute
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William Predhomme and Véronique Rivest at the “Best Sommelier of the Americas” in Buenos Aires. Photo by Martin Ayotte,CAPS/ACSP Quebec
Canada’s Best Sommelier, 2012 The video cameras streaming online operated in silence. Cameras clicked and photographers snuck around quietly to get a better shot. The faces of seven judges stared. The fifty or so guests in the room sat on the edges of their seats. Lapel microphones projected the voices of participants throughout the room; otherwise, only the tinkle of glassware and the movement of the Sommelier cut through the strained silence. It was the final competition round of the 2012 Inniskillin Best Sommelier of Canada Competition. Three people were in the final round. They had already undergone written, service, and blind tasting exams to get here. One by one, the finalists came out to the competition stage. Over the course of an hour, the Sommeliers served tables in a mock restaurant setting, opened Champagne, decanted red wine, offered expert advice in response to impossible questions, then corrected a wine list on the spot, poured a small bottle of wine evenly into ten glasses without doubling back, and did an oral blind tasting of a set of wines and spirits, all in front of an audience, with a skinny time allotment for each task. Did I also mention that every competitor had to do the whole exercise in his or her second language? Somewhere near the beginning of the first competitor’s tasks, I thought to myself, how crazy is this? Any minute one of those mock guests is going to ask her to give them the total vineyard acreage in Slovenia for the year 2012. Then one of the mock guests asked for four separate wines for their table, to match four different dishes, with each wine from a different country, and each from a country that has hosted the International Sommelier of
the Year competition. I thought at that moment I might faint. But these brave people actually had good answers. Fainting was not really an option. The Sommelier competition rewards great service, and showcases dedication, professionalism, and high standards in the Sommelier profession. The competition did just that: the top Sommelier was someone who knew her stuff, who recovered nicely from wrinkles in arrangements, who dealt with impossible guests with incredible grace and good humour, and who had the skill to make it clear she was working to help everyone have a good time. The winner was Véronique Rivest from Quebec. Along with second place, William Predhomme from Toronto, Véronique earned the right to go to Brazil in October for the Best Sommelier of the Americas competition, where she also won top honours. Véronique will represent the Americas at the World Competition next year in Japan; William will represent Canada. Some mock guest out there is waiting to ask a question about vineyard acreage in Slovenia. It is all fair game, really: the Sommelier’s job is to be the library you get to open because a question occurs to you off the top of your head; to know, inside and out, the wine and beverages that will help make your particular meal memorable, and to be gracious under pressure. So the next time you encounter a Sommelier who offers to help, take them up on it. Ask a question about that little village in France you visited last year. Ask the Sommelier to help select a nice wine within your budget. Your Sommelier will be up to the task, because we know Véronique has set the bar high. So here’s to you, with grace and good humour.
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$14.99........................................................................................................ 46 Francesca Callegaro nv Fior D’Arancio Colli Euganei, Italy $18.99........................................................................................... 13 Cristom 2009 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA $34.99............................................................. 43 Cristom 2009 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA $62.99....................................... 51 Domaine Arlaud 2010 Roncevie Burgundy $33.99.................................................................................................................... 42 Domaine Henri Naudin-Ferrand 2009 Echézeaux Grand Cru AC, France $179.99................................................................... 51 Domaine Rollin 2009 Pernand-Vergelesses AC, France 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For a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, make the wine special! PloyezJacquemart is a small Champagne house with a big reputation for brilliant Champagnes. The Brut is a beautiful balance of fruit, brioche, and lemon zest notes, with zippy acidity and minerality, and a long, lovely finish.
This Bolgheri Rosso is a vibrant, fruit-forward blend of Italian and French varietals with bright red currant and blackberry aromas. It has a fresh, lingering acidity, perfect for the dinner table. Enjoy it with some roasted pepper linguini or Moroccan chicken.
Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Argentina’s favourite grape, Malbec, to make a wine that offers the best of both worlds. Typical of the modernstyle blend made famous from this region, the wine is luscious with intense jammy red and black fruit flavours. It is medium bodied with beautiful, surprisingly soft tannins and notes of spice on the finish.
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Provenza 2010 Tenuta Maiolo Rosso Lugana DOC, Italy $21.99
Donnafugata 2011 Kabir Sicily, Italy $20.99
From vineyards hugging the shores of beautiful Lake Garda, comes this unique wine, a blend of Sangiovese, Barbera, Groppello, and Marzemino. These indigenous Italian varieties each contribute something special to make a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. This gem is full of leather, spice, and everything nice. Medium bodied with layers of complexity, the Tenuta Maiolo is smooth, with plenty of fruit and a pleasant, earthy allure.
This heavenly half-bottle of Zibbibo (aka, Moscato) from the tiny Sicilian island of Pantelleria boasts big aromas and flavours of orange zest, rose, honeydew, and pineapple. Refreshing acidity and a relatively low alcohol content (11.5%) make this medium-sweet treat very versatile, able to be paired not only with desserts, but also alongside a cheese and charcuterie platter. If you get the opportunity, also try its big brother Ben Ryé ($40.99)!
Blackbird Vineyards is a rising star on the boutique winery scene in Napa. The 2009 vintage of their Proprietary Red is a stunning homage to classic Bordeaux blends. Made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, the wine offers up a lush richness of ripe, dark fruit, and supple tannins. It is an elegant, complex wine sure to leave you with the desire to keep a few in the cellar. Drink now or cellar for up to 8 years.
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The Cellar Door: Issue 14. Pinot Noir. February 2013 - May 2013