We can now announce some details regarding a couple of exciting winter events we have in the works.
Firstly, I am floored by the response to our Treadwell’s Winemaker Dinner on January 26. Based on the turnout to previous dinners, James and I had anticipated the usual 25-30 loyal Five Rows fans who had joined us in the past. However, within a week of the dinner announcement this year it became apparent that we were going to need a bigger boat. The enthusiastic request for seats meant the entire restaurant would have to be closed down to accommodate our ever-expanding group of friends.
What a great night it should be! I’ve had a chance to preview the proposed menu and can report that Stephen and James have outdone themselves yet again. The wines we have chosen to showcase are: 2011 Pinot Gris, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Pinot Noir, 2008 Shiraz and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine. Most of these wines have been sold out for a while, so we had to source them from Wilma’s personal library (it took some convincing). I also plan to bring along a surprise barrel sample, as this was very well received last year. Any requests?
The 25th Anniversary Cuvée Celebration will take place March 1-3rd. In an effort to reflect the nostalgic theme this year, we’ve decided to dip into our library for the Cuvée En Route tasting sessions. Anyone wishing to visit us over that weekend is invited to participate in the first ever Five Rows Pinot Noir vertical tasting, featuring wines from 2007, 2008 and 2009. I hope to collect some useful feedback to better advise those who’ve resisted temptation and continue to age these wines in their cellar. Please email or call if you plan to stop in over the weekend so we can determine how many bottles might be required.