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Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc

Continuing on my post on “Bordeaux under $30”, here is the second one in a series of fine values I discovered. 2008 Mouton Caudet Blanc This Bordeaux blend is 50% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadet. Exhibiting bright pale lemon colour with glints of green and gold highlights. The nose is medium-plus in intensity […]

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Bordeaux under $30 – 2008 Premius Sauvignon Blanc

Continuing on my post on “Bordeaux under $30”, here is the first one in a series of fine values I discovered. 2008 Premius Sauvignon Blanc This Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from a “young” appellation known as Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan, has a brilliant pale yellow color with hints of green. This is an expressive […]

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Bordeaux under $30

That was the theme of the recent “Bordeaux Under One Roof” road show by the Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) held in Toronto Oct. 28, 2009. This trade event intended to provide a taste of the diversity and affordability of Bordeaux wines under $30. I attended this tasting for that very reason, i.e. in order to […]

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009

The Auxiliary to RVAP Health Centre is having a wine tasting fundraiser Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ajax Seniors Friendship Club. 46 Exeter Road, Ajax, Ontario. Join me as I lead this fun afternoon of tasting a selection of 6 delicious wines including a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, […]

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Cedar Planked Salmon with Chardonnay

Continuing the theme of summer BBQ’s and grilling, one of my favorites, with a perennial WOW! factor on my friends and guests, is a braided, cedar planked salmon (Get the fully documented recipe from my ZenGourmand.com site). I usually serve this with rice (50% long grain and 50% Manomin, i.e. Canadian wild rice) and seasonal […]

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BBQ and Champagne

Now that the grilling season is well under way, your BBQ has been cleaned, tested and readied for some serious outdoor cooking, your favorite recipes updated for the current trends, tested on family and proven worthy of company, it’s time to invite the gang and have them over for a fun evening of mouthwatering food, […]

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The Burgundy tasting at the St. Andrew’s Club, Toronto – March 17, 2009

Some forty-two Burgundy producers were showing off their wines on St. Patricks Day at the St. Andrew’s Club, Toronto. I’m still going through my notes but let it be said that one wine that definitely did it for me was the 2006 Mazoyères Chambertin by Domaine Taupenot-Merme. Hefty dark fruit, sour cherry, kirsch and leather […]

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Cheese Fondue – Traditional Swiss Style

The Zen Gourmand series of cooking demonstrations and tutored tastings continued on Saturday January 12th with an authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and a tasting of three appropriate whites. Traditional convention pairs cheese fondue with wines such as Fendant, Riesling, Veltliner, Gewürtz and Pinot Gris. I chose a Peller Estates Signature Series Pinot Gris 2006 1), […]

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Linzer Torte & Champagne

Saturday Nov. 17th saw another successful evening of cooking demonstrations and a tutored tasting of sparkling wines with the Zen Gourmand. The evening started out with the wine tasting. The three sparkling wines tasted were the Peller Estates Cuvée Niagara Brut 1), Trius Brut VQA 2) and the Peller Estates Signature Series Ice Cuvée VQA […]

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Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz – 2004

Last weekend I opened a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz – 2004 to accompany a few racks of barbecued ribs. I found this Shiraz to be quite a suitable match. The official notes on this wine (as per Jacob’s Creek) are: Bouquet: “The wine shows concentrated juicy cherry and blackberry fruit, with fragrant spice […]

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