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Monday, May 12, 2008

Peninsula Ridge tasting, April 29, 2008

The Time and Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2008  6PM to 8 PM
The Event: Peninsula Ridge new releases
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: wine media, private customers.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, mostly through the
winery, but some are also at the LCBO
The Quote: "Fabulous cheeses that pair well with the wines. First rate
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2007 $14.75 LCBO (better than 2006)
-Peninsula Ridge Riesling 2007 $15.95  400 cases
-Peninsula Ridge Fume Blanc 2006 $26.95
-Peninsula Ridge Reserve Chardonnay 2004 Beal Vineyards $24.95
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc AJ Lepp Vineyards 2007 $18.95
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2002 $39.95 OWA Gold
-Peninsula Ridge Arcanum 2002 $39.95 Bordeaux blend with syrah.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2006 $14.75 LCBO
-Peninsula Ridge Gewurztraminer 2007 $22  100 cases
-Peninsula Ridge Reserve Inox Chardonnay 2006 Dubois Vineyards $19.95
-Peninsula Ridge Reserve Viognier 2006 $39.95
-Peninsula Ridge Syrah Reserve 2006 $29.95
-Peninsula Ridge Vintner's Private Reserve Merlot 2002 $99.95
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Franc Reserve 2002 $39.95
-Peninsula Ridge Merlot Reserve 2002 $39.95 Cuvee 2006 Best Merlot
The Food: cheeses from their onsite store – Chevre Noir (PQ goat's
milk, very firm, worth every penny of $80 a kilo), Sainte Maure (PQ
unpasteurized goat), and La Sauvagine (PQ champ of the 2006 Canadian
Cheese Grand Prix). There were notes on what wines to try with what
The Downside: you really cannot taste wines and cheeses together
without swallowing, and given the great choices of wines available, I
had to. No hardship, since I travel by public transit.
The Upside: a chance to chat with owners and JP Colas the winemaker.
The Contact Person:
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 92.


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