Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 11 – March 28, 2016, my good buddy George asks “Do I like this wine?”

I have a friend of the family who has been near and dear to us for the last 38 years. His name is George, he is British and of modest means, but he sure loves his wine, and scotch, and port, and brandy, and madeira, and pretty much anything alcoholic. George moved to Ottawa a few years ago and so we do not get together with any frequency like we used to in years gone by. For the last 30 years I was a long standing member of The Opimian Society of Canada, which is a wine appreciation society and wine purchasing co-op. Through the society we would purchase private label wines and for several years much of my wine consumption was purchased through The Opimian Society. It naturally progressed to the point where I was purchasing wine through my membership not just for myself but for friends and...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 10 – March 21, 2016 – Tasting a fabulous vintage Madeira, the Cossart Gordon Malmsey 1920 Vintage Madeira

If you consider yourself to be a wine collector or wine connoisseur your tasting experience and wine collection are incomplete unless you have experienced and/or own vintage Madeira wines. At their best they are extremely old, extremely rare, and extremely good. In North America you will not find vintage Madeira wines readily available, in fact you will be lucky to find them in your local liquor store or wine shop at all. If you ask your local wine retailer for any Madeira wine you might be directed to either a 5 or 10 year old Madeira NON VINTAGE wine which is usually a golden amber color, and can be anything from a bone dry Sercial to a quite sweet Malmsey. Madeira wines come from the island of Madeira, which lies about 200 miles west of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira is a colony belonging to Portugal. The island...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post #9, March 14, 2016 – Valentine’s Day with a 1986 Chateau Leoville Las Cases

On Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14, 2016 we celebrated with the family the arrival of our grandson earlier that week. We were eight adults and two children sitting down to a lovely roast beef dinner, so I decided it was time to try a bottle of the 1986 Chateau Leoville Las Cases. The 1986 Chateau Leoville Las Cases has always had a terrific reputation as one of their best vintages, one of their most tannic wines and made in the old style of being extremely tight and closed until the day finally comes when it opens up to reveal the magic within. Since the wine was now 30 years old I figured it should be time to give one a try, by now it should be showing well. I opened the bottle two hours before dinner, and decanted it a good half hour before dinner. The nose from the...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 8, March 7, 2016 – Every Young Man’s Dream, my tasting at Weingut Reichstrat Von Buhl, Deidesheim, Germany.

In September 1986 several family members and I were lucky enough to travel to France on a wine tasting tour specifically organized by us for us. We had already toured Bordeaux, Cahors and the Alsace regions and we had left one day open in Strasburg before returning to Paris and then London. My wife and I, along with my younger brother and his girlfriend decided it would be nice to do a day trip into Germany, so off we went north east from Strasburg and eventually ended up in the town of Deidesheim, about 100 kilometers away. On arrival in Deidesheim my brother and his girlfriend went off shopping in one direction, my wife and I went the opposite direction until she found a shoe shop that sold baby shoes. Not wanting to sit around while she spent endless time looking for shoes, we agreed to meet up two...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 7 February 23, 2016, a recent red wine tasting party, 14 wines reviewed.

On Saturday January 23rd, I attended a red wine tasting of 14 wines from various regions, all commonly available in Quebec liquor stores, priced between $18 and $30 CDN. We were 14 people attending a birthday party celebration, and everyone brought with them an assigned bottle. The idea was that everyone would have a chance to taste and evaluate 14 different wines, and hopefully find 3 or 4 new wines they would enjoy enough to want to buy again. We tasted in order three Cote Du Rhone wines, followed by one wine from Cahors, three wines from Bordeaux, two from California, two Spanish wines, one Australian, one from Argentina, and one Port. All the wines were quite good, but two did not show well, one because it was too young (the Vacqueyras), and the other  because it was poorly positioned in the tasting after a much fruitier wine (the...

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