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Thursday, July 2, 2009
TASTING: Canada Day BBQ and Porker Numbers
The Time and Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009,
The Event: evaluating BBQ VQA wines with pork ribs, and establishing Porker numbers. Best to do on Canada Day.
The Venue: Gothic Epicures World Corporate HQ
The Target Audience: Michael Pinkus and myself, Dean Tudor.
The Availability/Catalogue: all Ontario wines were available from the winery.
The Quote/Background: we were attempting to set up a series of numbers, based on Robert Parker, that would relate to how a wine matched up with pork. They are to be known as Porker numbers, and could be expressed in oinks.
The Wines: each wine was cross-referenced with some BBQ pork.
**** Four Oinks (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alvento Sondra Merlot Cabernet Franc 2006, 12.5%: a 90/10 blend with a great finish, 18 months in French barrels.
***1/2 Three and a Half Oinks (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cave Spring Pinot Noir 2007, 12.5%: better Euro nose, classic style.
-EastDell Pinot Noir 2007, 12.5% ABV: a bit tart in the finish, better with food.
-Reif Estate Pinot Noir 2007, 12%: woody, some softness and berries, best quaffer.
-Strewn Terroir 2007 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Amalgam 2007, 13.6%: oaky with French and US barrels, fullish.
-Strewn Terroir Strewn Vineyard French Oak Chardonnay 2007, 14.6%: burning finish, but otherwise OK with BBQ.
*** Three Oinks (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Hillier Pinot Noir 2004 Closson Road, not VQA but Ontario, 12.5% ABV: light in style
-Dan Aykroyd Pinot Noir 2007, $12% ABV: good MVC, basic
-Alvento Emilie Cabernet Franc Merlot 2006, 12.5%: perhaps a 90/10 blend? Sondra was definitely better.
-Pillitteri Chardonnay Sur Lie 2007, 12.5%: much fruit, no wood, suffered from BBQ flavours.
The Food: I made some BBQ baby back ribs AND some BBQ side ribs. Taste wise, I think the sides won, although Pinkus decided that he preferred backs. We also referenced a Rosenblum Zinfandel 2005 and a TerraPater Zinfandel Shiraz 2001 from Chile. Ontario won.
The Downside: not enough wine, and not enough pork just kidding.
The Upside: a good chance to get serious about a variety of wines.
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 100.