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Thursday, October 17, 2019

The October 7 Event: Rogers & Company Portfolio Trade Tasting

The Date and Time:  Monday October 7, 2019  1:30 PM to 8PM
The Event: Rogers & Company Portfolio Trade Tasting
The Venue: George
The Target Audience: wine trade sommeliers and media
The Availability/Catalogue: New wineries this year include Tenuta Cocci Grifoni (Le Marche), Vignerons de Bel Air (Burgundy), and Tenute Falezza (Valpolicella). The catalogue was re-sorted this year by winery in alphabetical order, for the most part.
The Quote/Background: The catalogue had much info about each wine, including wine press  scores, size and number of wines per case, and space for notes.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine, preferring to be eclectic. Prices include HST but not bottle deposits.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2013 $50.95
-Altesino Brunello di Montalcino "Montosoli" 2014 $109.95  [my fave red]
-Barbour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa $223.95
-Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $274.95
-Bull & Gine Pieret DOQ Priorat 2013 $85.95
-Cain Five 2013 Napa $168.95
-Champagne Delamotte Bruct NV $60.95
-Champagne Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs d'Ay Grand Cru Brut NV $59.95
-Chateau Montelena Napa Chardonnay 2016 $75.95
-Chateau Montelena "The Montelena Estate" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $137.95 [value]
-Continuum Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa $357.95
-Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2018 $54.95
-Domaine Christian Moreau Pere et Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2017 $97.95
-Dominus Estate Napanook 2015 Napa $133.95
-Dominus Estate 2015 Napa $391.95
-Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa $130.95
-Duckhorn Napa Merlot "Three Palms" 2016 $130.95
-Chateau Corbin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 $71.95
-Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve IGT 2015 Tuscany $131.95
-Forman Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $144.95
-Grgich Hills Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $87.95
-Mas Doix "Salanques" 2016 Priorat $67.95
-Mas Doix "Doix" 2015 Priorat $152.95
-Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Rioja Gran Reserva Especial 2009 $175.95
-O'Shaughnessy Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa $154.95
-Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016 Sonoma $66.95  [my fave white]
-Paul Hobbs Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $132.95
-Pazo Senorans Albarino 2018 Rias Baixas $27.95
-Pio Cesare Barolo 2015 Piedmont $71.95
-Produttori del Barbaresco DOCG 2015 $54.95
-Quintessa Napa 2016 $212.95
-Red Cap Vineyards Howell Mountain  Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Napa $138.95
-Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2016 Sonoma $66.95
-Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2017 Napa $76.95
-Shafer One Point Five Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $136.95
-Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015 $423.95
-Ulysses Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa $280 LCBO Classics+478800
-Cobos Marchiori Estate Malbec 2016 Mendoza $266.95
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Brigaldara Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 $50.95
-Cain Five 2007 Napa $336.95
-Domaine des Hates Chablis 2018 $29.95
-Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2018 $41.95
-Duckhorn Decoy Sonoma County Merlot 2017 $32.95
-Dickhorn Napa Chardonnay 2017 $44.95
-Flowers Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 $54.95
-Frog's Leap Napa Chardonnay 2017 $43.95
-Mas Doix "Les Crestes" 2018 Priorat $39.95
-Mas Doix "1902" 2015  $379.95
-Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2014 $31.95
-Marques de Murrieta Capellania Rioja 2014 $43.95
-Marques de Murrieta Rioja Gran Reserva 2012 $77.95
-Mount Eden Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015 Santa Cruz $48.95
-Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 $32.95
-Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $64.95
-Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Santa Cruz $97.95
-Ridgeview Bloomsbury Brut NV Sussex $49.95
-Robert Craig "Affinity" Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $105.95
-Santa Barbara Winery Central Coast Chardonnay 2017  $22.95
-Tenuta Cocci Grifoni Tara Falerio DOC Pecorino 2018  $16.95  [value white]
-Terra Costantino "deAetna" Etna Bianco 2017 Sicily $30.95
-Truchard Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa $39.95
-Tr3smano "Vendimia" Ribera del Duero 2016 $76.95
-Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2016 Mendoza $42.95
-Vina Cobos Bramare Rebon Estate Malbec 2016 Mendoza $88.95
-Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2018 Mendoza $18.95
 
The Food: server platters of green figs, skewered chicken breast, and arancini. There were stationary platters of cheeses and biscuits.
The Downside: there was a hectic lineup to get in, but then this was 1:30 starting time.
The Upside: a great opportunity to speak with many principals.
The Contact Person: s.stoddart@rogcowines.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The September 24 Event: Profile Wine Group 2019 Portfolio Tasting

The Date and Time: Tuesday September 24 2019  2PM – 8:30PM
The Event: Profile Wine Group 2019 Portfolio Tasting
The Venue: Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place
The Target Audience: wine trade, media, private clients
The Availability/Catalogue: 57 wineries presented about 300 wines. All were available through the usual mechanisms of consignment, private orders, or the LCBO (as noted). Basic information included winery, name, vintage, availability channel, and price. The booklet was arranged by country and then by table within. Very convenient.
The Quote/Background: There was a special Vintages table with six recently released wines, while other LCBO products were scattered about the room. A map of all tables was provided in the booklet.
The Wines:  I did not taste every wine.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Devaux Cuvee Augusta $50.99  PO
-Champagne Devaux Coeur des Bar Blanc de Noir $59.99 Consignment
-Champagne Devaux Grande Reserve $60.99 Consignment
-Champagne Devaux Cuvee D $65.99 PO
-Champagne Devaux Ultra D $69.99 PO
-Champagne Devaux D Rose $79.99 Consignment
-Chateau de Nages Vieilles Vignes White 2017 $19.95 Vintages November
-Domaine des Deux Roches Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2017 $42.99 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Viognier La Violette 2018 $19.99 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Cote Rotie La Divine 2016 $109.99 PO
-Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2013 $129.99 PO
-Pierre Sparr Cremant Brut Rose NV $19.95 Vintages
-Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi Maremma Toscana 2016 $124.99 Consignment
-Lungarotti L'U Umbria Rosso 2016 $19.99 Consignment
-Rocca delle Macie Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014 $119.99 PO
-Tenuta Rocca Chiara Chardonnay Langhe 2017  $28.99 Consignment
-Segura Viudas Cava Brut Organic  $18.99 PO
-Segura Viudas Cava Torre Galimany Gran Reserva 2014 $24.99 PO
-Argyle Brut 2015   $29.99   PO
-J Lohr Cuvee POM 2015 $95.99  PO
-Markham Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  $59.99  Consignment
-Miner Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $117.99 PO
-Miner The Oracle 2014  $139.99  Consignment
-Palmaz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  $229.99  PO
-Palmaz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  $269.99  Consignment
-Peter Franus Coturo Napa Chardonnay 2015  $41.99  Consignment
-Peter Franus Brandlin Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  $99.99  Consignment
-Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2018  $34.99  PO
-Sbragia Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet 2014  $81.99 Consignment
-Somerston Priest Ranch Snake Oil 2016  $169.99  PO
-Textbook Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  $119.99  PO
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Palmaz Amalia Chardonnay 2016  $114.99  PO
-Miner Viognier 2017 $35.99 PO
-Miner Napa Chardonnay 2017 $44.99 Consignment
-Markham Napa Merlot 2016  $34.99  Consignment
-J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2017 $19.95 Vintages
-J Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2017 $34.95 Vintages
-Argyle Blanc de Noirs 2015  $53.99  PO
-Velenosi Reve Pecorino Offida 2017 $31.99 PO
-Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva 2011 $109.99 PO
-Bodega Garzon Reserva Albarino 2018 $21.95 Vintages
-La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gli Angeli 2013 $139.99 Consignment
-Dandelion Honeypot of the Barossa Roussane 2017 $19.95 Vintages
-Dandelion Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2016 $89.99 PO
-Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $74.99 PO
-Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2016 $19.95 Vintages July 2020
-Textbook Napa Chardonnay 2017   $32.99  Consignment
-Textbook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016   $39.99  Consignment
 
