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The Time and Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:30 – 5 PM
The Event: the 2008 Sonoma Wine Affair
The Venue: Arcadian Court, The Bay
The Target Audience: wine media, wine trade, sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: wines were all over the map, with access through Vintages or Consignment or Private Order.
The Quote: "Nice, quiet little show, no feel of being rushed. It was 5 PM before I even knew it. What happened to E & J Gallo? They were only in Vancouver".
The Wines: I did not try all the wines. Notable with their absence from Toronto were Gallo and Geyser Peak, plus Schug Carneros and Sonoma Cutrer.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages 2004 $105
-Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
-Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 $80 Vintages March 2009
-Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs 2004 Vintages sparkler
-Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2006 $39.65 Lorac
-Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill Estate 2006 $26.99 Mark Anthony
-Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage 2005 Mark Anthony
-Seghesio Family Home Ranch Zinfandel 2006 $45 Dionysus
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Arrowood Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2005 $49.95 Vintages
-Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2005 $45 Vintages March 2009 Authentic
-Ferrari-Carano Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2006 $40.25
-Flowers Winery Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2006 $66 Rogers
-La Crema Chardonnay 2006
-Landmark Steel Plow Syrah 2006 $39.65 Lorac
-Pedroncelli Winery Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley 2006 $14 Grape Expectations.
-Ravenswood Barricia Zinfandel 2005
-Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2005
-Sebastiani Vineayrds Secolo 2006 Vintages February 2009
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Blackstone Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2007 $16.95
-Arrowood Chardonnay 2005 $37.95 Consignment John Gibson Agencies
-Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2007
-Ferrari-Carano Winery Fume Blanc 2007 $23.95 Authentic
-Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2006 $26.50 Lifford
-Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006 $26.50 Lifford
-Kendall Jackson Vintner`s Reserve Chardonnay 2006
-Murphy-Goode Chardonnay 2006 The Vine
-Trentadue Merlot Alexander Valley 2005 $31.20 John Gibson
-Trentadue La Storia Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2004 $35 John Gibson
The Food: cheese and pate, crackers, lots of fresh veggies left over.
The Upside: a chance to taste some really great wines – it has been three years since the Sonoma team came to Toronto.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.
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