Thursday, September 3, 2009

Off to the Races Again…Ontario Wine Society’s Bin End Dinner

We are a group of people who like our wine but, for the last four years, the Ontario Wine Society has gathered at Woodbine Race Track for an evening of horse racing. Now, make no mistake, there has been great food and even greater Ontario wine but with the way we get once the horses hit the track, there is no mistaking the electricity in the air. Hopefully we had a bunch of winners in our picks for each race but, from the sounds of the evening, some people definitely knew how to pick their horses well. Instead of being in our usual Trackside Tent, this year, we were high above the action in the Northern Dancer Room. Up on the fifth floor, high above the Slots area at Woodbine Race Track, the Northern Dancer room is just as it sounds – a tribute to the famed Canadian Thoroughbred Racehorse who was also named as “one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history” by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The food, as usual, was spectacular with a buffet lining one long wall and a dessert table that several people (myself included) went back for seconds to. We enjoyed a Riesling reception followed by white and red wines on the table and, in the end, some delicious Icewines, late harvests and even a Port style wine or two to nosh on.

So, for those of us who attended, which do you prefer – Trackside Tent or Northern Dancer Room? For those who could not attend, would you prefer a different venue? Since pictures are worth a thousand words, perhaps it would be better if we simply showed you what you missed…

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