Written By Guest Writer Libations / Victoria / Wine Events Oct 5, 2017 Crush ~ A Fine Wine Affair, Sunday, October 22, 2017 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest“A Benefit for The Belfry Theatre at the Inn at Laurel Point” The Belfry Theatre’s annual fine wine auction returns to the Inn at Laurel Point October 22. The live auction is a remarkable theatrical experience itself! Roshan Vickery is auctioneer extraordinaire and sommelier and wine educator Earl Wilde is the auction host. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or simply a lover of good wine, you will enjoy the range of spectacular and uncommon wines. Here is a look at just two tempting live auction lots, as described by local writer Robert Moyes:Château Leoville Barton: 1990 (France)Donated by Anonymous: Value for two bottles: $508Intriguingly, Château Leoville Barton has no château – it makes its wines at the adjoining sister property, Château Langoa Barton. But that hasn’t stopped this “second growth” St.-Julien property from producing one of the go-to wines of Bordeaux – especially for those who prize masculine and traditional wines that age heroically. The 1990 bottling is considered one of the great vintages, and it certainly won over wine maven Janis Robinson: “Very, very rich and velvety. Meaty and seductive . . . very sweet and drinking beautifully now.” The WineSearcher scribes rated it between 91 and 94, with comments ranging from “sweet, evolved flavours with herbs and layers of cedar” to “lovely wine to enjoy now.” CellarTracker was even more impressed, with ratings in the mid-90s and assessments such as “lovely elegance” and “this is a fully mature and delicious old claret providing wonderful drinking now.” Is that roast lamb I smell? Château Cos d’Estournel: 2001, FranceDonated by Scott Fowler; Value: $476Many wine collectors pay particular attention to Bordeaux, which produces a treasure trove of superb wines that the world just can’t get enough of. Case in point is this lovely 2001 bottling from Château Cos d’Estournel, one of only five Grand Cru Classé-rated wineries in the Saint-Estephe region of southwestern France. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot. It has been getting rave reviews from name-brand critics like James Suckling (who rated it a 95) and Robert Parker (who gushed: “A beautiful effort…stylish, restrained yet substantial”). And Steve Tanzer of International Wine Cellar added: “Fat and sweet but shapely, with impressive density and underlying structure.” There is considerable consensus online that this wine will deliver even more if it cellars for another several years (Saint-Estephe wines tend to be robust, tannic, and slow to mature).Crush also features tastings from 38 of BC’s best wineries and cider houses, hors d’oeuvres, live musical entertainment and more. Chef Takashi Ito of the Inn at Laurel Point will dazzle your palate with exquisite cuisine to complement the fine wine tastings. The silent auction features wine gift baskets and packages, dining, travel and other unique experiences of interest to the wine lover in every price bracket.Tickets are $95 and all proceeds benefit the 42st anniversary season of Victoria’s leading professional theatre company and newly renovated heritage venue.Further information including a sneak peek at more live auction lots, and to buy tickets: www.belfry.bc.ca/crush. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.