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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Acceso Spanish Wine Tasting, Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Time and Date: Thursday, October 25, 2007 12 PM to 5 PM

The Event: Acceso Canada 2007: tour of Spanish wine producers looking for
agents and distribution in Ontario. Sponsored by the Economic and Commercial
Office of the Embassy of Spain.

The Venue: Roof lounge, Park Hyatt Hotel

The Target Audience: wine press, sommeliers, restaurants, trade.

The Availability/Catalogue: very informative booklet, with all the relevant
data of names and addresses, labels, background text, etc. But no FOB

The Quote: "There are some nice wines here, but few to compete against
existing wines at the LCBO Vintages"

The Wines: 19 wineries had presentations.

**** Four Stars (90 - 93):

- Bodegas Bleda Divus Monastrell 2005 Jumilla (FOB 7 Euros)

- Bodegas San Isidro Sabatcha Syrah 2006 (2.5 Euros)

- La Coleccion Tenere Crianza 2004 Rioja (4.2 Euros)

- Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Baron d'Anglade Reserva 2001 Rioja ($40 in

- Bodegas del Medievo MDV 2004 Rioja (100% graciano) (12 Euros)

- Liberalia Enologica Cuatro 2003 Toro (5.53 Euros)

- Bodegas Marques de Velilla Doncel de Mataperras 2004 Ribera del Duero
(15.25 Euros)

*** Three Stars (86 - 89)

- Bodegas Bleda Castillo de Jumilla Crianza 2004 (FOB 3 Euros)

- Bodegas San Isidro Genus Monastrell/Syrah NV (3 Euros)

- Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva 1999 ($25 in Quebec)

- Rosalia de Castro Paco & Lola Albarino 2005 Rias Baixas (5 Euros)

- Adegas Moure Fuga Mencia 2006 Ribeira Sacra (3.21 Euros)

- Abadia de Acon Crianza 2003 Ribera del Duero (7.9 Euros)

The Food: roast beef, lobster (but only a few white table wines were
offered), crab cakes, cheeses, breads, etc.

The Downside: several producers were coy about FOB prices. I needed them for
a marker of quality/price ratios.

The Upside: a good cross-section of wines which are available on the export
market, and an indicator of where Spain is at right now.

The Contact Person:

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.

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