The Food: Cibo pasta from the steam table, Barrocco coffee, Speducci salumni and cured meats, breads.
The Downside: I had just come from another rich wine portfolio tasting.
The Upside: another chance to speak with producers.
The Contact Person: aprodhon@profilewinegroup.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90
 

Chimo! www.deantudor.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

The September 24 2019 Event: Odyssey: Galleon portfolio tasting

The Date and Time: Tuesday September 24 2019  1 – 4 PM
The Event: Odyssey: Galleon portfolio tasting
The Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade, media, private clients
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available in the LCBO system or by private order (PO). The catalogue was a model, with label reproductions, vintage years, CSPC, prices, and listed in table number order.
The Quote/Background: there were some 16 high-end premium wineries to be tasted. This is the fine wine boutique of the Phillippe Dandurand wine agency.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Orellana Malbec 2014 Mendoza $42.95 +178145 Vintages Nov
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 $84.95 Vintages December
-Dom. Nathalie & Gilles Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2016 $51.95  Consignment
-Ca' del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Magnum NV $110 Consignment
-Ca' del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Rose NV $67 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Prologue NV $67 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Page Blanche Brut NV $95 Consignment
-Champagne Labruyere Anthologie Brut NV $79 Consignment
-Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubin DOCG 2015 $57.95  Consignment
-Podere Castorani Amorino Abruzzo Pecorino Superiore Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 $22.95  Consignment
-Jose Maria da Fonseca J Alentejano 2015 $69.95  PO
-Familla Torres Vardon Kennett Cuvee Esplendor Penedes 2013 $44.95 Consignment
-Familla Tores Sons de Prades Chardonnay Conca de Barbera 2014 $40.95 Consignment
-Trinchero Neyers Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2015 $114.99 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Chile $19.95 Consignment
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Coletto Malbec 2014 Mendoza $42.95 +482968 Vintages
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 $250; 2017 $300 Consignment
-Joseph Drouhin Nuits St-Georges 2015 $79.95 Consignment
-Goerges Duboeuf Domaine des Preauds Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 $34.95 Consignment
-Ferrari Trento Brut NV $24.95 +352153 Vintages November
-Podere Castorani Scia Chardonnay Fiano Puglia 2017 $13.95 Consignment
-Jose Maria de Fonseca Hexagon White Peninsula de Setubal 2014 $45  PO
-Jose Maria de Fonseca Jose de Sousa Mayor Alentejano 2015 $52 PO
-Araex Grands Rolland & Galarreta Rueda 2016 $24.95  Consignment
-Torres Mas La Plana Penedes 2015 $53 Consignment
-Torres Grans Muralle Conca de Barbera 2015 $125 Consignment
-Marimar Estate Albarino Russian River Valley 2017 $39 Consignment
-Trinchero Ziata Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2016 $54 Consignment
-Trinchero Neyers Vineyards Left Bank Red Napa 2016 $74.99 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve Red 2015 $79.95  Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz La Cumbre Aconcagua Costa 2013 $89.95 Consignment
-Vina Errazuriz Kai Aconcagua Costa 2013 $149.95 Consignment
 
The Food: custom designed individual platters of four cheeses and four cold cuts, plus 21 different jars of dips, relishes, pickles, compotes, hummus, and truffled aioli. Breads and dried fruits, nuts.
The Downside: I had to leave early for my next event.
The Upside: a chance to speak with producers (eg, Errazuriz)
The Contact Person: dshing@galleonwines.ca
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95
 

Chimo! www.deantudor.com
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Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada http://winewriterscircle.ca
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for OCTOBER 12, 2019

 
WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES:  under/over $20 for OCTOBER 12, 2019
 
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
 
These notes for good wines available through  LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca  or at  http://www.deantudor.com
 
Scores are a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, e.g. a Southern Rhone would taste like a Southern Rhone) and QPR (Quality/Price Ratio value in the marketplace above or below its price).
 
NOTE: The first portion  is based on my sampling of the table wines chosen by the LCBO from this release for tasting. That presentation is about 50+  different labels out of about 125 released every two weeks. These wines are basically those that fit the categories of  any of the Featured Themes, Wines of the Month, Local Talent, and "new" -- wines that the LCBO has ordered in sufficient quantities for the Ontario marketplace. Not put out for us are the re-orders (even though they may be of a different vintage) , ISDs, or the expensive wines.  Thus, my report comes from a restricted database. I did not taste every one of these 50+ category wines, nor did I rate several of the wines I did sample because they did not seem to be of particularly good value in terms of their price.
 
NOTE: The second part (at the end) is a simple listing of  those wines that were NOT presented to the media, and are given here simply as a record of  what sampling I could not do. I have left in the name of the agency, in fairness to all.
 
