Jackson-Triggs: A Brief Moment In Montreal

 

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to travel to Montreal for work.  I have been to Montreal previously for fun – a long weekend in the summer – so I was looking forward to a return visit.  Until, that is, I looked at my schedule for my time there.  First, they had me booked into a hotel at the airport (I could have walked).  The meetings I was part of were also at the airport hotel.  And they had me so tight time-wise that I literally couldn’t leave the property.  It was a work trip, and that’s exactly what I did the entire time I was there.  One bright spot was that I got to pull out some of my college French and put it to use.  It’s been a few years, but I managed to get some appreciative nods and smiles from attendees when I opened my portion of the meetings with a sentence or two in French.  After all the hustle and bustle of the meetings, etc., I finally had a moment to relax – in the airport terminal waiting for my return flight.  Ha!

photo by FRED

Finding a restaurant called Houston Bar & Grill just steps from the gate, I sat down for a bite and a swig.  I chose their Classic Burger and a glass of wine.  Since I was in Canada, I asked for a domestic offering.  When in Rome and all ….

Winemaker:  Jackson-Triggs
Wine:  Reserve Merlot, Niagara Estate
Varietal: Merlot
Vintage:  2013
Appellation: Niagara, Canada
Price: $13.95 (Canadian)

Notes:  I thought this was surprisingly light-bodied.  At first sip it seemed quite peppery with a fruit core of cherry, hints of cassis, some tobacco, and spice notes lingering on the finish.  Funny thing was that as the wine breathed, the flavors subsided significantly.  They were still there but weren’t nearly as present on the palate.  This was my first glass of Canadian wine, so I’ll have to do some more sipping and exploring.  Don’t expect another work trip north again any time soon.  Next time, though, I’ll try to wrest a few more moments from the schedule for fun and more Canadian vin.

“So, You Think You Know Wine?” Blind Tasting Contest

This is an online video series that WineAlign is doing.  As WineAlign is “the ultimate service for making informed buying decisions at your local Ontario government wine store,” it is aimed at my wine-loving friends to the north.  Even so, there is plenty any wine enthusiast can glean from this tasting contest.  Yes, it’s a contest set up a bit like the old “What’s My Line” but it’s the wines they have to guess.  Three Canadian experts do a blind tasting and have to identify the varietal, the country of origin, the region, the year, and the price.  OK, the energy level is a little more sedate than a Hollywood game show, but the information shared as the experts taste and discuss before making their guesses can be interesting.  In addition, each episode is only about 5 minutes long, and it looks like they are all up on YouTube.

WineAlign

WineAlign is pleased to present Episode 3.1 of “So, You Think You Know Wine?”

The feedback we received from the first two series has been fantastic, and we are thrilled to be bringing together an even larger group of Canada’s top wine palates to compete this season. (Episode 3.1)

Season 3 showcases some of Canada’s most widely recognized, award-winning sommeliers and wine critics. WineAlign’s own David Lawrason, Sara d’Amato, Steve Thurlow and Master Sommelier John Szabo are joined and challenged by Master Sommelier Jennifer Huether, Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner, Zoltan Szabo (Sommelier at Trump Tower), William Predhomme (Sommelier at Canoe) and Bill Zacharkiw (Montreal Gazette).

Our critics have to rely on skill and talent as they use their nose, eyes and palette to identify the flavours, aromas and general characteristics of a wine to correctly determine five elements about the wine. For a wine critic, a blind taste…

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