Saturday, July 16, 2011

Southbrook 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gonzalez Byass Nectar (Ontario / Spain)

Night two of the Pine Island excursion (in Lake Nipissing) could not have turned out better … yes the Aussie wines went over very well … but the best part was the after party with dinner and a few wines on the table to go with it.  While people feasted and sipped on steak and Australian wine, I open a bottle of Southbrook 2002 Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon – a subtler and much older version of the grape than what most had been accustomed to over the past couple of hours.  You can read about the wine on my Lost & Found Blog

For dessert another wine that most people shunned until they tried it.  In a room of 19 people you mention Sherry and 2/3 of them will shy away for you quicker than they would from a floating piece of poo in the pool.  But some stuck around look enough for a taste of a delicious Pedro Ximenez grapes (read: sweet) Gonzalez Byass Nectar Dolce sweet Sherry – the best way to describe it is the innards of pecan or raisin pie.  Of the 7 who tasted a sip, 6 took a glass or two and thanked me at the end of the evening for the experience.  Gotta love those open to new vinous experiences. 

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