Burmester 10-Year-Old Tawny Port: A Slice of Mincemeat Pie Please

As we are now in a lockdown in Toronto and Peel is going out and buying a mincemeat pie for Christmas from my favourite pie shop going to get me arrested and sentenced to hard labour by the Ontario COVID Imperial Tribunal? Of course I make a bold assumption that while big box stores like Costco are open to the public my local retail pie shop has survived another lockdown. It seems quite evident the Ford government favours multinational (i.e. American) big box stores permitting them to remain open but closes the door to the public for small businesses here in Toronto. Perhaps he wishes I contribute to the obscene wealth of Jeff Bezos Amazon Man as opposed to supporting local small businesses?

Sorry but a taste of this Tawny has my mind riveted to how good it would be with a mincemeat tart or slice of mincemeat pie. As my family members are prohibited from joining my wife and I for Christmas dinner as they do not live in our household the Premier on Ontario’s logic, or that which is dictated to him by his unelected “health team” perhaps a fish burger from big box McDonald’s or a chunk of greasy chicken from Popeyes is better for my safety and health? It is amazing how COVID has augmented the wealth of billionaires in record amounts while food banks are the second hottest business in town. Do I smell conspiracy theory here?

The Burmester Tawny has a brick orange colour. On the nose marmalade, tangerine, almonds and honey. On the palate Amaretto orange cookies, burnt caramel and apricot jam tinged by a spicy framework and a very long finish. It is long enough to contemplate that as far as COVID politics go the fish stinks from the head down. I’d sell my soul for a slice of mincemeat pie with a wee dram of this Port but the way things are progressing the COVID Imperial Tribunal in Ontario may allot me very graciously the right to leave my home for a McDonald’s apple turnover. What incredible delightful luxury. (Burmester 10-Year-Old Tawny Port , Sogevinus Fine Wines, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, $29.95, 750 mL, LCBO # 223958, 20%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100)

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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