I broke the social distancing protocols here in Canada and had a couple of old time pals over for dinner and wine. The occasion was two-fold, a belated birthday for the the better half and my first wine session after being five weeks away from home. I really copped it from some of my aquaintences on a facebook group. What a waste of time they are. Anyway, about the tasting. We served spanikopita wrapped in thinly sliced basturma, sauteed shrimp and asparagus, Martin Zwick's Paprike Hendl, and roast lamb with mushroom and potato. All the wines were served blind. It was four people, seven bottles of wine and some rum, therefore notes are skimpy. Here was the lineup: N/V Bellavista 'Cuvee Franciocorta' Brut, Italy (12.5%) This had a few years of age under its belt and the moussse was decidedly restrained. It had fine bubbles, was a bit light bodied and was fairly lemony and acidic. It is a nice aperitif wine but not very complex. 1995 Tyrrell's Vat 47 Pinot Chardonnay, Hunter Valley (13%) This is an iconic Australian Chardonnay, perhaps one of the earliest and certainly the most famous. The colour was a light gold indicating some age and one friend, on sniffing it immediately pronounced it a Burgundy. My other friend concurred, though he wondered if the oak profile might suggest an Australian chardonnay with an outside chance of it being from South Africa. The nose offered plenty of interest, nutty oak, lightly honeyed, and rather spicy. The palate was complex, broad, and long, the oak present but refined and deft. A truely nice wine. 1998 Hamilton 'Marion Vinyard' Grenache Shiraz, Adelaide 14%) This is a rare and unique wine from a vineyard that is in the urban municipality of Marion whithin Adelaide. Hamilton used to make the wine from the vineyard but I believe this is no longer the case. I only gave it a quick decant before serving because it looked a little light through the bottle. It quite feral and full of barnyard elements but this slowly disappeared and was replaced by a rather vibrant red-fruited nose. This was in a very nice place, complex, mature, garrigue-like, and long. Everyone was sure that it was an old world wine. Surprise, surprise. 1990 Pesquera Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain (13%) I was looking for something else in the cellar when I came across this. Jodie and I had been enjoying the 2014 Pesquera earlier this year so I thought she would really appreciate tasting an older bottle of the same winme. When I inserted the prongs into the cork it immediately started to leak wine along the sides but the cork came out nice and clean, soaked all the way through. This was a very nice wine, ripe, mature, and very Rioja-like, which what was guessed by those at the table. Drinking well now but not sure it is one to keep much longer. 2004 Triacca 'San Domenico' Sforzato di Valtellina, Italy (15%) This wine was clearly Italianate but otherwise flummoxed me. I did not pick it to be a nebbiolo and certainly not an amarone style. This was my first sforzato and I have to say I was impressed. Very, very nice. 2005 Montes 'Purple Angel', Colchagua, Chile (14.5%) Clearly a new world wine but the depth and intensity was impressive. I've had this before but did not recognise it, though at some point I dismissed the usual suspects and said it might be a carmenere. This is a very nice wine and will certainly last for many more years. 1988 Fonseca 'Guimaraens', Vintage Port (20.5%) At this stage I cannot remember what people guessed but I'm almost certain they said vintage port and they would have been right, except that it was a single quinta. This was still quite youthful and fresh, lots of intensity, but quite broad and defined. A very nice port and well worth savouring. I wish I had more. We finished with some Favell's London Dock Rum, the 57.1% version bottled in Canada.