PART ONE:  The "best" wines of a reduced tasting  --
 
THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FINDS --
 
Fizz+648618    GÉRARD BERTRAND THOMAS JEFFERSON BRUT ROSÉ CRÉMANT DE LIMOUX    Traditonal method, AP, Languedoc, France    2017    $22.95  12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  92
 
R+359810    SÉGLA    Second wine of Château Rauzan-Ségla, AC Margaux    2010    $68.95
13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 93
 
Under $20
=========
W+165670    MONTE DEL FRÁ CA' DEL MAGRO    DOC Custoza Superiore    2016    $19.95  13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
W+518985    MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES ANTEA    DOCa Rioja    2015    $16.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+677476    JIM BARRY COVER DRIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Coonawarra, South Australia    2016    $19.95     14.3% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+413237    GÉRARD BERTRAND SYRAH/GRENACHE    AP Languedoc    2015    $16.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  90
R+999946    REMO FARINA RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE    DOC    2017    $18.95     14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
W+557165    HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE RIESLING    VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2018    $19.95  11% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+ 37911    SAN PEDRO 1865 SELECTED VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON    DO Maipo Valley    2017    $19.95  14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 93
R+11837    CHÂTEAU LA CROIX ST-PIERRE GRANDE RÉSERVE    AC Côtes de Bordeaux - Blaye    2016    $19.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92
R+434464    CHÂTEAU SAINT-ANTOINE RÉSERVE DU CHÂTEAU    AC Bordeaux Supérieur    2015    $15.95   13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
R+10623    CALMEL & JOSEPH SAINT CHINIAN    AP    2015    $15.95  14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+328831    M. CHAPOUTIER BELLERUCHE CÔTES DU RHÔNE GRENACHE/SYRAH    AC    2017    $16.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+10359    FEUDO ARANCIO CABERNET SAUVIGNON    DOC Sicilia    2016    $15.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88
R+646893    BERGAMOTA PRIVATE SELECTION    DOC Dão    2015    $13.95     13% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.5
R+194753    RIOJA BORDÓN RESERVA    DOCa Rioja    2012    $19.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  90.5
R+471854    RIOJA VEGA CRIANZA    DOCa Rioja    2016    $16.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
 
Over $20
=========
W+11721    KARL ERBES ÜRZIGER WÜRZGARTEN RIESLING SPÄTLESE    Qualitätswein    2016    $26.95 7.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
W+616466    HENRY OF PELHAM SPECK FAMILY RESERVE CHARDONNAY    VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2017    $29.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89.5
R+647917    CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS    Cru Bourgeois, AC Saint-Estèphe    2014    $49.95
13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+74922    LUIGI BOSCA D.O.C. MALBEC    Single vineyard, DOC Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza    2016    $29.95     14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+ 469031    CUDDY BY TAWSE CABERNET/MERLOT    VQA Niagara Peninsula    2015    $27.95   13.5%ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+11581    DOMAINE QUEYLUS TRADITION CABERNET FRANC    VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula    2016    $27.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+73098    BURROWING OWL ESTATE BOTTLED CABERNET SAUVIGNON    BC VQA Okanagan Valley    2016    $44.95  14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+10463    CLINE SONOMA COAST SYRAH    Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County    2017    $22.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
R+10465    KLINKER BRICK BRICKMASON RED BLEND    Mokelumne River, Lodi    2016    $21.95 14.6% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+59683    TRUCHARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Carneros, Napa Valley    2015    $41.95    14.2% ABV, MVC/QPR:  88
R+963397    WENTE WETMORE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Single vineyard, Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay    2016    $29.95  14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+131888    DOUBLE CANYON HORSE HEAVEN HILLS CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley    2015    $29.95  14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+980334    BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA GRAN LURTON SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Uco Valley, Mendoza    2013    $24.95    15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+437954    CHÂTEAU PIERRE DE MONTIGNAC    Cru Bourgeois, AP Médoc    2014    $24.95 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+539924    DOMAIN MEGA SPILEO GRAND CAVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON    PGI Achaia    2011    $29.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+10129    FONTANABIANCA BORDINI BARBARESCO    DOCG    2015    $49.95    SELECT WINE  14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89
R+11595    TERRA COSTANTINO ETNA ROSSO    DOC    2016    $31.95 15.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89
R+378257    BANFI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG    2014    $56.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89
R+642496    BARÓN DE LEY GRAN RESERVA    DOCa Rioja    2012    $29.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  89
R+923748    DON JACOBO GRAN RESERVA    DOCa Rioja    2005    $38.95     14% ABV, MVC/QPR:  90
 
PART TWO: The "rest" of the release [not offered for media sampling by LCBO] with agents --
 
