I had the opportunity to check out a great festival of French wines at the Kensington Wine Market on Friday, March 9, 2018. It’s a cozy, boutique store (translation: there’s not a lot of room), but they made great use of the space, including the back room. Attendance was high. In fact, I’m not really sure how they fit everyone it, but it worked and I didn’t even feel like a little sardine.
French Wines and A Lot of Them!
There were wines from all over France represented at the event – and a lot of them! Approximately 85 different bottles in total. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but the experts at each station made things easy to understand and the staff was wonderful. It was obvious people were having an amazing time while still tasting responsibly. The staff made sure everyone was pouring within AGLC guidelines and there were spit buckets and water at every station, which the staff tended to regularly. Cheese was supplied by Peasant Cheese Shop, also a local favourite.
My Top 4 Wines from the Tasting Event:
Wow! What a decadent wine. It amazes me how it can come on so fruity and juicy and finish so clean. That balance of RS and acidity is remarkable. Lots of complexity: ginger, floral, tropical fruit, baking spice and honey. Rich, full texture with mouthwatering acidity. Thai food, spicy Asian fusion or Indian food – all great pairings… Or sip blissfully with a good book.
Chablis, Burgundy, France
Everything you want in high quality Chablis. Mineral, Meyer lemon, great acidity and textured mouthfeel. Perfect with oysters or ceviche. An absolute dream of a wine and still affordable. Don’t hesitate to grab a bottle if you see one.
Bold but balanced. Tonnes of fruit flavour on the palate, but NOT a giant, boozy fruit bomb. At only 13.5% abv, it gives you flavour intensity without punching you in the mouth. Medium body. Medium tannins. Medium acidity. Enough complexity to be interesting as well as easy to drink. Would be great with medium cheeses, olives and charcuterie. Over delivers for its low price.
Mercurey, Burgundy, France
All the earthiness and barnyard you want in an old world Pinot Noir and then some. Mix in intense red fruit aromas and I wanted to smell this wine for hours. The palate was equally complex, yet very approachable. Great acidity to carry through the soft, subtle tannins. Really long finish. Kept wanting to go back for more. A fine example of quality Burgundy.
Kensington Wine Market (KWM) Wine Tasting Event Schedule
You can check out the Kensington Wine Market schedule for upcoming events. Book early as many of the events sell out. It took me a while to find parking, but that could have been avoided if I had planned ahead. I strongly suggest to either take transit into Kensington Village (there is a C-Train stop nearby) or go into the neighbourhood early and have dinner first to avoid parking issues. There are some great restaurants and shops nearby if you want to make a nice evening of it.