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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jan 26/11: Autochthonous wines from Appellation Wines Agency

The Time and Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011   2 to 4:30 PM
The Event: Sampling autochthonous wines available from Ken Hayden of
Appellation Wines.
The Venue: Jam Café, Cabbagetown
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: the wines are drawn from his Consignment
catalogue; Ken specializes in sourcing indigenous grape varieties from
France, Spain and Italy.
The Quote/Background: It is a trend now to produce indigenous grape
varieties in small lots, for there will always be a market for these
types of grapes.
The Wines: All wines are available though the Consignment program, some
prices are being sorted out, but mostly under $20.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-2005 Vera de Estenas Casa Don Angel Bobal DO, Utiel-Requena, Spain
(red) $36.10 (my fave)
-2009 Emilio Bulfon Cjanòrie VDT, Friuli, Italy (red) $21.05
-2009 Rebus Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato DOC, Piedmont, Italy (red)
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-2007 Chateau Lecusse Cuvee Speciale Fer Servadou AGC, Gaillac, France
(red) $16.95 Gold Medalist
-2007 Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Vidadillo DO, Carinena, Spain
-2009 Emilio Bulfon Sciaglin IGT, Friuli, Italy (white) $21.05
-2009 Emilio Bulfon Forgiarin IGT, Friuli, Italy (red) $21.05
-2009 Emilio Bulfon Piculit Neri IGT, Friuli, Italy (red) $22.91
-2008 Pravis Negrara IGT, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy (red) $21.36
-2009 Nivascio Piemonte Brachwetto DOC, 6% ABV, sparkling red
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-2008 Vins Plageoles Mauzac Vert AGC, Gaillac, France (white) $21.45
-2009 Chateau Cransac N Resolument Negrette AFC, Fronton, France (red)
-2008 Anna Spinato Raboso IGT, Veneto, Italy (red) $16.90
-2009 La Martana Monferrato Freisa (vivace) DOC, Piedmont, Italy (red)
-2009 Le Nocche Grignolino d'Asti DOC, Piedmont, Italy (red)
The Food: prosciutto, cheeses, breads.
The Downside: I was stymied, trying to compare varieties with varieties
I knew well, as a touchstone.
The Upside: a rare opportunity to taste a variety of wines, well-made
but with different tastes.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 90.

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