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Our Bi-Weekly Newsletter with Product Reviews and Much More!

 


May 13, 2017


MIDDLE MAY

Happy Mothers Day cardIt was close. City-dwellers may not have paid too much attention to the frost warning that was issued across Ontario this past week, but for the folks who grow our fruit, it was all hands on deck. Stephen Mitchell from Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery says they had their wind machines working full-time to keep the air circulating in order to protect the newly budded vines from sustaining any frost damage. A similar scene was carried out in soft fruit orchards and vineyards across southern Ontario. The good news is there was very little, if any, damage.

Mother’s Day and Victoria Day long weekend look to be unseasonably cool, but still warm enough to get outside and play. The questions is: will you go for the inaugural May-2-4 swim in whatever body of water you happen to be near that weekend? It will be bracing, to say the least. You’ll probably want to have a bottle of Michael David Petite Petit (released this weekend) to take the chill off after your plunge.

This coming weekend make sure to treat your Mom to good food, flowers and bubbles. Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava and Fresita – Chilean Sparkling Wine infused with fresh handpicked strawberries - are two excellent choices. It may sound overly simple, but scrambled eggs and Cava is a match made in heaven.

On Victoria Day weekend, why not try our newest offering from New Zealand?

 

NOW AVAILABLE AT THE BEER STORE

NZP CANNZ PURE Lager
2449009 $2.45
440 mL can 4.7% alc./vol.

NZ PURE is a premium lager made exclusively from New Zealand malt, hops, water and specialty selected yeast. It’s moderately full-bodied, clean and refreshing with a medium bitter finish. NZ PURE would be perfect for your Victoria Day barbecue, camping trip or visit to the cottage. Enjoy this thirst-quenching lager after working or playing hard.  

Brewing Notes:

• Malted barley is grown in NZ and malted in NZ by Malteruop Maltings and Gladfields Maltings.
• Hops are from Nelson Wakatu Hops and processed by NZ Hops, a cooperative of hop growers.
• Yeast is grown on site at Papakura, Auckland in northern New Zealand from their master cultures.
• Water is sourced from springs, snowmelt and rain.

 

 

VINTAGES RELEASE, May 13, 2017

Petite petit no backgroundMichael David Winery
Petite Petit 2014
Lodi, California, USA
213017 $26.95
400 (12 pack) cases available

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Jim Gordon
“The blend of sweet-seeming oak and bold, ripe fruit flavors is irresistible in this big and satisfying wine. The aromas are like vanilla, chocolate and black pepper, while flavors bring on blackberry jam, espresso and dark chocolate for volume and complexity on the palate”.

This from Michael David’s website: “Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large! A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Offering a joyous explosion of colour and fun, it is a substantial, dense, full-bodied, whopper style of wine loaded with pure black fruit and vanilla flavours that coat the palate. It reveals remarkable richness with a ¬finish that is slightly dry and seems to linger”.

Take a couple of minutes and visit Derek DeVries, the Petite Petit winemaker at Michael David
http://www.michaeldavidwinery.com/Videos/Petite-Petit

Enjoy Petite Petit with your favourite cut of grilled, smoked or barbecued beef. If you have some extra time over the Victoria Day long weekend, give the Brisket recipe below a try.

 

 

ACCOLADES

Caliterra SB new label 2015Caliterra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Casablanca Valley, Chile
275909   $11.10
91 Points, Carolyn Evans-Hammonds, The Toronto Star
“This bargain bottle tastes just like spring: bright, clean and cool. Expect a swift attack of mixed citrus that quickly expands to suggest lime zest, chili pepper and snow pea that lingers on the finish. Can’t wait to pour with simply dressed greens tossed with goat cheese, roasted red peppers and walnuts, with a slice of good bread alongside”.

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

The concerts at Wente

 

 

 

 

 

For more than 30 years, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards in California (60 minutes from San Francisco) have brought top name performers to the winery's picturesque natural amphitheater. We are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2017 concert season. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 am on 5/2/17, through Ticketmaster only (Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000). For all the details, visit www.wentevineyards.com.

CHRIS ISAAK- Wednesday 7/12

ALANIS MORISSETTE- Friday 7/14

MATT NATHANSON- Tuesday 7/18

KENNY ROGERS' Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal WITH SPECIAL GUEST
LINDA DAVIS - Wednesday 7/26

DIANA KRALL - Tuesday 8/1

THE BAND PERRY- Thursday 8/3

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS - Wednesday 8/9

MICHAEL MCDONALD & BOZ SCAGGS - Tuesday 8/15

SEAL- Wednesday 8/16

TOTO AND PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO- Monday 8/21

DWIGHT YOAKAM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS LOS LOBOS and KING LEG -Thursday 8/24

SMOKEY ROBINSON- Wednesday 8/30

COLLECTIVE SOUL - Thursday 8/31

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS "ROCK PARTY TOUR 2017"-Tuesday 9/19

 

EPIC Wine Country

Take a trip around the globe without leaving EPIC Wine Country! Sample delicious wine and food pairings inspired by a different country at each winery you visit. Bring your ticket to your first winery and receive your Sip ‘N to Summer passport! Choose your own adventure by selecting up to six participating wineries you would like to visit. Fill up your passport and enter for your chance to win the EPIC Grand Prize. $40/person. Visit epicwineries.com for more information.

