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It's Wine Time!

December 31st, 2014 | in |    0   

It had been a couple of busy weeks last month with so many portfolio tastings. For the un initiated, a portfolio tasting is when a wine distributor ie International Cellars, presents a line up of the latest wines they are releasing for the season. This usually happens in the fall as everyone gears up for the busiest time of year for wine sales. I would try anywhere from 20-50 wines at a time depending on what the distributor is showcasing. Tough work but someone has to do it. From all of these events I usually pick out a few favourites and then offer them up to the club. I will put some specific wines on the wine page soon as I tried several noteworthy wines that impressed me for their quality and value. It all came to a grand conclusion on Thursday as I delivered wine to a few clients in the morning, closed a new wine cellar deal at noon, then went off to the new offices of The Wine Syndicate to try their latest portfolio tasting. Their new office is located in the very cool and trendy gastown area and, with my good friends Jules and Tom in tow, in we went. Principals Scott Adair and Jeff Curry were proud to show off their new digs and we were treated royally to several tastings thru their wine line up. Scott's lovely wife Amorita, a welcome new addition to the sales team, served up a few new wines that were impressive. I really liked the 2008 Fontodi Chianti Classico for $33.99, the 2008 Panther Creek Freedom Hill Pinot Noir from Oregon at $49.99, and the 2007 Andrea Oberto Barolo is a steal for $54.99. Seriously good Barolo from a great vintage that will easily age for 10-15 years but drinks beautifully right now. Well done Wine Syndicate! Now, with a happier Jules and Tom in tow, it's off to the 50th anniversary for Hy's steak house. Upon arriving and being greeted by a host of black tie doormen I realize I'm slightly under dressed. Oops! Manager Brett Yamaguchi, looking sharp in a tux, gives us the layout and in we go. Hy's has gone to great length's to throw a big party. Some of my favourite wine people are in attendance as well so it looks to be a great evening but alas, I have yet another engagement to attend. I leave Tom and Jules behind, say goodbye to several friends and head off to West Van. Tonight I'm pouring wine at the Wear Else store at Park Royal. Owner Zhara and COO Omid are hosting a private client party for some of the North Shore's finest and it was a great opportunity for me to meet some new wine enthusiasts. Besides, how tough could it be serving wine to 50 or so gorgeous women! I was showing the 2009 Chantermerle Chablis, 2010 Haywire Rose, 2009 Red Diamond Merlot, and the 2009 Brancaia Tre. The Chablis was a big hit and has been on my highly recommended list all summer for $30. It was a great evening as it turned out that I knew many of the attendees and established some new potential clients. Whew! What a day! All that and it's only 9:45. I'm beat, so it's time to head home. Tomorrow I'll be trying to catch up on all the wines to sort thru from a busy two weeks of tastings while also getting ready to go to the Okanagan wine festival on Saturday. I love this time of year! Cheers.