1. Jamie Drummond On Food And Wine #277 In The Southbrook Barn

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    Despite appearing, for all intents and purposes, to be an urbane individual, I grew up in a relatively small town out in the countryside on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. With this in mind, I do so enjoy getting back to the country now and again, to meet some sheep, step in a few cowpats, and breathe in the farmyard air. Recently I took a trip with Southbrook Winemaker Ann Sperling to the winery's barn in Niagara-On-The-Lake to meet the sizeable menagerie that they share their vineyard with...

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    • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #276 Focusing On The 2010 Fanti Vintage

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      So unless you have been living under a stone for the past couple of years, if you live and breathe wine you have most probably heard much of the excitement surrounding the 2010 Brunello vintage. Often when I observe such hype I take it all very much with a bucketful of salt, as across the globe regional wine marketing bodies (and the wine media they carefully fluff) can often talk up certain vintages to be the best ever, but then ultimately leave the consumer thoroughly disappointed and out of pocket. I'm happy to say that this is not the case with Fanti's 2010s. After tasting through the 2010 wines with Tenuta Fanti's Luca Vitiello I can safely say that I feel them to be amongst some of the strongest vintages of this appellation for quite some time. Watch and/or listen to Luca explaining why he feels this Fanti Brunello vintage to be so very special... After tasting through the 2010 wines with Tenuta Fanti's Luca Vitiello I can safely say that I feel them to be amongst some of the strongest vintages of this appellation for quite some time.

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      • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #275 Emma Garner on Thirty Bench's 2014 Vintage

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        This week we catch up with our good friend Winemaker Emma Garner as she gives us a breakdown of the 2014 vintage at Thirty Bench. This coming Monday Emma will be participating in this year's Terroir symposium as part of a panel discussion/tasting around the concept of Terroir. A Different Look At Terroir: How Much Do Soils Actually Matter? The term terroir is often thrown about with abandon. In this seminar/tasting we ask what the term really means, and how much do its many different elements actually influence the character of the finished wine? Panelists: Dr. Kevin Pogue Phd. Geology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington State, USA Dr. Jim Willwerth Phd. Biological Sciences: Plant Sciences; Oenology and Viticulture (CCOVI, Brock University, Niagara, Canada) Winemaker Emma Garner (Thirty Bench, Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada) Winewriter Stuart Pigott (Author of Riesling: Best White Wine On Earth, Berlin, Germany) Moderator: Wine writer/Sommelier Sara d’Amato (Wine Align, Toronto, Canada) For more information and tickets click here.

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        • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #274 Nicholas Potel Comes To Toronto

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          If I were to tell you that Winemaker Nicolas Potel had, many years ago, through his beguiling wines, forever changed the way that I appreciate Burgundy, I would be telling you a mere fraction of the whole story. Since I first tasted the fruits of his labours, I have had nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for this gentleman and, in turn, every bottle that he puts his name to. When it comes to integrity in the vinous minefield that is Burgundy, Nicolas, or Nico as he is affectionately known, displays an honesty and an earnestness that is truly inspirational. He is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of my favourite winemakers. Hyperbole aside, upon meeting him for lunch at Toronto's Le Paradis with a handful of other Sommeliers a couple of weeks back, I found the man behind these delightful wines to be as genial and genuine as his many bottlings. Nicolas Potel is the real deal... accept no imitations. Nicolas' wines are available through another Nicholas, at Nicholas Pearce Wines. Nicholas Pearce Wines is a Good Food Fighter. Please support the businesses and organisations that support Good Food Revolution.

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          • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #273 A Renaissance at Remoissenet with Bernard Repolt

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            I first met Winemaker Bernard Repolt way back in 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. At the time he was the Chief Winemaker for the house of Jaffelin, and I was young and ambitious Sommelier attending one of his first Burgundy tastings and hoping to move to Canada within the coming 12 months. Repolt was then working with Inniskillin on a collaborative Niagara project entitled Alliance, and when he heard of my impending move offered to put me in touch with his friends at Vincor. Having never forgotten his random act of kindness, it was with some delight I discovered that he was now overseeing the winemaking for the historied Burgundian house of Remoissenet, and that I would have the opportunity to interview him upon his recent visit to Toronto.

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            • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #271 The 2013 Bouchard Burgundy Vintage

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              Last week Luc Bouchard of historied Burgundian house Bouchard Père et Fils was in town for the annual Toronto vernissage of his family's wines with Woodman Wines and Spirits. After tasting through a sizeable portfolio of Chablis, Beaujolais and all manner of red and white Burgundy-Burgundy, we grabbed Luc for a quick natter about the pros and cons of the 2013 vintage for Bouchard.

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              • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #270 Robert Eden from Château Maris

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                Minervois Winemaker Robert Eden is one of those rare birds, a biodynamic acolyte with a personality just as affable, rich, vibrant, complex, and engaging as his Château Maris wines. From his first biodynamic experiments concerning, as he so concisely puts it, "two piles of shit", to the fully biodynamic operation he runs down in the Languedoc today, Robert Eden's wines are a living testament to what is possible when one couples Rudolph Steiner's philosophies (e.g. understanding that the vine has a soul equal to your own) and less-than-conventional practices (e.g. let's bury this cow horn full of cow dung just over here) with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned pragmatism. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Château Maris' Robert Eden:

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                • Nella Judges

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                  • Jamie Drummond on Food and Wine #269 The Man Behind Leaning Post Wines

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                    For quite some time now I have been singing the praises of the wines of Leaning Post, a range of exquisitely light and reserved Niagara bottlings guided by the hand of Winemaker Ilya Senchuk. Unlike many of the wines Senchuck made previously during his stints with both Daniel Lenko and Foreign Affair, his Leaning Post vintages exhibit a definite old world sensibility and reserve, coupled with intriguing complexities that have year after year found great favour amongst many wine lovers. Notwithstanding, Senchuk's wines do tend to polarise the crowd, their extremely delicate nature and occasional funky notes certainly not appealing to everyone. In search of the thought process that goes into making such fascinating and unique wines, we sat down with Senchuk over a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir...

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