Chenin Revolution

A Chenin Revelation! South Africa Chenin vs Loire and World Examples with the who's who of Toronto Somm and media 

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Ken Forrester of SA, with Will Predhomme & Veronique Rivest holding court

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Szabo and Lawrason (centre and right - my former instructors) reporting on South Africa Chenin Blanc 

 

Meet your Maker

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. 

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Cab(ernet) Ride

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! 

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the blind tasted wines. 

The Henry of Pelham was a favourite as was the Tuscan Sangiovese/Cab blend and the St. Estephe Bordeaux.  

 

The tasters. Post steak frites and Cabernet 

The tasters. Post steak frites and Cabernet 

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IVANUKNOWN 'FICKLE' NEW ALBUM LISTENING PARTY MAR. 22nd

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

get the sound at iTunes or listen at ivanuknown.bandcamp and check Facebook 

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Spanish Flare

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.  

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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. 

 

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We finished the tasting with some of his cru wines ALTOS 2004 and ALTOS LANZAGO 2010 from Rioja. Amazing. 

Benvenuto Brunello

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. 

Nicholas Pearce of Tannin/NP Wines & Tommasi Crotonesi of La Manella in Brunello

Nicholas Pearce of Tannin/NP Wines & Tommasi Crotonesi of La Manella in Brunello

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. 

 

Riesling Revival

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! 

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the line up. Open & blind tasted. 

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the new fans.

A CONVERSATION WITH OUR CHEF CARLOS HERNANDEZ - VIDEO AND INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE DRUMMOND OF GOOD REVOLUTION

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

La Gloire de la Loire

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

c) SavennieresAOC

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! 

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the discovery was amazing 

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some of the wines

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the aftermath.