MY 2022 WsOTY are heavily weighted towards 4 events: The Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal ™ 10th Anniversary dinner, the Mike Grammer hosted 2022 MEOW event, our Canadian Thanksgiving in the tiny hamlet of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, USA at our brother Berto Dorta’s and the 2022 Halpern Wine Tasting event. I did manage to provide one wine in own WOTY list but that doesn’t bode well for my collecting habits over the last decade. Time to depressure the cellar a la MEOW event style which is happening in Summer 2023 and then recalibrate selectively. Stay tuned for that announcement. On with the show
Louis Roederer 2008 Cristal (TWEC 10th Anniversary/Canadian Thanksgiving in USA 2022)
Louis Roederer 2008 Cristal Rosé (TWEC 10th Anniversary)
Pol Roger 2006 Sir Winston Churchill (Canadian Thanksgiving in USA 2022)
Egon Muller 2020 Scharzhofberger Spatlese (Halpern 2022)
Hugel 2013 Grossi Laue Pinot Gris (Halpern 2022)
Keller 2013 Riesling RR (Canadian Thanksgiving in USA 2022)
Hugel 2013 Grossi Laue Pinot Noir (Halpern 2022)
Seavy 1994 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Dinner at Paese with Chris Kostye and Catherine)
Dominus 2003 Dominus Napa Valley (Christian Moueix) (TWEC 10th Anniversary)
1998 Carmes Haut-Brion (MEOW 2022)
Fattoria dei Barbei 2010 Brunello di Montacino (MEOW 2022)
Klein Constantia 2016 Vin Constance (Halpern 2022)
Hugel 2012 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive (Halpern 2022)
Domaine Huet 2005 Clos du Bourg Vouvray Moelleux Premiere Trie (Dinner at Auberge du Pommier with Chris Kostye and Catherine)
Domaine Huet 2008 Le Mont Premiere Trie Vouvray (Canadian Thanksgiving in USA 2022)
Feiler-Artinger 2010 Ruster Ausbruch (Dinner at Paese with Chris Kostye and Catherine)
Kracher 2004 Scheurebe #4 TBA (Return of Bernie - Dinner at Velouté)
Kracher 2017 Chardonnay #10 TBA (TWEC 10th Anniversary)
Chateau Yquem 2001 Sauternes (MEOW 2022)
Chateau Rieussec 2001 Sauternes (MEOW 2022)
DISCOVERIES OF THE YEAR 2022
My criteria for Discovery of the Year is simple. Did it make me raise my eyebrow in surprise? Yes? To the point where I actually felt compelled to look up the wine on the Interweb just to learn more about it? Yes? It wins.
2017 A.F. Gros Moulin-A-Vent (MEOW 2022) – A Burgundy producer taking their first crack at Beaujolais and upending the whole process by forgoing carbonic maceration. The result was a superb Gamay wine unlike any I’ve had before.
1998 Carmes Haut-Brion (MEOW 2022) – I really hate Bore-dough wine. Overrated. Too expensive. Tastes like an ashtray. And then this gem comes along forcing me to reconsider my entire stance because I was so taken with it. This could get expensive in the future, because I am definitely up for more of this maker’s Bordeaux.
Feiler-Artinger 2010 Ruster Ausbruch (Dinner at Paese with Chris Kostye and Catherine) – A sweet boytris wine style that nobody’s ever heard of that turns out to best Kracher at its own game. Had I known how good this would be, I would have bought it by the caseload.
2022 SOTYs (BONUS)
Redbreast 27 YO Ruby Port Cask Irish Whiskey (Canadian Thanksgiving in USA)
Laphroig 25 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Canadian Thanksgiving in USA)
Delord 1798 Bas-Armagnac (TWEC 10th Anniversary)