The Date and Time: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 6:30 PM
The Event: Cheap and Cheerful dinner function for Wine Writers' Circle of Canada members.
The Venue: Allen's
The Target Audience: WWCC members
The Availability/Catalogue: eight members contributed rare wines for the dinner.
The Quote/Background: every year the WWCC puts on a "cheap and cheerful" dinner for its members – an exclusive gathering for talk and chatter, letting down our hair, etc.
WWCC Cheap and Cheerful dinner at Allen's, June 23, 2015
Wines served, brought by attendees, with my rating in parentheses:
-13th Street Gamay/Pinot Noir 2013 VQA (90)
-Irsai Oliver 2014 [muscat] Hungarian (89)
-Laurenz V. Friendly Gruner Veltliner 2012 Kampal (89)
-Plaimont Le Faite Cotes de Saint Mont 2001 Madiran (94)
-Kuhlmann Platz Cremant de Rose NV Alsace [pinot noir] (94)
-Argyros Santorini 2014 Assyrtiko Greece (90)
-Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2012 Australia (89)
-Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 (92)
-Daniel Lenko Old Vines Merlot 2003 VQA (95)
Veuve Clicquot RICH NV [Doux level, for cocktails] opened the proceedings at the bar. It is a new offering, +424341, $82.20, expressly for making cocktails. The basic suggested cocktail was a large wine glass, with ice cubes, and one ingredient added (grapefruit, pineapple, tea, pepper, celery, cucumber – just one of them), finished with a pour of chilled RICH. It was a terrific start to the evening (I had the pineapple). Dee-licious, rated at 90.
The Food: Allen's prepared a special menu with lots of choices, but we all seemed to have had the calamari with fire sauce and then either the pan-seared wild halibut or the ginger-grilled striploin (although one member had the pollo tonnato). Our thanks to John Maxwell (owner of Allen's) and to WWCC member Sheila Swerling-Puritt who put together the evening!!!
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 93.