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The Time and Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Noon to 5 PM
The Event: Empson Canada portfolio tasting (agent: Woodman Wines and Spirits)
The Venue: Royal Canadian Yacht Club, City Clubhouse
The Target Audience: wine press, private clients and restaurants.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available in an assortment of ordering mechanisms.
The Quote: "A great assortment of Barolo 2004 wines". Eight Italian wine producers were in attendance.
The Wines: The wines were mostly Italian, but there were some Oz and Kiwi wines, as well as Ojai from California.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bongiovanni Barolo 2004 ($69.95)
-Einaudi Barolo "Nei Cannubi" 2004 ($105)
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bongiovanni Barolo "Pernanno" 2004 ($81.95)
-Conterno Fantino Barolo "Sori Ginestra" 2004 ($117.95)
-Einaudi Barolo "Costa Grimaldi" 2004 ($99.95)
-Marcarini Barbera d'Alba "Ciabot Camerano" 2006 ($21.95)
-Marcarini Barolo "La Serra" 2004 ($64.95)
-Capannelle Chicanti Classico Riserva 2003 ($54.95)
-Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 Riserva ($69.95)
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Conterno Fantino Barolo "Vigna del Gris" 2004 ($107.95)
-Toscolo Chianti 2006 ($13.95)
-Monte Antico Rosso 2004 ($14.95)
-Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 ($44.95)
The Food: cheeses, breads and fruits.
The Downside: it conflicted with the German wine show.
The Upside: a good quantity of red wines were available for tasting.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88.
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