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Thursday, May 31, 2012
May 2 - Mark Anthony Brands media open house
The Date and Time:Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Event: Mark Anthony Brands Media Open House
The Venue: corporate Ontario offices, Dufferin and King Streets
The Target Audience: wine media and bloggers
The Availability/Catalogue: this was a selection of wines from their principals, everything was available.
The Quote/Background: The occasion was the launch of Mark Anthony's new quarters. There was some special beer from BC that was not available for sale in Ontario, but was offered for tasting. The Stanley Park Noble Pilsner and Stanley Park Amber 1897 are top-rated brews.
The Wines: I did not try every wine. Prices are retail.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Alexander Valley Sonoma, future Vintages
-Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne NV, $49.85
-Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 South Africa, $10.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Post Scriptum de Chryseia 2009 Douro, $34.95 future Vintages
-Domini Veneti San Rocco Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2005, $85 est. one of a five pack from different areas
-Terlato Galaxy 2008
-Mission Hill Five Vineyards Rose 2011 Okanagan, $15 Vintages
-Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Okanagan, $15.95 coming soon