    667295    MANDOIS ORIGINE BRUT CHAMPAGNE    AC        $48.95    EPIC WINES AND SPIRITS INC.
    256289    BENJAMIN BRIDGE NOVA 7 SPARKLING    Nova Scotia    2018    $24.95    LIFFORD WINE & SPIRITS
    4085    GRAHAM BECK BRUT ROSÉ    Traditional method, WO Western Cape, South Africa    2013    $24.95    VINEXX
    89011    FEATHERSTONE SAUVIGNON BLANC    VQA Niagara Peninsula    2018    $17.95    FEATHERSTONE WINERY
    417774    DOMAINE QUEYLUS TRADITION CHARDONNAY    VQA Niagara Peninsula    2016    $27.95    PHILIPPE DANDURAND WINES LTD.
    256552    CAVE SPRING ESTATE CHARDONNAY    Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2017    $19.95    CAVE SPRING CELLARS LTD.,
    392357    KONZELMANN LAKEFRONT SERIES LATE HARVEST GEWÜRZTRAMINER    VQA Niagara Peninsula    2016    $15.95    KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY
    458778    JOEL GOTT CHARDONNAY    California    2017    $23.95    PHILIPPE DANDURAND WINES LTD.
    171272    J. LOHR ARROYO VISTA CHARDONNAY    Arroyo Seco, Monterey County    2017    $34.95    BARRIQUE WINE IMPORTS LTD.
    339689    BLACK STALLION CHARDONNAY    Napa Valley    2017    $29.95    SELECT WINE MERCHANTS INC.
    443507    SANTA EMA GRAN RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC    DO Leyda Valley    2018    $16.95    RUSSIAN STANDARD VODKA CANADA LTD
    458760    ELDERTON E SERIES CHARDONNAY    Barossa, South Australia    2017    $16.95    DIONYSUS WINES & SPIRITS LTD.
    924704    RAPAURA SPRINGS WAIRAU CLASSIC SAUVIGNON BLANC    Marlborough, South Island    2017    $21.95    VINEXX
    369850    KIM CRAWFORD PINOT GRIS    Marlborough, South Island    2019    $19.95    ARTERRA WINES CANADA INC.
    260240    JOSEPH CATTIN HATSCHBOURG PINOT GRIS    AC Alsace Grand Cru    2016    $23.95    DIONYSUS WINES & SPIRITS LTD.
    461640    WILLIAM FÈVRE CHAMPS ROYAUX CHABLIS    AC    2017    $28.95    WOODMAN WINES & SPIRITS
    16725    TERRES SECRÈTES LES PRÉLUDES SAINT-VÉRAN    AC    2017    $19.95    VINEXX
    363150    LE FILS DES GRAS MOUTONS MUSCADET SÈVRE-ET-MAINE SUR LIE    AC    2017    $15.95    CONNEXION OENOPHILIA
    485532    CHÂTEAU SAINT-NABOR CÔTES DU RHONE BLANC    AC    2018    $14.95    DB WINE & SPIRITS INC.
    517375    ROYAL TOKAJI LATE HARVEST TOKAJI    PDO    2017    $21.95    H.H.D. IMPORTS
    169169    CRITONE BIANCO VAL DI NETO    IGT    2017    $17.95    NOBLE ESTATES WINES & SPIRITS INC.
    SIGNATURE WINES & SPIRITS
    246413    THE MAGICIAN SHIRAZ/PINOT NOIR    VQA Niagara Peninsula    2016    $29.95    REIF ESTATE WINERY
    997353    INNISKILLIN MONTAGUE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR    Single vineyard, VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake    2016    $30.95    ARTERRA WINES CANADA INC.
    546473    REDSTONE LIMESTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR    VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2013    $21.95    TAWSE WINERY INC.
    275958    SOUTHBROOK SAUNDERS FAMILY VINEYARD CABERNET FRANC    Vegan friendly, single vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2017    $34.95    VINEXX
    59717    EARTHQUAKE ZINFANDEL    Lodi    2015    $42.95    CHURCHILL CELLARS LTD.
    732040    LA CREMA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR    Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County    2016    $18.95    B AND W WINES
    442459    VIÑALBA RESERVA MALBEC/TOURIGA NACIONAL    Uco Valley, Mendoza    2017    $18.95    GLENCAIRN WINE MERCHANTS
    255760    KOYLE ROYALE CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Los Lingues Vineyard, DO Colchagua Valley    2016    $24.95    TRAJECTORY BEVERAGE PARTNERS
    62364    MONTES PURPLE ANGEL    DO Colchagua Valley    2016    $62.95    VIN VINO WINE MERCHANTS INC.
    108183    SCHILD ESTATE GRENACHE/MOURVÈDRE/SHIRAZ    Barossa Valley, South Australia    2016    $19.95    NICHOLAS PEARCE WINES INC
    931600    CORIOLE ESTATE GROWN SHIRAZ    McLaren Vale, South Australia    2016    $24.95    DU CHASSE WINES & SPIRITS
    311258    WITS END LUNA SHIRAZ    McLaren Vale, South Australia    2017    $17.95    AZUREAU WINE AGENCY
    156869    RAPAURA SPRINGS PINOT NOIR    Marlborough, South Island    2017    $22.95    VINEXX
    10877    LOVICO GAMZA    AOC Suhindol    2015    $13.95    DEMETRA VP
    196121    DOMAINE DU PEGAU CUVÉE RÉSERVÉE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE    AC    2013    $78.95    WINEONLINE MARKETING COMPANY LTD
    667451    OGIER LES PAILLANCHES CROZES-HERMITAGE    AC    2017    $24.95    SELECT WINE MERCHANTS INC.
    437079    XAVIER VIGNON 100% CÔTES DU RHÔNE    AP    2016    $19.95    NOBLE ESTATES WINES & SPIRITS INC.
    251637    CAVE DE ROQUEBRUN ROCHES NOIRES    AC Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun    2016    $22.95    EUROVINTAGE INTERNATIONAL INC
    286393    CHÂTEAU PAUL MAS CLOS DES MÛRES    AP Languedoc    2017    $19.95    AUTHENTIC WINE & SPIRITS MERCHANTS
    562587    DOMAINE D'ALBAS ROUGE    AP Minervois    2016    $15.95    BONTA TRADING
    682781    MILDIANI KINDZMARAULI SEMI-SWEET RED    Kakheti    2016    $18.95    THE DOCHAS COMPANY INC.
    550350    EUGEN ALTSCHUH PINOT NOIR    Qualitätswein    2017    $19.95    LOUIS CHARLES AGENCY
    286708    LANTIDES NEMÉA AGIORGITIKO    PDO Neméa    2016    $19.95    NICHOLAS PEARCE WINES INC
    399907    SAN VINCENTI CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG    2016    $19.95    DB WINE & SPIRITS INC.
    943613    BARONE RICASOLI ROCCA GUICCIARDA RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG    2016    $24.95    CHURCHILL CELLARS LTD.
    403477    SAN FELICE IL GRIGIO GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG    2014    $48.95    CHARTON HOBBS INC
    324137    MASI RISERVA DI COSTASERA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO    DOCG    2013    $69.95    AUTHENTIC WINE & SPIRITS MERCHANTS
    552497    PELEE ISLAND LOLA CABERNET FRANC ROSÉ    VQA South Islands, Lake Erie North Shore    2018    $15.95    PELEE ISLAND WINERY
    588475    VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN VINTAGE BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE    With gift box, AC    2008    $111.95    CHARTON HOBBS INC
    36616    TABLAS CREEK CÔTES DE TABLAS BLANC    Adelaida District, Paso Robles    2017    $37.95    CHARTON HOBBS INC
    701748    CHATEAU MONTELENA CHARDONNAY    Napa Valley    2016    $74.95    ROGERS & COMPANY
    11644    DR. SIEMENS SERRIGER WÜRTZBERG RIESLING AUSLESE    Qualitätswein    2010    $19.95    H.H.D. IMPORTS
    667154    CONDE DE LOS ANDES BLANCO    DOCa Rioja    2015    $38.95    WINEWORLD IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS LTD
    646885    SOUTHBROOK LAUNDRY VINEYARD PINOT NOIR    VQA Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula    2016    $34.95    VINEXX
    393827    MORAINE PINOT NOIR    BC VQA Okanagan Valley    2017    $34.95    STEM WINE GROUP
    107367    CERES COMPOSITION PINOT NOIR    Bannockburn, Central Otago, South Island    2016    $36.95    VINOLUNA
    539973    DOMAINE SAINT-PRÉFERT CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE    AC    2016    $67.95    DBINO INC.
    279083    LA MANNELLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG    2013    $69.95    NICHOLAS PEARCE WINES INC
    236356    CASTELLO ROMITORIO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG    2013    $63.95    WINE LOVERS AGENCY INC.
    245225    FULIGNI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG    2013    $99.95    HALPERN ENTERPRISES
    348037    MASI RISERVA DI COSTASERA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO    DOCG    2013    $156.95    AUTHENTIC WINE & SPIRITS MERCHANTS
    442160    DOMAINE DES BERNARDINS MUSCAT BEAUMES DE VENISE    Vin doux naturel, AC    2017    $22.95    TERRA FIRMA WINES
                       
