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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting, April 7, 2008
The Time and Date: Monday, April 7, 2008
The Event: the sixth annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting.
The Venue: NationalBalletSchool, Jarvis Street.
The Target Audience: trade, wine media, private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is landed and available, through the General List or Vintages. There were half a dozen private orders, and nothing from Consignment. A total of some 85 wines.
The Quote: "Most of the wines here are from the General List. I felt that while there was value here, there was a lost of uniqueness and character. Where were the wines of yesteryear? Quail's Gate? Leasingham? Ports?"
The Wines: there were some unannounced surprises that had to be requested, or were only available at certain times. I think that there were two bottles of each. Of course, these were super premium wines, full of richness and character. They are NOT included below, but they were outstanding: Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad ($30 ISD), a Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001 ($160?), Pol Roger Brut Champagne Reserve ($82 ISD), Bay of Fires Tasmania Pinot Noir 2006 ($30), and Pol Roger Extra Rich in 375mL bottle. I was also unable to locate a vintage year in most cases, but presumably they are the latest vintage available.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV GL $54.40 (or fight!)
-Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc General $15.75
The Food: yummies everywhere, with cheese from the Cheese Boutique (asiago, paillot de chevre, mamirolle, benedictine blue), savoury cookies from M + G Kitchens (www.mgkitchens.ca), and smoked turkey and ham sandwiches, plus sauces, from White House Meats.
The Downside: there was an accident that closed off part of Jarvis Street, and this made driving and parking particularly onerous.
The Upside: great food, some ambitious wines, good bunch of trade and private clients.