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Monday, March 5, 2012

Feb 27/12: Andrew Will Washington State wine tasting

The Time: Monday, February 27, 2012 1 PM to 4 PM
The Event: A tasting of Andrew Will Winery Washington State wines,
specializing in Bordeaux-styled blends.
The Venue: One Restaurant at Hazelton Hotel.
The Target Audience: private clients of Halpern Enterprises, the
Ontario agent.
The Availability/Catalogue: Three wines were shown, all available via
Consignment. A fourth wine, Andrew Will Sorella Horse Heaven Hills 2008
(about 72% CS), will be in an upcoming Classics Catalogue, priced at
about $90, with about 90 – 100 bottles for sale. It was not available
for sampling.
The Quote/Background: Robin Pollard from the winery poured my wine. She
answered all my queries about Andrew Will and Washington wine sales in
Canada. Andrew Will winery was started in 1989 by Chris Camarda, and
named after his son Will and nephew Andrew. He also makes a white wine
principally for winemaker dinners; it is not marketed.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Andrew Will 2008 Champoux Vineyard (46% CS, 25% Merlot, 23% CF, 5%
Petit Verdot), currently a hard finish. $77
-Andrew Will 2007 Two Blondes Red Yakima (40% CS, 34% CF, 19% Merlot,
and 7% Malbec), much more juicy. $79
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Andrew Will 2007 Ciel du Cheval Red (45% CF, 40% Merlot, 15% CS),
ready ahead of the others. $69.
The Food: extra aged hard cheeses, including a divine blue, plus
appropriate breads.
The Downside: it was a quick trip, there were only three wines to
The Upside: there was plenty of room and the atmosphere was alive with
the chatter of knowledgeable buyers.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88

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