Well, the first Toronto offline is over, and I must say, it was one hell of an evening. I had a great time, and it was a pleasure meeting those forumites that I didn't know prior to the event.
Forumites in attendance:
Bowhunter1961 (not a forumite yet, but might be soon)
SmartHotelier (not a forumite yet, but might be soon)
The first flight, Bordeaux, was served with a lovely beef tenderloin, potatoes, beet puree, and some other veg. It was an excellent pair for the flight.
Wines were poured single-blind and then ranked 1-6 by each member (10 votes in total). The results were tallied; lowest score was considered WOTF.
1 - 13 points - 1982 Chateau Palmer
2 - 29 points - 1994 Chateau L'Evangile
3 - 38 points - 1975 Chateau Brane-Cantenac
4 - 39 points - 1999 Chateau D'Armailhac
5 - 41 points - 1999 Chateau Lynch-Bages
6 - 50 points - 1996 Chateau D'Ardennes
Complete Tasting Notes - Bordeaux Flight
Baird6869 ran the table on the flight and guess all six wines correctly!
The second flight was Australian Cabs or blends.
1 - 15 points - 1999 Rosemount Mountain Blue
2 - 38 points - 1995 Wolf Blass Black Label
3 - 43 points - 1998 Penley Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
4 - 44 points - 2000 Rosemount GSM
5 - 47 points - 1998 Reynella Basket Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon (tie)
5 - 47 points - 1998 Penfolds RWT (tie)
7 - 55 points - 1999 Elderton CSM
Complete Tasting Notes - Australian Other Flight
SmartHotelier cleaned up getting 5/7 correct!
The third and final flight was Australian Shiraz. A very tasty bumbleberry pie was served with it.
1 - 15 points - 2000 Pirramimma Reserve Shiraz
2 - 29 points - 1999 Leasingham Bin 61 Shiraz
3 - 35 points - 2001 Elderton Shiraz (January TAA!)
4 - 40 points - 1999 Penfolds St. Henri Shriaz (tie)
4 - 40 points - 2002 Marquis-Philips Shiraz (tie)
6 - 45 points - 1998 Merrivale Tapestry Bin 338 Shiraz
7 - 48 points - 1997 Penfolds Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz
Complete Tasting Notes - Australian Shiraz Flight
SmartHotelier matched his score from the previous flight, guessing another 5/7 correctly!
As mentioned, I had a great time. A huge thanks to DoktaP for being the driving force in organizing this event. It wouldn't have happened without all your hard work.
Looking forward to the next one!