Saturday, April 30, 2011

Four Ontario Whites and a Big Red Zin (Ontario / California)

A beautiful Saturday afternoon - the last in April, and some friends came over for a little get together and BBQ.  We started our time outdoors by opening a series of Ontario whites, with differing results.  The Reif 2009 Pinot Gris, should have been drunk last summer, as it tasted tired and not very lively.  Then we turned our attention to the Hillebrand 2009 Trius Sauvignon Blanc, still amazing, in my opinion one of, if not the, best Sauvignon Blanc made in Ontario in '09, and for less than fourteen bucks it was a steal.  Next the crowd called for more and another Savvy B hit the bottom of the glass and just as quickly the top of the grass, Strewn's 2009 Sauvignon Blanc just did not stand the test of time, it would have been drinkable (as someone said) if not for the amazing wine that came before it.  The last white was a Pondview 2009 Riesling, now this has not only held up well but is worth holding onto for a few more summers to come.  Final wine was a big juicy red from California to match up with the steaks we threw on the Bar-B ... Pedroncelli 2007 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel, plum, vanilla and spice has never matched up so well.  Great afternoon and evening.

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