The PROBUS Club of Applewood
in Mississauga

Wine Tasting Group 3 met on Wednesday February 12, hosted by Reg Perkin. Present were Claude Barras, Jack Doney, Doug Gilpin, Neil Paget, Paul Walters, Marty Wanat.  With Don Steen and Bryce Atkinson both in Florida, we were pleased to have Mike Preston join us.  Reg had chosen a mix of Merlot wines and others similar to and sometimes mistaken for Merlot, all from different countries.
The wine we rated #1 was J.Lohr Paso Robles 2017, a Merlot from California.  Close behind were Luigi Bosca 2017, an Argentinian Malbec, and a Trius 2018 Merlot from our Ontario Niagara Region.  The other three wines scored much lower – Jean-Pierre Mouiex 2015, a French Bordeaux; Adesso 2018 Merlot from Italy; and Terra Vega 2019, a Carmenere from Chile.  And on this occasion our tasters showed how financially astute they are – the wine rated #1 was the most expensive, and #s 5 & 6 the cheapest.
As always with this group, the conversation was interesting, at times informative, and frequently funny. 
Reg Perkin
Members of Wine Tasting Group 1 met on March 3 for a blind tasting of 4 Merlot wines, each from a different country, and 2 additional reds that were presented as unknowns.  In addition to 4 of our regular members we welcomed Tom McAuliffe as a new member to our group.  

The Merlots were from Chile, Bordeaux, Ontario, and Washington State. They were all considered of excellent quality, with the order of preference listed in the accompanying chart.  The Ontario selection compared well with those from the other 3 regions, each of which is regarded to produce a superior quality Merlot.  The two wines presented as unknowns were a Zinfandel from California and a Primitivo from Puglia, Italy. These two grapes have recently been shown to be genetically identical.  In our comparison, the Primitivo was rated higher, proving the superiority of Italian vinification.

Denis Bailey

This was an online tasting where each of us were in our own homes, connected to each other using ZOOM.

It was not practical to taste a full suite of 6 wines, so it was decided to pick just one and to sample it a couple ways, i.e. decanted and not. The wine: Bollina Zenas Primitivo 2018, Igt Puglia lcbo 13629 Vintages $17.

This was a Vintages highlight wine in March and came with great credentials (e.g a 98 rating from one Italian expert).

Overall the group thought this wine was more like this review in Winealign by David Lawrason,
This is a full bodied, soft and very ripe primitivo typical of hot climate Puglia. I wanted a bit more definition and depth, and find the sweetness a bit too much, but there is a lot of flavour here, with cooked cherry/berry almost pruny fruit, chocolate and some earthiness on the finish. Very good length. Rating = 87

The wine effervesces a bit when first opened. One member said it reminded him of ginger-ale. Another said it was like "Baby Duck"  back in its day.  Once decanted the wine improves somewhat as the fizzyness was gone and the heavy fruity flavour softens a bit.

Several members also tasted and discussed another wine from their collection. 

And we discussed the problems of the world for much of the session


The  wine tasting group 2 met virtually in May 27th to taste a really good Red Zinfandel.
Hosted by Peter Crawford via Zoom, the winos were Ron Kawchuk, Bob Weese, Mike Preston, Peter, Bob Ewart, Mark Inkster, John Bray and Hugh Turner.
The wine was Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel, priced at $17.95. A California wine from one of the premium Zinfandel regions, this was an excellent red wine that was smooth, rich in fruity flavours with smoky overtones. There was a unanimous opinion from the group for the aroma, taste, and overall impression for a very nice wine. Highly recommended.
A good time was had by all!

On the afternoon on the 24th of June we had our wine tasting, socially distanced in my back yard. we had five in attendance, Hugh Turner, Tony Hart, Peter Crawford, Bob Ewart and I.

In the attached PDF document, you will find the six wines we tasted, Peter was the first to guess the theme, Cabernet's. on page 8 you will find a list of foods that pair with Cabs, as suggested by Fiona from Matching Food and Wine. This also dictated the cheeses, Gouda and old cheddar, meats, I did a slider with Gorgonzola and fresh lettuce out of my wife's garden, a portabello with garlic butter as well as a beef short rib done in Cabernet with herbs from the garden.

On the last page you will see our scored totaled and averaged. The winner was not the wine Hugh selected, Smoking Loon, nor the one I selected, EastDell,  nor the most expensive, Askerne but with a 15.6 overall score, Jacobs Creek, an old favorite of mine from Australia.

Regards, and have a great summer!

Mark Inkster


John Mark hosted group 5's summer garden wine tasting on Wednesday, July 15, keeping "social distancing" rules in effect.

5 attendees enjoyed sipping and rating 3 whites and 3 rose wines. Being hot and sunny it soon turned into a guzzling match along with much discussing of the problems of the world at present.

With wine filled stomachs we rated  the wines in this order, from best to least.

1. Cave Spring Riesling, 2017 Ontario              $17.95
2. Tabilk Marsanne, 2019 Australia    $17.95
3. Featherstone Rose, 2019 Ontario   $12.80
4. Sotomanrigue Naranjas Rose, 2018 Spain $16.95
5. Crios Torrontes, 2019 Argentina $14.95
6. Bandol La Cadierenne Rose, 2019 France $24.95 

nteresting that price does not mean a popular tasting wine.
Also my wife Cathy couldn't believe that 5 guys could drink so much wine and was thankful for at least a glass of remaining wine.

