Good morning, friends! And a very happy Friday morning to you all! Sadly, we are not leading into another long weekend this time – unless you are in the USA, and in which case, Happy Memorial Day weekend to you! – but it is a weekend, nonetheless, and we are kicking it off with the new feature we promised you back on Tuesday!
We’re still kinda/sorta without a name for this feature, but for today, anyway, we are calling it Willow Team Adventure #1, and we’ll see if that sticks. It’s pretty catchy, and we are going on adventures, so it’s fitting! And what sort of adventure got it all started? Well, we are so glad you asked!
Last Saturday, Kim and I headed over to Toast Wine Bar for an event that they were calling Rosé All Day, because how can you resist something – anything – with rosé in the title?!? Rosé is the quintessential summer wine, and what better way to kick off the summer season than with an event dedicated to rosé exclusively?
Now first, a little background. If you don’t know Toast Wine Bar, well we highly recommend making a little trip down to John St. North to get yourself acquainted with them. And before you do that, you can read a nice introduction on their website, and find out a bit more about the two rad women who run the place!
Toast is housed in a gorgeous old Hamilton building and retains that kind of old-school charm that is so great to see in the downtown core, complete with big windows that invite the sunshine right in, and a bright, airy feel that just can’t help but make you smile.
And, in case you read “Wine Bar” and thought “oh dear, that sounds a bit upscale and/or pretentious” let me please quickly tell you that nothing could be further from the truth! The vibe is as friendly, welcoming and comfortable as can be. As well, whether you’re an aficionado of the finer wines of the world, just starting on your journey to wine appreciation, or somewhere in between, Toast has a spot just for you.
But back to the rosé!
The event itself was hosted by Danielle, aka New Age Nonna, who was our fun and friendly guide to the flight of wines we received. Danielle is a Sommelier, so she knows a LOT about wine, and we really loved this introduction to who she is on her website:
A Nonna is so much more than a grandmother; she is, in every sense of the way, the matriarch of the family who imparts wisdom, tough love, kindness and a whole lot of great food for her family and friends. New Age Nonna is a modern take on providing the insight, wisdom and expertise on wine, food and living the good life. It is about bringing people together to share stories and build relationships over a good bottle (or two) of wine and some great food.
Once our wines were poured, Danielle gave us a little insight into the types of wines we were about to taste, then let us get at it!
Toast provided some pretty pink snacks for us to pair with our wines, and it was fun to be able to take a sip and then a bite of something delicious, to see how it went. It turns out that rosé is great with a lot of different snacks – lucky for us we got to try our wines with chorizo, strawberries, candied salmon, pickled onion, and a beautiful and tasty rosewater popcorn. Did I mention everything was a version of pink?!? Pretty AND fun to eat!
Once we were nearly through with our chatting, sipping, and snacking, Danielle took the stage once again and gave us even more information about the wines we were enjoying, the wineries where they were produced, and other ideas for food pairings. Always great when you can leave an event like this and feel like not only have you enjoyed some lovely food and wine, but you’ve also learned something! Wine education really is up there with our favourite kinds of education.
We also learned from Danielle that she is available to host private wine tasting parties as well as events like the one at Toast, so we do encourage you to check out her website, follow her on Instagram (@NewAgeNonna) and get in touch if you’re in need of a fun few hours with a wine expert.
And finally, well, what did we taste? Ah, we’ve saved the best for last! The wine details are:
2027 Rosé (2027 is a ‘virtual winery’, based within Featherstone Winery, and you can read more about virtual wineries here: https://savvycompany.ca/2027-cellars/)
The Good Earth Rosé (link to the winery, wine not currently available on site)
Such a gorgeous lineup!
A big thank you to Toast Wine Bar for putting on this lovely afternoon, and please do follow them on social media as well, to stay up-to-date with future events and specials: Instagram and Twitter @toasthamont. And another thank you to Danielle, New Age Nonna, for sharing her knowledge and expertise, and a big thank you also to Kim, for a super fun Willow Team Adventure! Looking forward to many more.
Thanks for reading, everyone! It’s nearly the weekend, hope you have plans to enjoy some delicious wine and food with family and friends over the next couple of days. Cheers to YOU!