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Saturday, October 5, 2019

The September 19 2019 Event: Walk-around tasting of Italian and Spanish high quality wines (Native Grape Odyssey Maestro) in Toronto

The Date and Time:  Thursday September 19, 2019  3PM to 5PM
The Event: Walk-around tasting of Italian and Spanish high quality wines (Native Grape Odyssey Maestro)
The Venue: Peter Pan Restaurant
The Target Audience: wine media, sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available, mostly by consignment or by private order.
The Quote/Background: Vinitaly International acts as an aggregator for wine producers and helps them establish trade relations with wine markets, through exhibitions, tastings, and courses. They also coordinate the Native Grape Odyssey (NGO) educational project. Funding comes from the EU, the UIV [Italian] and the OIVE [Spanish] promotional groups to lobby for PDO and PGI wines in Japan, Canada and Russia. This tasting will also be back in 2020 in the Fall in Toronto.
The Wines: Coming from the Grandi Marchi, I did not try every wine. All prices should be licensee.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Animante NV  $43   Bonta Trading
-Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Brut Nature NV  $50   Bonta Trading
-Travaglini Gattinara 2015 $31.95 Nov Vintages
-Travaglini Gattinara Reserva 2013 $60  Classics October
-Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Sant Urbano $32.99  Lifford
-Speri Amarone 2013 $72.99  Lifford
-Feudi Greco di Tufo 2018 $21.99  Stem
-Feudi Taurasi 2014 $48.99  Stem
-Foradori Vigneti della Dolomiti Manzoni Bianco Fontanasanta 2018 $37.95  Living Vine
-Arianna Occipinti Terre Siciliane SP68 Rosso 2018  $32.95  Living Vine
-Vittorio Bera e Figli Moscato d'Asti 2018  $29.95  Living Vine
-'A Vita Vino Bianco Leuko 2018   $27.95   Living Vine
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Travaglini Gattinara Nebbiolo Coste Della Sesia 2017 $21.99 Lifford
-Montesecondo Rosso Toscana 2017 $27.95  Living Vine
-Antica Enotria Puglia Rosso 2017 $18.95  Living Vine
-Lunaria Coste di Moro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015  $23.95  Living Vine
 
The Food: charcuterie, cheese, popcorn, potato crisps, various breads and relishes.
The Downside: I had less time than I had thought, and the room was excessively crowded.
Unfortunately there were also ver few Spanish wines.
The Upside: a chance to taste consignment and private order wines.
The Contact Person: info@nativegrapeodyssey.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88
 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Sept 19, 2019 Event: Grandi Marchi: Instituto del Vino Italiano di Qualita

 The Date and Time: Thursday, September 19, 2019  2PM to 4:30PM
The Event: Grandi Marchi: Instituto del Vino Italiano di Qualita
The Venue: ROM
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: 17 producers (all family-owned) were arranged alphabetically, with full details about their companies and a listing of the wines being presented. No prices nor agents were specified.
The Quote/Background: This was the trade component to the evening consumer event.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alois Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay Alto Adige 2016
-Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Il Pareto Toscana Rosso IGT 2016
-Antinori Cont'Ugo Bolgheri 2016
-Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna 2018
-Ca'del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta NV Fizz
-Ca'del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta Rose NV Fizz
-Col D'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
-Col D'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2014
-Gaja Sito Moresco Langhe 2017
-Gaja Promis Ca'Marcanda Toscana IGT 2017
-Masi Agricola Riserva di Costasera Amarone Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2013
-Michele Chiarlo Palas Barolo 2015
-Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti 2018
-Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
-Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2015

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alois Lageder Chardonnay Alto Adige 2018
-Antinori Prunotto Barolo 2015
-Mastroberardino Novaserra Greco di Tufo 2018

The Food: from Daniel et Daniel, headed up by a fab artichoke parmesan white bean dip. Charcuterie, cheeses, terrines, dried fruit, breads, biscuits.
The Downside: it got crowded really fast
The Upside: a chance to taste some newer vintages in the Ontario marketplace.
The Contact Person: v.smith@ieeemusa.com
The Event’s Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES:  under/over $20 for SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
 
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
 
These notes for good wines available through  LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca  or at  http://www.deantudor.com
 
Scores are a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, e.g. a Southern Rhone would taste like a Southern Rhone) and QPR (Quality/Price Ratio value in the marketplace above or below its price).
 
Based on my sampling of the table wines chosen by the LCBO from this release for tasting. That presentation is about 50+  different labels out of about 125 released every two weeks. These wines are basically those that fit the categories of  any of the Featured Themes, Wines of the Month, Local Talent, and "new" -- wines that the LCBO has ordered in sufficient quantities for the Ontario marketplace. Not put out for us are the re-orders (even though they may be of a different vintage) , ISDs, or the expensive wines.  Thus, my report comes from a restricted database. I did not taste every one of these 50+ category wines, nor did I rate several of the wines I did sample because they did not seem to be of particularly good value in terms of their price.
 
THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FINDS --
 
Fizz+301655    DOMAINE CARNEROS BRUT CUVÉE SPARKLING    Traditional method, Napa Valley, California    2013    $41.95     13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
 
Sherry+10813    ALVEAR CAPATAZ SOLERA DE LA CASA FINO VIEJISI FINO    DO Montilla-Moriles  $26.95 15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
 
Under $20
=========
W+345389    SIMONSIG CHARDONNAY    WO Stellenbosch    2017    $19.95     13.5 % ABV, MVC/QPR:  90
W+295709    RABL LÖSS GRÜNER VELTLINER    Langenlois, DAC Kamptal    2017    $15.95   
MVC/QPR: 88.5
W+667535    JULIEN SCHAAL KALEIDOSCOPE RIESLING    AC Alsace    2017    $19.95     12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
W+667493    CHÂTEAU DE PONT TOURAINE    AC    2018    $16.95    12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
W+40642    DEU LA DEU ALVARINHO     Monção e Melgaço, DOC Vinho Verde    2018    $19.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
W+488734    CASTELO DO MAR ALBARIÑO    DO Rías Baixas    2018    $18.95     13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+10337    SOBILANE GRENACHE/SYRAH    IGP Côtes Catalanes    2015    $18.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+10316    SAINT MONT LES VIEILLES VIGNES AC 2014    $19.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+646059    MONTE CASCAS COLHEITA DOC Douro 2016    $14.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+642421    VALPANTENA TORRE DEL FALASCO RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA    DOC    2016    $17.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
 
Over $20
=========
W+58651    WINE BY JOE PINOT GRIS Oregon 2017    $22.95     13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
W+10342    CHARTRON ET TRÉBUCHET MÂCON-VILLAGES    AC    2017    $23.95     13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
W+648659    DOMAINE BÉRANGER POUILLY-FUISSÉ  AC 2016 $37.95     MVC/QPR: 90
W+577767    NATIV SUADENS BIANCO    IGT Campania    2017    $27.95    12% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
W+155382    MARCHESI DI BAROLO GAVI DEL COMUNE DI GAVI    DOCG    2018    $22.95    12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+11244    ADAMO ESTATE PARKE VINEYARD GROWER'S SERIES PINOT NOIR    VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2016    $28.95    12.4% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
R+131201    ANGELS GATE MOUNTAINVIEW PINOT NOIR    VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2016    $29.95 12.4% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+1560    FLAT ROCK GRAVITY PINOT NOIR    VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2016    $34.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
R+583260    MICHELE CHIARLO REYNA BARBARESCO    DOCG    2015    $36.95     14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+268391    HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE PINOT NOIR    VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2017    $24.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+73817    RUTHERFORD RANCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Napa Valley    2016    $39.95
13.9% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
R+159970 CLOUDLINE PINOT NOIR Willamette Valley  2017  $26.95  13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+10915    MOUNTADAM VINEYARDS EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ    Eden Valley, South Australia    2017    $24.95 15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+649731    CHÂTEAU ROUSSELLE AC Côtes de Bourg 2015 $23.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88
R+647966    CLARENDELLE    AC Médoc    2014    $27.95    13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 88.5
R+928028    FATTORIA DEI BARBI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG    2013    $54.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
R+930966    ROCCA DELLE MACÌE FAMIGLIA ZINGARELLI RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG    2016    $24.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.5
R+568675    VILLA MATTIELLI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA    DOCG    2013    $49.95 15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+208223    LEALTANZA RESERVA    DOCa Rioja    2012    $22.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92

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The September 12 2019 Event: Discover Slovenia Walk Around Tasting Trade Show (Food and Wine)

The Date and Time: Thursday, September 12, 2019  1PM to 4:30PM
The Event: Discover Slovenia Walk Around Tasting Trade Show (Food and Wine)
The Venue: Rosewater Room, Toronto Street
The Target Audience: wine media and agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: All wines are available through private order if there is an agency in Ontario.
The Quote/Background: EUCCAN and the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada West co-sponsored this show and tell event of foods and wines from Slovenia, with backing from the Slovenia government. There was an excellent catalogue of food products available from Slovenia.
The Wines: I did not try every wine.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sisi Yellow Muscat 2018
-JNK Rebula "orange" wine 2010
-Bajta Dry Muscat Sparkling (NV?)
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sisi Traminaec
-Radgonske Gorice Zlata Radgonska penina Sparkling Chardonnay 2015
-Kobal Sauvignon 2016
-Doppler Wines Laski WelchRiesling 2018
-JNK Merlot 2011
-Kristancia Merlot 2018
-Vina Joannesvina Joannes Renski Riesling 2016
-Zlata Extra Dry Rose Pinot Noir
 
The Food: I enjoyed lokev (Slovenian ham), kranjske klobasa (Carniolian sausage), celiske mesnine cheese, planika mlekarna cheese, and breads.
The Downside: nobody had any real wine prices, but the suggestion was that the wines may be a bit higher than expected for this market, and hence need to be negotiated with the LCBO.
The Upside: a chance to taste some Eastern European wines; they did a marvelous job with the whites.
The Contact Person: alex.martyniak@eu-canada.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 84
 
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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The September 12 2019 Event: Taste and buy preview of the 2017 vintage in Burgundy from Bouchard Pere et Fils.

The Date and Time: Thursday Sept 12, 2019, Noon to 4PM
The Event: Taste and buy preview of the 2017 vintage in Burgundy from Bouchard Pere et Fils.
The Venue: Montecito Restaurant, Adelaide Street
The Target Audience: wine media and private clients of the Woodman Wines and Spirits agency.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines tasted were available as private orders of six bottle cases.
The Quote/Background: Annually, Luc Bouchard visits Toronto and gives us a commentary on his harvests and wines. In addition to the 2017 private orders, there were some wines presented that are already at the LCBO. These have been noted below.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine at the event.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2016 $33 LCBO +56580 [my fave of the day]
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Pouilly-Fuisse 2017 $33 LCBO +56580
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Puligny-Montrachet 2017 $77 LCBO +976035 (Dec 1 2019)
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Echezeaux 2017 $391
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Domaine 2017 $129
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Chambolle Musigny 2017 $91
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Domaine 2017 $513
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune du Chateau Domaine Blanc 2017 $65
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Genevrieres Domaine 2017 $140
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Domaine 2017 $76
-William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2017 $76
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Macon-Lugny Saint Pierre 2018 $22 LCBO +51573
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Petit Chablis 2017 $26 LCBO +51466
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton Domaine 2017 $199
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune du Chateau Domaine Rouge 2017 $66
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Monopole 2017 $95
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune Greves Vigne Enfant Jesus Monopole 2017 $170
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Pommard 1er Cru 2017 $112
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Lavieres Domaine 2017 $71
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Gevrey Chambertin 2017 $77
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017 $73
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne Domaine 2017 $283
-Bouchard Pere et Fils Montagny 1er Cru 2017 $43
-William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Domaine 2017 $115
 
