A Chenin Revelation! South Africa Chenin vs Loire and World Examples with the who's who of Toronto Somm and media
Ken Forrester of SA, with Will Predhomme & Veronique Rivest holding court
Szabo and Lawrason (centre and right - my former instructors) reporting on South Africa Chenin Blanc
Thursday May 8th we present Apostolos Thymiopoulos. The man behind the Greek wines you have come to love. 6:30 onwards. Meet and greet. Informal gathering and a chance to taste these wine and shake the hand that made them.
a few of the wines tasted today during a midfield wine session. A Syrah lineup. Extraordinare.
We had another great tasting with some well informed wine focused clients. Blind and Structured of Cabernet from around the world. Cool and Warm climates, old and new world, with a few blends. Great group!
the blind tasted wines.
The Henry of Pelham was a favourite as was the Tuscan Sangiovese/Cab blend and the St. Estephe Bordeaux.
we will be open Easter Friday and Saturday.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
lmages from Wednesday 2nd Greek tasting!
some images from last night Portugal wine tasting. I learned a few new wine descriptors from our clients. So many times an innocent look at wines produces interesting insight for a 'seasoned' taster like myself...
We are pleased to announce our collaboration with C- Magazine as we host the launch of issue C-Magazine #121 + Auction Catalogue. Come mingle with some art folk as we warm up to the Auction and Celebration of 30 years of C-Magazine Contemporary Art… March 22nd 5-8pm
For as long as I have known him, Dillon Ivan Bell, has been working on his music, a passion that he has had from childhood. Daytime he is a grade school teacher and outside of raising a family and being a good friend he has been a source of music information and sharing. Much of what you hear at Midfield, at least when I am working (Christopher) comes from moments of music library exchanges, vinyl and otherwise.
His first complete project has been released on DNH Records owned by local and international talent, Nick Holder. Lyrics written by Ivanuknown and remixes and features by Saukrates, Dj. Catalist, Murr and MiddleField (no relation other than music and a common friend)
Listening Party on the 22nd of March. 9:30. Sound by BLK BTLZ. Free
I recently sat at an intimate group tasting showcasing the wines of Telmo Rodriguez of Spain. The gathering was held down at Archive Wine Bar on Dundas.
Telmo is a champion of small production of native varietals. Especially in regions that let the grape pick up territorial characteristics and can be made into a wine with individuality and one that reflects it's Spanish heritage.
I can tell you the wines were fresh, elegant and pleasing to behold. We currently serve a Godella white wine from Valdeorras in the north and will introduce an amazing Rioja today for our by the glass listing.
We finished the tasting with some of his cru wines ALTOS 2004 and ALTOS LANZAGO 2010 from Rioja. Amazing.
As a warm up to the upcoming Benevenuto Brunello Tasting, my colleague Nicholas Pearce dropped by with his producer La Manella from Montalcino. A small family run estate in the northern half of the appellation Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany.
The wines all displayed classic Sangiovese cherry and leather aroma but had an added distinction of lifted floral and perfume notes. It was explained to me that due to the slightly cooler north of Montalcino location of the property the wines give a certain elegance and firm quality versus the warmer fuller Mediterranean influenced vineyards to the south of the town of Montalcino. Slight soil differences, exposition and the use of only 100% Sangiovese in the wine of The Leonus IGT, (being a declassified Brunello) with the classy DOC(g) Rosso and the Brunello (+Riserva) makes for a unique and unified house style. La Manella.
Soon to be on by the glass at Midfield Wine Bar.
last weeks Riesling tasting rocked. We had a nice intimate group and we had all of these wines to ourselves! Much was absorbed and learned. Alsace and Germany (mosel, rheingau, pfalz). Delicious! Plus a Tawse Niagara Reisling that was tasted blind and enjoyed!
the line up. Open & blind tasted.
the new fans.
We are closed this family day Monday. We will reopen tomorrow. Tuesday 18th
Apologies for the inconvenience.
Last nights massive Sangiovese Tasting. The Emilia Romagna Sangiovese from Thea stood out as did the Brunello from Colombini
MIDFIELD WINE BAR & TAVERN is putting together a delightful and intimate Valentine's Day Dinner. Come down with your loved one, your latest crush, or someone you've been meaning to share an evening with…all are welcome.
We offer a $75 per couple - 3 course menu w/options to ADD $50 for wine pairings.
**All courses can be veganized**
1st course options: choice of
Marinated shrimp w/ tomatillos, avocado & gooseberry.
Smoked Trout w/ citrus & arugula.
Squash & Romano Bean Soup w/pumpkin seeds.
2nd course options: choice of
Grilled Steak w/ green beans, potato & mushroom ragu.
Roast Quail w/ roast cauliflower, celery, currants, capers & almond.
Salted Cod w/ fennel & artichoke on piperade basquaise.
King Oyster Mushroom w/ lentil, swiss chard, & golden beets.
Nutella Creme Caramel
Pecorino Cheese w/ figs or pears, honey drizzle.
We are taking reservations for 2 seatings 1st at 6:00/6:30 and 2nd at 9:00/9:30
Please call or email us below for reservations. 647.345.7005.
Apologies for the inconvenience. We will be closed Sundays. Until further notice.
JAMIE DRUMMOND VIDEO WITH OUR CONFIDENT AND COMPOSED CHEF CARLOS HERNANDEZ.
IN MY OPINION - FOR WHAT HE IS DOING FOR US AT MIDFIELD I BELIEVE THAT POUND FOR POUND HE IS ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST CAPABLE CHEFS IN THE CITY.
NOTE: Our menu is not a tapas menu, nor is it 'small' dish. you can certainly pick and choose and craft a full meal. This interview is from summer of 2013. Our current menu can be found in the 'menu' section of this site
Last Wednesday January the 15th a good 20 adventurous and wine curious souls made it out to our intro to the wines of Loire Valley tasting. I introduced them to the freshness of Muscadet, the brilliant versatility Chenin Blanc in 3 different styles
a) sparkling methode traditionelle
b) Vouvray AOC demi-sec and
The astonishment was polarizing as I revealed to them that all three wines a, b and c were of the same grape. Needless to say we had a few converts to Chenin! The last of the white wines was a lovely Sancerre from the Sauvignon Blanc grape which shared the glory with the Chenin(s). The final flight of 3 wines were reds from Cabernet Franc. Nothing to do with Cabernet Sauvignon other than genetic parentage. Tasting the wines from Anjou, Saumur-Champigny and Chinon resulted in silence, then murmurs and conversations of pure delight. Aromatic, playful, complex and easy to understand. Many expected jammy blue fruit, not today. Charles M. who was accustomed to big Cali Cabs and the mother of Alyssa, who never drinks red where on to something new!
I brought in some a bloomy rind goats milk cheese, called Le Chevrot from outside of just outside the town of Poitou in Loire and chef prepared roasted quails on a mushroom ragu with beans and potato. A small feast for the senses!
Thank to all who came out!
the discovery was amazing
some of the wines