We tasted seven wines and a port during the hour and 30 minute session, which included two whites, five reds and the port. However, when it came down to it we purchased the Cinq Diamante 2004 and the Malbec 2006. The Cinq Diamante means ‘five diamond’ and is aged for two years in French and American barrels before bottling. It consists of 30% each of Cabernet Sauvengion, Nebbiolo and Grenache grapes with 7% Malbec and 3% Syrah mixed in. The Malbec, as you would expect, consists of 100% Malbec grapes.
After the tasting, on reccommendation of winemaker Jeff, we went for Italian at Caio. The dinner was OK, huge portions, low cost, but average. What was unique was Belle Marie had a deal with the restaurant that allowed us to bring a bottle of our newly purchased Cinq Diamante into the restaurant with no corkage fee. Hoping Canada will soon adopt this policy, once the charging for some HST on the privledge can be figured out of course.
All in all, a great evening out!