The Food: oysters, charcuterie and cheese boards, Blackbird breads, mustards and compotes.
The Downside: I had to race here from a piano recital, and then race off again to another wine tasting.
The Upside: another opportunity to engage with Luc Bouchard
The Contact Person: rachel@woodmanwinesandspirits.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88
 
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SOME NEW BEVERAGE SAMPLES SENT TO ME FOR TASTING THIS MONTH –

SOME NEW BEVERAGE SAMPLES SENT TO ME FOR TASTING THIS MONTH –
 
 
1.Huff Estates Merlot 2017 South Bay Vineyard VQA Prince Edward County, $30 at winery: very fruity, maybe fruit gone wild, but tempered with 18 months in French oak (15% new). Typically bright red and black fruit style, cherry-berry even. Slightly tannic finish at this point, expected to smooth out over the next year or so. One of the better merlot wines in Ontario. Suggest a double decant before drinking. Charcuterie and/or cheese platters. 12.5% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
2.Huff Estates Pinot Grigio 2018 VQA Prince Edward County, $19 at winery: the winemaker says "made as a slightly more round version of our typical pinot gris (which we still produce)." This makes Huff a rarity, producing both pinot gris and pinot grigio, the white equivalent of a winery producing both shiraz and syrah: it is all in the style that the winemaker wants. Here the RS is 4.8 g/L which does give it a roundness. Body is firmer and colouring is more straw. Useful as an aperitif or first course wine, but it is more demanding than a regular sipper. 12.5% ABV. 600 cases. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
3.Huff Estates Cabernet Franc 2017 South Bay Vineyard VQA Prince Edward County $35 winery: herby red fruit dominates. 18 months French oak, 30% new. 225 cases. Some tannins need to resolve on the finish, so double decant or leave open for a long time. God with almost anything that needs a bracing red. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
4.Fogolar Cabernet Franc 2015 VQA Niagara Peninsula, $22 at winery (Ridgepoint Winery): barrel fermentation with a month of maceration and then pressed to barrel for storage. Aged in French and US oak barrels (30% new) for 18 months. Ripe black fruit, good aging to bring out the spices and flavours. Best with grilled veggies and meats. Needs double decanting. 13.4% ABV, residual sugar at 1.9 g/L. Quality/Price rating is 89.5 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
5.Cooper's Hawk North Block Sparkling 2016 VQA Ontario, $23.95 +644773 Vintages Aug 17: a good blend of chardonnay and chardonnay musque (for tropical roundness), with residual sugar at 6 g/L. The vines have been planted to take advantage of the directional wind flows. Expect lemony-y citrus minerality with distinctive chardonnay apple "blanc de blanc" tones. Good infrastructure bready spine, terrific first course or appetizer accompaniment. We had a mayo-parmesan-scallion topping on biscotti. It was just a guess, but it went very well! Uses the cuve close technique. Produced by one of the stalwarts of the EPIC region in LENS. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
6.Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2016 Sta. Rita Hills +83212 Vintages, $33.95: lots of bright red fruit such as raspberries, with spicy-toast woodsy-mushroom points and some vanilla and pepper. From four different vineyards in the region, finishing off at 11 months in French oak (43% new). A whopping 14.3% ABV may still need to be tamed despite its quaffability. Juicy-jammy California wine all the way, but may also need a double decant to open it up. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
7.Henry of Pelham Estate Fume Sauvignon Blanc 2018 VQA Short Hills Bench, +444268 $19.95 winery only: Very aromatic with nuances of toastiness both in the nose and on the palate, somewhat in a fume style started by Mondavi fifty years ago. Typical savvy zestiness is tamed by oaking and unctuous fruit tones. Medium finish accents lemon and vanillin character, melon, honeysuckle. Best as a classy sipper on its own, but also with a lightly aromatic first course. 50% BF in barriques. 12.7% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 89.5 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
8.Gerard Bertrand Terroir Saint Chinian 2016 +370247 September Vintages $17.95: Bertrand has a Terroir series embracing the range of Sud de France wines. Here it is older vines in a schist area of Languedoc, specifically syrah and mourvedre (both vinified separately). Expect black fruit all over the place (even black olives, mocha and garrigue). The "f" word comes to mind: full, fat, fleshy, fabulous at this price. Some of the wine is aged for a year in barrel, the rest matured in vats and then blended before bottling. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
9.Luigi Bosca Malbec 2016 DOC Single Vineyard Lujan de Cuyo Finca Vistalba Mendoza +74922 Vintages October, $29.95: 70-year old vines are aged in new French oak for 14 months with ML fermentation. Highly structured but with red fruit and mocha tones, not light 14.3% ABV. New French oak aging for 14 months adds some toastiness. Better with food such as heavy meats. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
10.Red Tractor (Creekside) Cabernet Merlot 2017 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +11851 $17.95 Vintages September: comes in a stout package, a sort of hommage to the workers, with a screw cap. Aged in barrels for a year, with black fruit notes and a rural sense of character (probably from the cabernet franc). Quite quaffable. 13% ABV, sugar at 3 g/L. Just bottled in June 2019. The producer suggests "bold food" pairing. Quality/Price rating is 88.5 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
11.Red Tractor (Creekside) Cabernet Franc 2017 VQA Four Mile Creek Winery direct/online, $25: from Serluca Family farm in Niagara. Vinified New World style, with 14% ABV showing, a sugar content of 5.9 g/L (twice the above Cabernet Merlot offering), bottled in June 2019 (after 16 months barrel aging). Strong cherry and red fruit (raspberry?) dominate the nose, but the palate finishes with an herbaceous quality. More bold wine for a "bold food" pairing (suggested are sharp cheese, smoked poultry, lamb ragu, grilled meats). Stuffing. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
 
12.Angus the Bull (Aberdeen Wine Company) Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Central Victoria Australia +602615 LCBO $18.95: a wine that first began in 2002. It has been skillfully blended with different cabernet sauvignon grapes from across Central Victoria to be a pre-eminent drinking wine for beef in all forms. Lately, it's about 42% Goulburn, 29% Barossa, 20% Heathcote, and a bit from McLaren Vale and other Victorian sites. Very tasty and integrative, expressing all the good components of cabernet: mocha, cassis, vanillin, herbs and spices. Long, long length, and 14% ABV with only 3 gm/L RS. For the guys who eat "beef and two veg", it is certainly addictive. Quality/Price rating is 89.5 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures. Note: September LTO is $2.50 off the list price.
 
