-Ravine Vineyard Estate Merlot Reserve 2007, $55 (90%M/10%CS) the finest red wine of the tasting, very Euro. Ravine also makes a Reserve Red (a super Bordeaux).
-Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Sparkling 2004 (57%PN/22%C/15%Vidal/6%L'Acadie), to be released in 2011. 225 cases. One of the finest MC sparklers ever made in Canada. We also tasted an Experimental Brut from 2003, a Chardonnay Blend from 2002, and a Blanc de Noirs from 2002. All were excellent, but all were not to be available.
-BenjaminBridge Marechal Foch 2004, $25 in September 2009? From Anne Sperling's recipe.
-Benjamin Bridge Sauvignon Blanc 2005, was a pur laine style from the Loire. Not available, unfortunately.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Gewurztraminer 2007, $22
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Meritage 2007, $24
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc 2006, $34
-Benjamin Bridge Marechal Foch 2005, for Sept 2010 release.
-Benjamin Bridge Marechal Foch Reserve 2006, for Sept 2011 release.
-Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2007 Sparkling Muscat [muscats, perle of csaba, et al], $23, a moscato d'asti type wine, now sold out at $23 in Nova Scotia.
The Food: only water.
The Downside: we were also skedded to taste some 38 Nova Scotia wines with Larry Patterson, but we ran out of time. That tasting will now occur in October.
The Upside: Peter Gamble is a very easy guy to question, no PR bluff here.