Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES – Sept 17th, 2016
Gutsy Global Finds
by Sara d’Amato, with notes from David Lawrason and Michael Godel
From the Côtes-du-Rhône to the Western Cape, we bring you the best international selections of this September 17th VINTAGES release. Last week John Szabo MS highlighted outstanding wines in the Ontario feature and some of our favourites from beyond the release. This week you can expect a strong showing of sparkling wines from Spain to Champagne along with a riveting sparkler from Thirty Bench in Niagara (because we just can’t get enough of Ontario).
A surprising number of the wines in this release are audacious, bold and creative examples of stalwart wine regions. They show classic structure and flavour profiles but hail from atypical vintages like that of 2013 in Chablis or 2014 in the southern Rhône. Others are crafted by the hands of maverick winemakers such as Jeff Carrel who has become influential across Europe or, from a new generation of winemakers pushing for more sustainable wine growing such as that of Alsace’s Christian Beyer.
In other news, it is an extremely busy tasting time here in Toronto with premier trade and consumer shows just about every week. Next up on the calendar is the “Spain is Wine” event on the evening of Monday, September 19th. Over 275 wines will be poured from over 55 wineries. Tickets are selling quickly so be sure to reserve online.
Fall is also a busy time for winemakers coming to town. WineAlign is pleased to present several intimate dinner events for you over the coming months. If you are in Toronto on Oct 3rd, you can join David Lawrason as he hosts the charming Marcelo Papa from Concha y Toro at George Restaraunt. (Ticket info)
Our Top Picks from the Sept 17th VINTAGES release:
Buyers’ Guide: White, Sparkling and one of the world’s great sweet wines
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