The wow factor as I walked into the sumptuous lobby of the Governor’s Room in the heart of the Exhibition Place is high.
This is not just any room, it is a lavish, opulent and enormous ballroom. I proceeded through the enormous ornate wooden doors.
Upon entering, I was warmly welcomed by a lovely lady who handed me an empty wine glass and my journey started.
The Profile Wine Group is a coalition of three wine merchants: Barrique Wine Imports, VinVino Wine Merchants, and Du Chasse Wines and Spirits. They are one of Canada’s premier wine and spirit agencies with a very impressive portfolio.
With such an enormous amount of samples offered, I was overwhelmed at first but became very enthused with the idea of trying new products, perhaps unusual blends or even items on my “to try before I die wish list”.
Armed with a meticulously organized booklet provided by the Profile Wine Group, I devised my plan. In order to beat the crowds, I studied the list of producers, their table locations and the samples offered. I eliminated wines that I had already tried and focused on a few special bottles.
As to be expected, I ended up trying quite a few samples and I discovered some stunning wines. Some of my favorites included the 2012 Montes’ Purple Angel, Somerston’s 2013 “Priest Ranch” Grenache Blanc, Dominio del Plata’s 2013 Crios Torrontes, J. Bouchon’s 2013 Carménère Block Series, Famille Picard’s 2012 Chassagne Montrachet, Pierre Sparr’s 2013 Gewurztraminer Reserve, Bersano’s 2014 Arneis, Castello di Quesceto’s 2009 Romantic as well as their 2011 Vin Santo, Tenuta Rocca’s 2014 Barbera, Vigneti del Vulture’s 2013 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture.
Merci Profile Wine Group for this awe-inspiring tasting!
Sommelier & Musician
Mymi is a sommelier, singer-songwriter, musician and voice-over artist with a serious and contagious passion for wine, food and music.
When asked why she is so enthusiastic about wine, she replies, “Wine connects so many elements of life that I absolutely love. From growing herbs and vegetables to cooking, eating, travelling, entertaining, studying. There is always something new to learn in the world of wine. Sharing my knowledge with people, no matter their level of expertise, is something I sincerely enjoy.”
Her qualifications include certifications from The Court of Master Sommeliers, The International Sommelier Guild, The Society of Wine Educators, The Ontario Wine Council and most recently, The French Wine Society. As a professional musician, she shares her knowledge of wine in an entertaining, down-to-earth, and unpretentious way.
She is completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma program, is in the early stages of creating a food/wine/music show is currently recording her first all-French album. Mymi is a regular contributor to NatalieMacLean.com.