A couple weeks ago, Nicki and I bet on our first horse. And we lost… miserably. We didn’t care much, though, as this was just a small wager given us when we arrived at Turf Lounge for 14 Hands Vineyards’ #HotToTrotWine event.
The room was full of a mix of tastemakers and VIPs… and then us. Part belated celebration of the winery’s white wine launch on the Canadian market, part celebration of horse racing, (our) part celebration of canapes and wine instead of late night office work.
14 Hands Vineyards is a mid-sized winery in Washington – the State, not home of Romney’s failure – that imbues its brand essence with allusions of wild horses. (They even enlist the talents of artist Cynthia Sampson to bring to life the fervour of the mascots on the bottles’ labels.)
Just over a year ago, 14 Hands released their Hot to Trot Red Blend to our domestic market, and following in its success the launch of the crisp Hot to Trot White Blend also gave track-lovers a new derby pairing. (Luckily, us neophytes to racing can also enjoy a glass chilled to perfection.)
The evening taught me a couple things: 1) Though I am not hot to trot, my wine can be; 2) Horse racing, like all racing and sports for that matter, is only exciting if you have money on the line; 3) They haven’t updated the broadcast cameras since 1972 at most tracks in the States; 4) Don’t tell Nicki which horse to bet on because she’ll blame you for its loss.
14 Hands Vineyards’ Hot to Trot White and Red Blends are available at an LCBO near you.