Posted by: wineboffin | March 24, 2006

Wineboffin Returns

Sorry for the lack of posts these past 3 weeks.  I’d like to say it was because I was travelling the world visiting various wine regions but sadly, it wasn’t.  My PC at home decided it was a good time to fry the power supply.  At the same time I lost my internet connection as well for a week.  My PC’s at home have now been upgraded with a fresh power supply and 2x300GB drives so I’m ready to sit down with a nice glass of Pinot ant start blogging again.  I have some older articles to get up and lots of fresh news and content to post.


Posted by: wineboffin | March 4, 2006

The Envelope, please…

I am about to head down to Niagara-on-the-Lake for Cuvée Weekend 2006. Cuvée is best described as the wine Oscars for Ontario wines. The weekend consists of Cuvée en Route where the 35 participating wineries will hold specially themed tastings throughout wine region over the course of the weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Cuvée Gala where some fifty Ontario wineries will pour over 170 of their finest wines. Some of these wines have been submitted for the Cuvée Awards which will be announce and presented at the Gala.

You can expect a full runndown of the weekens activities as well as a list of the award winners. Best part is I’ll be home in time to watch Jon Stewart host the Oscars with some award winning wines in hand.

Posted by: wineboffin | February 20, 2006


American OakMy favourite photoblog, Daily Dose of Imagery has a great photograph of a wine barrel under ice. According to the label, it was produced by Canton Cooperage out of Lebanon, Kentucky and is a standard 225 litre Bordeaux barrel of American Oak with medium toast.

Posted by: wineboffin | February 15, 2006

A Wine Lover’s Valentine

If you’re a wine lover like I amRiedel and you can’t spend Valentine’s Day with your ‘other’ love.Here’s what you do:

– un-cork a Vineland Estates Winery 2001 Reserve Pinot Noir

– pour into a Riedel Vinum Extreme Pinot Noir stem

– pair it with some Wine Lover’s Chocolate – Pinot Noir Formulation

– watch Sideways on DVD whilst quoting lines.

It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the things you love and it tastes so fucking good!

Posted by: wineboffin | February 10, 2006

24 Hour Party People

So what happens in Britain when the government allows 24 hour drinking? Crime goes down and fewer people get  hurt of course.

Posted by: wineboffin | January 31, 2006

Sperling goes South(brook)

Southbrook Winery, Toronto’s closest winery has announced that they have landed the Ontario Wine Awards‘ 2004 Winemaker of the Year, Ann Sperling as their new winemaker. Sperling is best know for her Malivoire Ladybug Rosé and was the first winemaker at Cilento Wines. Colio’s current winemaker Carlo Negri was the 2005 Ontario Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year.

News Release

Southbrook Winery Announces New Winemaker
Ontario’s 2004 Winemaker of the Year Ann Sperling
A Sterling New Addition to Southbrook’s Team

Southbrook Winery announces the appointment of Ann Sperling as Managing Winemaker, effective January 1, 2006. An esteemed Canadian wine professional, Ann will assume the lead in the production and management of Southbrook’s extensive line-up of top tier, handcrafted VQA wines. She joins Southbrook’s assistant winemaker, Steve Byfield.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have secured such an exceptional and talented winemaking professional,” says Bill Redelmeier, proprietor of Southbrook Winery. “Ann has the right combination of skill, experience and instinct to lead us on our continued pursuit of winemaking excellence.”

As the Ontario Wine Awards’ 2004 Winemaker of the Year, Ann is a well-known and respected winemaking authority in Ontario and throughout the country. She practices her craft with the philosophy that fine wine is grown – not manufactured – and that the winemaker’s task is to steward the wine from vineyard to bottle to most accurately capture the expression of the origin of the grapes and the vintage.

Southbrook Winery will make announcements in the coming weeks and months regarding new developments that will work towards further establishing Southbrook’s position as a leading producer of handcrafted, VQA wines. Ann will play a lead role in these developments.

“I believe a gentle touch and minimal intervention make for wine of the utmost character and distinction,” says Ann. “I am honoured to join with Bill Redelmeier to lead Southbrook’s quest to set increasingly higher standards for Ontario wines.”

Ann boasts nearly two decades of hands-on winemaking experience and successfully directing winery start-ups. Most recently, Ann held the position of Managing Winemaker for The Malivoire Wine Company in Beamsville. Early in her career, she held the position of Winemaker at CedarCreek Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, prior to commencing a consulting business that has worked with numerous top flight Ontario wineries, and as far a field as South Africa.

Bill Redelmeier

Posted by: wineboffin | January 27, 2006

Anything to Declare?

December 2005 for me, were days of wine and roses. I was fortunate enough to spend 5 weeks in Perth and Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. This of course, made mandatory trips to Margaret River and The Hunter Valley.

I’ll be getting into more detail about the wines, wineries and people i met in the respective wine regions but until then I wanted to list what the good people at Canada Border Services Agency (Canada Customs) allowed me to bring back into the country.

I’m looking forward to digging into these over the next year or so. Some I may hold onto a bit long but it’ll be tough to resist.

Hunter Valley

Margaret River

New Zealand

Posted by: wineboffin | January 21, 2006

Yet Another Quebec Scandal

This time the Liberal Party have nothing to do with this one (at least not yet anyway). The Quebec liquor board know as the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) has launched an internal investigation based on allegations of price-fixing with European suppliers.

Posted by: wineboffin | January 17, 2006

Like they need another excuse to drink

Not that this would have helped me much with my wine purchases in Margaret River or Hunter Valley but Decanter is reporting that Australian wine will get cheaper. Much of what I brought back (I’ll be posting the list here soon) cost more than $15-$20 AUD/bottle that will be seeing price reductions. My Aussie friends will certainly be taking advantge of it though.

Posted by: wineboffin | January 13, 2006

20 Questions

Not where I’d usually go looking for wine news but eWeek has an article on a kiosk that will play 20 questions with you in order to help you select a wine based on your taste buds. By asking a series of ‘taste’ questions about your preference for such things as sweeteners and coffee the kiosk spits out recommendations based on your answers and price point complete with Wine Enthusiast Magazine recommendations.

Its targeted at retailers whos primary business is not wine so don’t expect it to show up at Loblaws, Costco or Wal-Mart because we all know that in Ontario you can’t get wine ANYWHERE accept the good ole LCBO.

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