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Saturday, June 2, 2012

May 15 - Churchill Cellars Portfolio tasting, notes

 The Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012   3PM to 7PM

The Event: Churchill Cellars 10th Annual Portfolio Tasting

The Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

The Target Audience: wine trade and private clients

The Availability/Catalogue: everything is on General List or at Vintages.

The Wines: I did not taste every wine.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Fresita Sparkling Wine NV [strawberries from Chile] $13.95

-Marques de Riscal Reserva 2007, $20.95

-Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Methode Traditionelle Brut NV, $17.95

-Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac Leognan 2004, $48.95

-Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV, $59.95


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava NV, $14.95

-Willm Riesling Reserve 2010 Alsace, $15.95

-Domaine Pouilleau Pere et Fils Volnay 2009, $39.95

-Saget la Perriere Marie de Beauregard Vouvray 2009, $17.95

-d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2009, $19.95

-Altano Reserva Quinta do Ataide 2007, $28.95

-Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2010, $16.95

-Angelini San Leonino Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $25.95

-Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $16.95


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2010 New Zealand, $19.95

-d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2010, $13.95

-Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $29.95

-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2006, $15.95

-Gran Lurton Cote Friulano 2010, $19.95

-Chateau de Gourgazaud Minervois 2010, $12.95

-Chateau Arnauld Haut-Medoc 2005, $23.95

-De Luze Chateau Segur de Cabana 204, $32.70


The Food: cheeses from Monforte, Balderson, PQ, crackers, breads, fruit, pork and beef sliders from

The Downside: I thought there would be a banner production for the TENTH such tasting.

The Upside: everything was arranged by country of origin.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.

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