Monday, July 23, 2012

July 21st 2012, Wild Chardonnays at Rosewood

The candid photos and brief timeline below try to capture the casual atmosphere of Wild for Chardonnay at Rosewood Estates. This was just one of many events but the only one I attended with friends on Saturday, July 21st as part of #i4c2012 in Niagara, Ontario.  

Advertised as "The 'WILD for Chardonnay': An Exclusive Luncheon at Rosewood Estates Winery" the tasting experience began at 11am with vineyard tours, a wine fair, then a 4 course luncheon featuring many Chardonnays.  Chef Michael Pasto of Good Earth Winery designed the tasting menu to pair with the exclusive lineup of Chardonnays.

On the way to a gourmet 4 course Lunch

Eugene Roman starts the Luncheon


Setting up Tasting 'stations'

More 'stations'

@TheSpitter sets the venue

Winemakers' row

Go for the Glasses

Passed the Tanks

Table Talk

Jean Francois Bourdy Hosts our Table

A Good Time for All

The weather cooled for this visit and the shade of the pavilion included a welcoming breeze. To add, a pouring of Blue Mountain Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine was a refreshing start.  Renown editor, taster and writer Anthony Gismondi expanded on the term 'WILD' then introduced the winemakers representing the wines to be featured. He then guided each winemaker through a short Q&A on the differences to be looked for in their wines.

We, the guests, were given time to blind taste wines #1 through #9 set out on barrels and small tables around the pavilion. Each guest was given a score card on which the country of origin and a YES or NO, whether a clone was used in the fermentation or if the grapes were left to their devices, ie. a WILD (indigenous) yeast either cultured or allowed to start fermentation 'naturally'.

There was a crowd of about 70 paying guests and we had the opportunity to mingle with the winemakers: Norm Hardie of Prince Edward County, Sebastien Jacquey of Le Clos Jordanne, Matt Mavety of Blue Mountain Vineyards, Jean Francois Bourdy of Jura, France, Natalie Spytkowsky (image 3 of 8) of Rosewood Estates, Fintan du Fresne of Chamisal California , Shauna White(?) of Ravine Vineyards , Bryan Croft of Oregon, Cristina Cifuentes (Export Manager) of Chile. 
Then on to the 4 course luncheon served in the winery ... and more chardonnays. Evidently the LCBO had a retail centre nearby so guests could purchase many of the wines. For a link to chardonnays listed, not necessarily available, at the LCBO click here

We thank everyone that made this event such a success... We had a great time!!!  Ww
WINES PRESENTED DURING THE EVENT (Check for availability here):

  • Blue Mountain Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine 2006 VQA Okanagan Valley,  British Columbia -  #238196  $35.00
  • Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2008 VQA Twenty Mile Bench,  Niagara - #056929 $40.00
  • Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay 2009 VQA Twenty Mile Bench,  Niagara - #033936 $30.00
  • Norman Hardie County Chardonnay 2010 VQA Prince Edward County, PEC - #149054 #149054 $35.00
  • Norman Hardie Cuvee L Unfiltered Chardonnay 2008 VQA Prince Edward County,  PEC - #184432 $49.00
  • Blue Mountain Stripe Label Reserve Chardonnay 2009 VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia - #287946 $26.00
  • Chamisal Unoaked Stainless Chardonnay 2011,  California - #289322 $25.9
  • Chamisal Califa Unoaked Stainless Chardonnay 2011,  California - #289330 $49.00
  • Caves Jean Bourdy Cotes de Jura White 2007,  France - #286427 $24.95
  • Caves Jean Bourdy Cotes de Jura White 2006,  France - #286427 $29.00
  • Rosewood Estates Reserve Chardonnay 2010 VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara - #266676 $28.00
  • Ravine Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 VQA,  Niagara - #173337 $24.00
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2010 VQA, Niagara - #306902 $40.00
  • Firesteed Cellars Citation W3 (Walla Walla and Willamette) Chardonnay 2008,  Oregon - #287896 $36.00
  • Firesteed Cellars Citation W3 (Walla Walla and Willamette) Chardonnay 2009,  Oregon - #287904 $36.00
  • Vina Haras de Pirque Equus Chardonnay 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile  - #287557 $13.00

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