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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
California Cruisin': Sante wine tasting May 8, 2008
The Time and Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008
The Event: California Cruisin': a Sante tasting of California wines.
The Venue: Crystal & Currelly Galleries at the ROM
The Target Audience: consumers.
The Availability/Catalogue: the normal Sante catalogue was presented, with all the relevant data about the wines and the grapes. It only lacked for levels of availability and prices. Most of the wines being shown were somewhere in the LCBO distribution system.
The Quote: "The range of wines here is impressive, from Martha's Vineyard at $230 a bottle down to plonk."
The Wines: 27 wineries were slated to exhibit some 100 wines. I did not taste them all. I managed to get a few prices.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 $18
-Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay 2006
-SterlingNapaValley Chardonnay 2005
-Tangley Oaks Chardonnay 2005 $20
-Trinchero Family Menage a Trois White 2006
The Food: Globe Bistro (Chef Ben Heaton) had a lobster seviche in a spoon, Far Niente (Chef Gordon Mackie) had crab cakes, while Reds (Chef Michael Steh) had Berkshire pork belly. The Dairy Farmers of Canada contributed three cheeses. Daniel et Daniel did a table spread of dips and veggies. Starbucks contributed coffees.
The Downside: the evening went by incredibly fast.
The Upside: good crowd control, with no shoving or pushing.