Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The Event: Advanced Shiraz Masterclass with Nigel Westblade, chief winemaker of Peter Lehmann, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the winery.
Monday, October 21, 2019
J Thank you!
All my best,
Danielle Johnson, Senior Publicist
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SUPER ROOTS: cooking with healing spices to boost your mood (Hardie Grant Books, 2019, 160 pages, ISBN 978-1-78488-241-9, $22.99 paperbound) is by Tanita de Ruijt, a Dutch chef at the Japanese udon-ya Koya Bar in London UK. A lot of the food here is Asiatic. There is preliminary material on “top 12 healing recipes to suit your mood”, notes on sweet and starchy, salty and umami, pungent and spicy, bitter, sour and “balanced”. There is a separate chapter on the pantry that needs to be maintained. Then it's all arranged by your mood of the moment: tired, hungover, bloated, and sick. The book could have been improved if it also used more metric in the recipes (and reduced the imperial), or at least had a metric conversion chart.
Audience and level of use: those needing a change in diets
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: kimchi hummus; gado gado with turmeric peanut sauce; Korean hangover soup; spring onions, herbs and turmeric pancakes; sunshine curry spinach; spice salsa verde; urap urap coconut salad.
The downside to this book: needs more metric
The upside to this book: good idea for anybody to eat these preps.
Quality/Price Rating: 92
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
The October 10 2019 Event: Luncheon featuring Boekenhoutskloof Winery and its chief winemaker, Marc Kent.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Monday, October 14, 2019
Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada http://winewriterscircle.ca
Look it up and you'll remember it; screw it up and you'll never forget it.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019
The September 19 2019 Event: Walk-around tasting of Italian and Spanish high quality wines (Native Grape Odyssey Maestro) in Toronto
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
The Event: Grandi Marchi: Instituto del Vino Italiano di Qualita
The Venue: ROM
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: 17 producers (all family-owned) were arranged alphabetically, with full details about their companies and a listing of the wines being presented. No prices nor agents were specified.
The Quote/Background: This was the trade component to the evening consumer event.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alois Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay Alto Adige 2016
-Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Il Pareto Toscana Rosso IGT 2016
-Antinori Cont'Ugo Bolgheri 2016
-Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna 2018
-Ca'del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta NV Fizz
-Ca'del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Rose NV Fizz
-Col D'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
-Col D'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2014
-Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe 2017
-Gaja Promis Ca'Marcanda Toscana IGT 2017
-Masi Agricola Riserva di Costasera Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2013
-Michele Chiarlo Palas Barolo 2015
-Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti 2018
-Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
-Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2015
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alois Lageder Chardonnay Alto Adige 2018
-Antinori Prunotto Barolo 2015
-Mastroberardino Novaserra Greco di Tufo 2018
The Food: from Daniel et Daniel, headed up by a fab artichoke parmesan white bean dip. Charcuterie, cheeses, terrines, dried fruit, breads, biscuits.
The Downside: it got crowded really fast
The Upside: a chance to taste some newer vintages in the Ontario marketplace.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event’s Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88