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Monday, June 11, 2012
May 10 - New Zealand Wine Fair at Design Exchange
The Date and Time:Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Event: New Zealand Wine Fair; New Zealand in a glass.
The Venue: Design Exchange
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the LCBO distribution channels, although some would be private orders. The catalogue was the usual masterpiece from Robert Ketchin, with full data o wineries, agents, grape varieties, prices, distribution channel,etc. It suffered from the usual problems to all catalogues: some wines did not make it on time, others had appeared as if by magic and were not listed. C'est la vie
The Quote/Background: There was a tutored tasting of exceptional Pinot Noir wines arranged by region. These have been folded into the categories below.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Ostler Carline's Pinot Noir Waitaki 2010, $45.95
Escarpment Pinot Noir Martinborough 2009, $80 est.
CoopersCreek Viognier Gisborne 2010, $19.95
Fairhall Downs Hugo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2009, $28
Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2010, $39.95
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc The Pioneer Marlborough 2010, $24.95
Rock Ferry Chardonnay Rapaura Marlborough 2008 Organic, $29.95
SpyValley Gewurztraminer Marlborough 2011, $19.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Villa Maria Single vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir Marlborough 2009, $64.95
Muddy Water Slowhand Pinot Noir Waipara 2009, $50
PegasusBay Pinot Noir Waipara 2009, $64.95
John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir Waitaki 2009, $59.95
Akarua Pinot Noir Central Otago 2010, $36.95
Mt.Difficulty Target Gully Pinot Noir Central Otago 2009, $89.95
The Food: sandwiches were provided by Daniel et Daniel to the seminarians; Dairy Farmers contributed cheeses. There were breads and fresh fruits. I have no idea why there were desserts. I can see this at when closing, along with coffee (which was also provided), but at , while still tasting wines? There were only two or three sweet wines in the show.
The Downside: money expended on the desserts?
The Upside: great seminar, and the lighting on the exchange floor has improved.