Good food, good wine, good times at Wines of the Globe
PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – The 9th annual Wines of the Globe was held on Saturday night, March 17 as part of Winter Carnival celebrations.
Initially the popular wine show wasn’t part of carnival, but when Port aux Basques Lions Club president Valerie Clarke saw bigger centres hosting their own shows, she thought a smaller-scale show here would work too.
“People are starting to get accustomed to the different wines now. Before it was like the bubblies and stuff like that. Now people are moving into the moscatos and the pinot grigios and even up to the drier wines.”
Guests can learn a bit more about the wines at each table, and many took quick snaps of their new favourites.
Justin Blacker was also enjoying the wide variety of wines but managed to settle on a choice for the night.
“’Twist of Fate’ was good,” said Blackler. “I prefer red. I prefer medium.”
Accompanying the wines was a veritable feast for the eyes, nose and mouth. Dan Clarke of Poppy Dan’s Kitchen spent three days with a team of six helpers preparing snacks, treats and hors d’oeuvres designed to stimulate the palate and accompany the wines. He started laying out the food and designing the towers at 9 a.m. the day of the show.
“All these strawberries here dipped in chocolate, and the clementines, my granddaughter (Avery LeRiche), eight years old, did all these,” said Poppy Dan. “She did them last year too, and she came back again this year.”
Also coming back were regular attendees like Georgina Rose, who has developed a preference for American wines, although she likes German and Australian wines also.
“I have a grand time here. I haven’t missed one.”
That loyalty is important not only to the success of the show, but to the people it helps in the region.
“All of the money raised from the tickets and the sales (on prizes) obviously goes back into our community,” said Clarke, who expressed her gratitude to the guests and volunteers. “Hopefully this is an event we can continue as long as there’s public support and people enjoy the evening.”
Winter Carnival patron Joan Chaisson, Goldie Hardy and carnival mascot Gateway Gus sampled the offerings and entertained the crowd. Chaisson recommends Long Flat, an Australian white.
Dan Clarke of Poppy Dan’s Kitchen and Lions Club president Valerie Clarke helped organize another night of good food, wine and fun at this year’s Wines of the Globe.
Linda Spencer, who tends to prefer medium-bodied wines, believes Canadian wines are very much underrated.
Julia Ingram, who hosted the Newfoundland wine table, is one of the many volunteers who helped make Wines of the Globe a success.