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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Event: annual dinner of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

The Date and Time: Monday January 29, 2018   6:15 - 10PM
The Event: annual dinner of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
The Venue: Mad Crush Wine Bar, College Street
The Target Audience: members of the WWCC and their guests, all set to try out the new Mad Crush (Jamieson Kerr's new spin on his former Crush Wine Bar). We are grateful for their setup, service, and no charge for corkage!
The Wines: 14 different wines were on show
Reception wines:  13th Street bubbly VQA
                  Creekside 2016 Sauvignon Blanc bubbly VQA
                  Colio Lily Rose VQA Ontario bubbly
Dinner wines from members:
    –- Alkoomi 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Frankland River, Western Australia
    -- Domaine de Bachellery 2007 Pays D'Oc  Grenache fut de chene
    -- Fabre Montmayou 2013 Gran Riserva Malbec
    –- Chateau Marquis D'Alesme Grand Cru Classe, AC Margaux 2005.
    -- 2016 Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay
    -- 2012 Legends Estates Petit Verdot.
    -– Quinta da Jardinete  Merlot/Aragonez  2010 Azores (Portugal;  not                   available in Canada)
    -- Fresh Sparkling Rose  Gamay/Riesling   VQA  Ontario   (April)                                         --  -- Novas Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere  Chile    LCBO #434662
    -- Magnotta Blanc de Blancs Sparkling VQA ( Winery and Magnotta Stores)
    -- 1987 Inniskillin Heuriger Nouveau (made by Karl Kaiser).
The Food: we began with a series of hors d'oeuvre which went perfectly well with the sparklers. And then we continued with a choice of apps, mains and dessert. I had the sweetbreads and the lamb and the cheese, and samples of all the wines.
Hors d'oeuvre
Truffled Pecorino Potatoes
Roast Cauliflower Cakes & Pomegranate
Fried Salt Cod & Green Peppercorns
Winter Parsley Root Puree
Maple-Aleppo Glaze Crispy Sweetbreads  [not too sweet]
Harrissa Spiced Raw Kale Salad
Bourguignon Canadian Beef Port Steak
With Confit Garlic Pomme Purée
Pappardelle & Wild Mushrooms
With Grey Owl & Roast Walnuts
Slow Charcoal Roast Leg of Canadian Lamb
With Aubergine & Chevre Melktert
Apple Tarte Tatin & Ice Cream
Cheese & Biscuits 
The Downside: the night of a big snow storm that eventually petered out.
The Upside: a chance to break bread with wine-writing colleagues and with nobody from the trade around.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 93.

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