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The Time and Date: Monday, February 23, 2009 11AM to 5PM
The Event: A mini-portfolio tasting of wines offered through Le Sommelier.
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve, King Street
The Target Audience: wine media and regular customers.
The Availability/Catalogue: the 19 wines are all at Vintages or by Consignment or through Vintages online. His tech/sell sheets were impeccable.
The Quote/Background: most of the wines offered follow sustainable, or organic or biodynamic practices.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bod. Hermanos Pecina Senorio de P. Pecina Crianza 2000 Rioja, $24.95, +132158.
-Busso Piero Barbaresco Santo Stefanetto 2004, $79, organic, +92593.
-Loan Semillon Barossa 2002, $22.95 +108092, Vintages, organic fave white today
-Nichols Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard Edna Valley 2002, +43.95, Vintages +107847.
-Nevis Bluff Pinot Noir 2004 Central Otago, $35, +96370.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ciu Ciu Oppidum Rosso Marche 2002, $37.95, organic, +133628.
-F.X. Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Urgestein Terrassen 2007, $45, +109199.
-Lanciola Terricci Toscana 2001, $49, +92601.
-Loimer Gruner Veltliner Spiegel 2007 Kamptal, $55, Vintages +113258, biodynamic.
-Nittnaus Pinorama Trockenbeerenauslese 2001, $55, +107029.
-Nittnaus Premium Trockenbeerenauslese 2005, $45, +107011.
-Ulithorne Frux Frugis Shiraz 2004 McLaren Vale, $60, +76430.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-F.X. Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner Klostersatz, $35, +109181.
-F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Berg, $59, +109215.
-Loan Shiraz 2004 Barossa, $42.95 Vintages +104661, organic.
-Prinz von Hessen Johannisberge Klaus Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2007 Rheingau, +216696, $42.95.
-Quinta da Vegia Casa de Cello Dao Reserva 2005, $57, +85175.
-Schiopetto Friulano Collio 2007, $26, +893526.
The Food: charcuterie, pate, cheeses, breads.
The Downside: I'm resigned to spending all my Mondays at the Fine Wine Reserve.
The Upside: good quality upscale decent wines were tasted and enjoyed.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.
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