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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Nov 19/09 - Trade Event - Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

The Time and Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009 5PM to 10PM
The Event: the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, VIP night
The Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Target Audience: wine press, wine trade, private insiders.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, especially with an
onsite LCBO store which carried most of the offerings.
The Quote/Background: I use the show to catch up with New York wines,
and some select suppliers who do not have a portfolio tasting, and the
theme country (this year, Portugal). I find that I can just barely get
though the evening…there are so many wines, and so little time.
The Quote/Background:
The Wines:
 
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ch. Wantz Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg 1999 Alsace, $49.65 
Nokhrin
-Ch. Wantz Gewurztraminer 2005 Alsace, $38.15 Nokhrin
-Guicciardini Strozzi Bolgheri Superiore 2004 Tuscany, $49 Le Sommelier
-Deltetto Spumante de Qualidad Extra Brut Rose NV Piedmont, $49 Le
Sommelier
-Falletto di Bruno Giacosa Barolo Vigna Croera 2004 Piedmont, $250 Le
Sommelier
-Ulithorne Frux Frugis Shiraz 2004 McLaren Vale, $60 Le Sommelier
-Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay Reserve 2007 Niagara, $24.95  Churchill
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet 2004 Niagara, (50/50 cabernet sauvignon and
franc) $12.75 +598748 – a BEST BUY steal
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2007 A. J. Lepp Vineyard, $18.95
Vintages +78543
-Five Stones Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2008 Margaret River, +108001,
$18.95 Vintages
-Finca Allende Red 2005 Spain, +954560, $34.95 Vintages
-Domaine Courbis Cornas Les Eygats 2004, +719385, $64.95
 
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ch. Wantz Muscat M Collection Personelle 2007 Alsace, $29.90 Nokhrin
-Tapena Garnacha 2007 Spain, +72553 LCBO $13.75
-Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2008, +175430 LCBO $16.25
-Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, +301507, $16.75
-Casa de Santa Vitoria Tinto 2005 Portugal, $15
-J.P. Vinhos Tinto da Anfora Portugal $13
-Quinta Da Giesta Dao 2005 Portugal, $15.95
-Esporao Reserva Red 2007 Portugal
-Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Tuscany, $75 Le Sommelier
-Fita Preta 2005 Portugal, $55 Le Sommelier
-Hermanos Pecina Reserva 2001 Rioja, $54 Le Sommelier
-Roagna Barbaresco Paje Riserva 1998 Piedmont, $115 Le Sommelier
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Niagara, +53678 LCBO, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Franc Beal Vineyard 2007 Niagara, $15.95 
Churchill
-Alvento Winery VIO Viognier 2007 Niagara Bench, $25.95 Winery
-Chateau Calissanne Clos Victoire 2004 Aix-en-Provence, +982207, $39
Vintages
-Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2006 Finger Lakes, $29.95, +90332
Vintages
-Heron Hill Riesling 2006 Finger Lakes, $21.99  Tannin Fine Wines
-Lamoreaux Landing Chardonnay 2007 Finger Lakes, $23.40 MCO
-Bedell Cellars First Crush White 2008 Long Island, $25.70 Edward's
Wines
-Raphael Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Long Island, $25.70 John Hanna & Sons
-Osprey's Dominion Vineyards Meritage 2005 Long Island, $53.40, Robert
Ketchin
 
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ch. Wantz Riesling Grand Cru Wiebelsberg 2001, $40.55 Nokhrin
-Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2007 Argentina, +198670, $18.95
-Alamos Pinot Noir 2008 Argentina, $17.95
-Cortes de Cima Chamine 2006 Portugal, $16.95
-Quinta do Crasto Douro Red 2007 Portugal
-Fox Run Vineyards Chardonnay 2007 Finger Lakes, $14.75 Lorac Wine
-Donatella Cinelli Colombini Il Drago e Le Sette Colombe 2004 Tuscany,
$34 Le Sommelier
-Brotherhood Pinto Noir 2006 Hudson River, +79939 Vintages, $18.25
-Raphael Merlot 2001 Long Island, +82388, $29.95 Vintages
-Piero Busso Barbaresco San Stefanetto 2004 Piedmont, $79 Le Sommelier
-Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2006 Finger Lakes, $20.25, +70631
Vintages
-Altano Douro 2007 Portugal, +579862 Vintages $11.75
-Peninsula Ridge Merlot 2007 Niagara, $14.75 +61101 LCBO
-Martin Codax Salterio Albarino Rias Baixas 2008, +2774, $16.95
Vintages
-Domaine Bonnard Sancerre White 2008, +140525, $22.95 Vintages
-Laurent Mabileau St. Nicolas de Bourgueil 2007 Loire, +61192, $15.95
Vintages
-Martin Codax Cuatro Pasos Mencia Bierzo Spain, +39313, $16.95 Vintages
-Five Stones Shiraz 2008 Margaret River, +111120, $22.95 Vintages
 
The Food: mostly Saputo cheeses, breads and crackers, plus shrimp from
Acqua Star at Churchill Cellars which had a private showing of their
wines. Most of the food vendors are too busy selling their products.
The Downside: it got crowded quickly, people know what to do now.
The Upside: a good event to catch up with country wines such as New
York State.
The Contact Person: kdobrucki@townmedia.ca
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88
 
 

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