Date: Saturday May 27th & Sunday May 28th, 2017
Time: 12pm to 5pm
Location: EPIC Member Wineries (including Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery)

 

 

 

 

Roots on the Twenty Final Logo - Colour 2 large

 

 

 

 

 

Roots On The Twenty, Balls Falls Conservation Area, May 27 & 28

Roots On The Twenty -- a little hipster, a smidge country, all about nature and a whole lot of fun! This ain't your parents' bush party!

Join us for a weekend of food, drink, entertainment and activities that celebrate the Twenty Valley. Free admission. Tickets for alcoholic beverage samples from local wineries, brewers and distillers are $5 each or get a commemorative glass and five sample tickets for $25. Click here to purchase sample tickets ahead of time and avoid line-ups at the event!

#rootsonthe20

 

SueAnnStaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stylin' Spring Supper on the Ranch - Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery, June 8

Women of Niagara invite you to join us on the farm this June for a fabulous evening of food and wine in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls! (a young woman's group mentoring program). Chat, laugh and dine outdoors under our marquee tent while raising money for this important program!

Start your evening with a delightful seasonal wine cocktail and hors' d'oeuvres before taking your seat for dinner. The evening's menu includes:

Salad
Arugula Salad
with red wine braised pear, candied walnuts & Caprano creamy goat cheese,
drizzled with Fancy Farm Girl wine dressing

2016 Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink

Main
House Cured Smoked Kassler Pork Chop
with apple & pearl onion chutney, celeriac & apple slaw, and sautéed green asparagus with black garlic.

2015 Riesling Loved By Lu or 2015 Baco Noir

Trio Dessert
Berry Charlotte with lemon curd
Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Cake with hazelnut & almond pralines, & coffee chantilly
Cheesecake with biscotti crumb
All topped with Tigchelaar Farms berry coulis

2012 Vidal Icewine

Advance tickets are $100
Purchase through eventbrite or through sue-annstaff.com.

Proceeds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Go Girls! Group Mentoring program.

 

 

PROMOTIONS 

 

The following promotions are available now until May 21, 2017 at the LCBO:

Earn 6 Bonus Air Miles on Patriarche Pinot Noir (#522649)

Earn 12 Bonus Air Miles on Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider (#94094)

Earn 15 Bonus Air Miles on Marqués De Riscal Rioja Reserva (#32656)

Save $1.00 LTO on Sprucewood Shores Riesling VQA (#326249)

Save $1.00 LTO on Gran Feudo Rosado (#165845)

Save $2.00 LTO on Pisse-Dru Beaujolais (#2881)

Receive a free Koozie (where applied) with the purchase of Vodka Mudshake French Vanilla (#4606). While supplies last.

Find the following wines chilling in the Wine Fridge in Select Stores:
Alsace Willm Riesling Réserve (#11452)

 

 

 

 

ON FOOD AND WINE

 

Barbecued Beef Brisket

The rub on this classic Texas beef brisket forms a flavourful crust on its exterior. This recipe first appeared in Saveur’s June/July 2011 BBQ issue along with Robb Walsh's story Zen and the Art of BBQ.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

BBQ Beef Brisket¾ cups kosher salt
½ cups ground black pepper
¼ cups garlic powder
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. cayenne
1 (8-10-lb.) beef brisket
1 cup apple juice

Instructions:

Mix together salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, and cayenne. Rub brisket with spice mixture.
 
Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Prepare your grill using the kettle grill, bullet smoker, or gas grill method, using apple wood chunks or chips. Place brisket, fat side up, on grill grate. Maintaining a temperature of 225°-250° (if using a kettle grill or bullet smoker, replenish fire with unlit coals, as needed, to maintain temperature; see instructions), cook until a thermometer inserted in meat reads 160°, about 6 hours.

Remove brisket from grill, place on two large stacked sheets of foil; fold up edges. Pour in juice; wrap foil packet to enclose brisket and return to grill grate. Cook until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion reads 190°, about 2 hours.

Enjoy with Michael David Petite Petit.

Cheers!

Mark Donaldson, Editor and Factotum

 

 

 

 

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