Good food, good wine, good times at Wines of the Globe

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Editorial - BY ROSALYN ROY Rosalyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

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.”

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

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.

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

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.

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Linda Spencer, who tends to pre­fer medium-bod­ied wines, be­lieves Cana­dian wines are very much un­der­rated.

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

Ju­lia In­gram, who hosted the New­found­land wine ta­ble, is one of the many vol­un­teers who helped make Wines of the Globe a suc­cess.

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