 
13.Chateau des Charmes Riesling "Old Vines" 2015 Estate Bottled VQA Niagara-On-The-Lake, +277228, $18.95 Vintages August: made from vines largely planted in 1978, so it is now a very mature vineyard. 12% ABV. Succulent, but off-dry Alsatian character (citric tones, spices), with now almost four years of aging. A beaut with spicy or higher acidic foods – lush and plush. Lots of orchard fruit character. Twist top. Quality/price rating 90 points by Dean Tudor.
 
 
14.Chateau des Charmes Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 St. David's Bench Vineyard VQA St. David's Bench NOTL, $34.95 +453423 winery and online: from a nice ripe year (and thus only made in better years), loaded with choco-berry and mocha tones. One year in French oak, but still done in a Euro style as a food wine. 0.6 gm/L residual sugar; hence, a definite feel of minerality and extremely useful with food such as steak or any lamb cut. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
 
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Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada http://winewriterscircle.ca
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Event: The Grand Reveal of “Devour! The Food Film Fest” October 22-27, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The Date and Time:  Sunday September 8, 2019  6PM to 8PM
The Event: The Grand Reveal of "Devour! The Food Film Fest" October 22-27, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
The Venue: Campbell House, TIFF tent of the Italian Trade Commission
The Target Audience: media
The Quote/Background: The world's largest culinary film festival,Devour! The Food Film Fest announced the full film lineup for its 9th year. Devour! takes place October 22-27, 2019 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The festival will screen 80+ new food-and-drink inspired films from 24 countries, with this year's programming and theme centering around "Celebrating Italian Food & Cinema." For six days, Wolfville is transformed into a festival unlike any other, as it pairs an array of fabulous dishes with captivating films, experiential workshops and 100+ events (including local tours of the Gaspereau Valley gourmet/wine country). This year's opening gala film on Wednesday, October 23 marks the North American premiere of From the Vine, about a downtrodden man who finds new purpose in reviving his grandfather's old vineyard in his travels back to his rural Italian hometown. The film's multi-award-winning director Sean Cisterna and star Joe Pantoliano from the acclaimed television series The Sopranos will be in attendance. Headlining the 2019 festival is award-winning chef, TV host, restaurateur and author Lidia Bastianich, who is curating a special presentation of Big Night on Thursday, October 24, about immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant in New Jersey, directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. Lidia will attend the all-female celebrity chef dinner inspired by the evening's film and will hold a special book-signing of a selection of her award-winning cookbooks. The festival will include 24 feature-length films including Maxima, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Audience Award winner directed by Claudia Sparrow, which portrays a subsistence farmer's courageous journey to stand against the destruction of resources and corporate intimidation; Honeyland, a multi-award winning documentary directed by Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska about a Balkan woman utilising ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of Macedonia; and multi-award winning documentary Ghost Fleet, that uncovers the vast injustice of slavery in the Thai fishing industry through thrilling escape stories, directed by Shannon Service & Jeffrey Waldron. DevourFest is bringing Italy to Nova Scotia with a solid line-up of films to complement an array of talented chefs from around the world. Thanks to a new partnership with the Italian Trade Commission, festival-goers can catch 60 shorts this year, including Italian programming with new serial episodes from David Rocco's Dolce Italia with David in attendance, short films such as Distance - Short Stories About Food directed by Luigi Capasso and American Marriage directed by Giorgio Arcelli Fontana, and films focused around themes like Italian wine and olive oil. Nova Scotian shorts include That's My Jazz directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kahawa directed by Janet Hawkwood. Closing the festival is The Biggest Little Farm directed by John Chester, that chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.
 
All films are eligible for the Devour! Golden Tine Awards, chosen by esteemed jurors Peter L. Stein (Frameline), Rita DeMontis (Toronto SUN) and Justin Johnson (British Film Institute). The Awards Brunch takes place on Sunday, October 27 at the Wolfville Farmers Market. Other festival dinners include the Friday, October 25 Celebrity Chef Dinner based on the Spotlight Gala film Food Fighter (about food waste) directed by Dan Goldberg; the Saturday,October 26 Devour! Chefs and Short Gala Dinner featuring short films screened right in the iconic Barrel Cellar of Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery with the diners and inspiring chefs' dishes; and the return of Devour! DownHome Lobster Supper –also on Saturday, October 26. Attendees will have their pick of experiential workshops and tasting tours, such as the Short Doc Shop Talk with Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot, the Gleaning Expedition with FOUND Forgotten Food, the Zero Waste Workshop with Bob Blumer, and the Bubbles Bus tasting tour. Culinary students from coast-to-coast will cook up a storm alongside festival chefs while also being featured on the big screen in both Merci Bocuse directed by Michael Nguyen, which follows Canadian chefs Trevor Ritchie and Jenna Reich as they head to the prestigious Bocuse d'Or chef competition in France and Stage: The Culinary Internshipdirected by Abby Ainsworth. Indeed, there is 36% Canadian film content at DevourFest this year!
 
More details at the website www.devourfest.com
 
The Wines: We were treated to Folonari Soave (88 pts), Fiol Proscecco (92 pts), Cusumano Syrah (89 pts), Campari and Apernol. The cocktail seemed to be Apernol and Campari with Fiol fizz.
The Food: endless platters from a la carte catering focused on Italian food, such as various cheeses, prosciutto, pancetta, salumi, et al. Along with Rocco Agostino's three minute pizza from the $1100 Breville pizzaiolo oven (750 degrees F.). Canoli appeared along with Barocco espresso coffee.
The Downside: it got really crowded really fast
The Upside: a chance to see the Devour Food Film Festival reveal.
The Contact Person: lia@devourfest.com; michael@devourfest.com;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92

Chimo! www.deantudor.com
AND http://gothicepicures.blogspot.com
AND https://twitter.com/gothicepicures

Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada http://winewriterscircle.ca
Look it up and you'll remember it; screw it up and you'll never forget it.