Until the next get together, 
Cheers,
John Mark
Host


Group 5's socially distanced, August backyard wine tasting was hosted by Don Hare on Wednesday, August 26th.
With the weatherman threatening rain which luckily held off 'til later in the afternoon, the event was attended by 4 members who enjoyed 4 'baco-noir's, selected from Ontario vineyards.
The wines were rated as follows:

1) Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Baco Noir            $24.95

2) Pelee Island Baco Noir VQA                                               $12.95

Followed with a virtual 'tie' by choice, broken only by price...

3) Inniskillin Baco Noir VQA                                                    $14.95

4) Sandbanks Baco Noir Reserve VQA                                  $19.95

Being late summer, several wasps showed up threatening to make off with the cheese selections, but were kept in check by tasters wielding mint sprigs.

Regards,

Don Hare


Question: What was the first toy to be advertised on television?

Probus Wine Tasting Group 2 has continued to meet virtually, throughout the Pandemic. As a result of being online, the tastings did not follow the usual formal tasting process. At January’s meeting, each participant chose his own red wine to “taste” and “sip” during our conversations, jokes, and storytelling. Similarly, for February’s meet, whites were tested. We added a15 question “trivia” questionnaire to the mix, which promoted more laughter as well as an “educational” component. Half of the questions were based on wine and the others on general knowledge. Peter Crawford was our winner. With a score of 5 out of 15 correct.

Virtual meetings seem to be appreciated but we all can’t wait to be person to person.

Answer: Mr. Potato Head

Mark Inkster

Wines were tasted from various wine regions of Italy.

Pinot Grigios from the region of Venezie: Lumina by Ruffino, $13.95 (#589101);  Masi Masianco, $17.05 (#620773)

Chianti from the region of Tuscani: Cecchi Chianti by Cecchi, $14.80 (#490144); Melini Chianti Classico Reserva, $17.00.(#487819)

Valpolicella from the region of Vento: Zonin Valpolicella Classico, $12.80 (#475145): Villa Annaberta, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, $18.15 (#378091)

From the Region of Sicily: Cusumano Nero D'Avola Terre, Siciliane IGT, $12.80 (#143164)

From the region of Piedmont: Maraia Barbera del Monferrato by Marchesi di Barolo $19.95 (V#748277).

From the region of Puglia: Luccarelli Negroamaro IGT, $8.80 (#380972)

As always there wasn't an uncomplimentary comment on any of the wines (except maybe the price).

We had some heavy discussions re "the vaccine" roll out but it was quickly mellowed by a trivia quiz.

Cheers!

Mike Preston


Wines were tasted from various wine regions of Italy.

Pinot Grigios from the region of Venezie: Lumina by Ruffino, $13.95 (#589101);  Masi Masianco, $17.05  (#620773)

Chianti from the region of Tuscani: Cecchi Chianti by Cecchi, $14.80 (#490144); Melini Chianti Classico Reserva, $17.00.(#487819)

Valpolicella from the region of Vento: Zonin Valpolicella Classico, $12.80 (#475145): Villa Annaberta, Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, $18.15 (#378091)

From the Region of Sicily: Cusumano Nero D'Avola Terre, Siciliane IGT, $12.80 (#143164)

From the region of Piedmont: Maraia Barbera del Monferrato by Marchesi di Barolo $19.95 (V#748277).

From the region of Puglia: Luccarelli Negroamaro IGT, $8.80 (#380972)

As always there wasn't an uncomplimentary comment on any of the wines (except maybe the price).

We had some heavy discussions re "the vaccine" roll out but it was quickly mellowed by a trivia quiz.

Cheers!

Mike Preston
Probus Winetasting Group 3 met on November 10, hosted by Doug Gilpin.
The theme was French red wines, including wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, and Languedoc-Roussillon. The theme was introduced by the playing of La Marseillaise.
The six wines were, in order of preference of the group, as follows:
Maison les Alexandrin Croz-Hermitage 2018, a Syrah from the Rhone region. $33.95
Chateau du Grand Caumont 2019, a blend of Grenache and Syrah from Languedoc-Roussillon. $13.95
Domaine la Rougeant 2016, a blend of Syrah and Grenache, from Languedoc-Roussillon. $18.95.
Chateau le Temple 2015, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, from Bordeaux. $28.95
Mission de Picpus Malbec 2018, a blend of Malbec and Merlot from Cahors in Southwest France. $17.95.
Domaine Dubost Beaujolais-Village 2019, a Gamay wine, from Burgundy. $14.95.
To many of us, the full-bodied nature of these wines was surprising, and very enjoyable. The assistance of a knowledgeable LCBO staff member was much appreciated.
The #2 Wine Group met indoors and in person for the first time in almost two years. It was a special occasion!
Peter Crawford was the host at his home with eight fellow wine aficionado's.

We selected six different wines from three continents. Each country had two wines from the same vineyard, with one being higher priced. The wines being tasted were Chianti from Italy, Cabernet Sauvignon from California and Shiraz from Australia. The prices ranged from $10.95 to $34.95.

Our objective, apart from great social interaction and conversation, was to determine if price made a difference in our choice of wine.

The overall winner was the Beringer Founders Cabernet Sauvinon priced at $16.95. LCBO 534263.

A good time was had by all! Our next meeting will be  January 26th 2022.

Cheers.

The Applewood PROBUS Oenophiles


“Oenophile , a person who enjoys wines, usually as a connoisseur.”


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