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The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2012 11:30 AM to 4PM
The Event: New Wines of Greece trade show
The Venue: Metropolitan Hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: wines are in a state of flux, some are arriving, others must be privately ordered, and some wineries are looking for agents. Prices were estimates at best.
The Quote/Background: There was a seminar on New Wines of Greece, led by John Szabo who presented eight wines. These have been folded into the ratings below.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine, preferring reds.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Papaioannou Estate 2007 Nemea Red, $19.95
-Vinsanto Argyros 1990 [barrel aged 20 years], $100 half-litre
-Avantis Syrah 2009 Evia
-Kir Yianni Diaporos 2008 Imathia, $50
-Parparoussis Muscat de Rio Patras 2006
-Tsanttali Rapsani Grande Reserve 2005
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alexakis Vidiano 2011 Crete White
-Porto Carras Malagousia 2011 Sithonia White
-Katogi Averoff Xinomavro 2007 Naoussa, $17
-Alpha Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines 2008 Amyndeo, 29
-Antonopoulos Private Collection Red 2006
-Boutari Grande Reserve 2007 Naoussa, $18.95 consignment Kolonaki
-Antidote 2001 Mantzavinata Dry Rose
-Gaia Estate 2007 Nemea Red
-Hatzimichalis Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $17.95
-Hatzimichalis Estates Kapnias Red 2007
-Karyda Naoussa 2008, $24.
-Kourites Red 2010 Hepirus
-Katogi Averoff Red 2008 Macedonia
-Oenotria Land Cabernet Sauvignon-Agiorgitiko 2007 Drama
-Chateau Nico Lazaridi Red 2009 Drama, $30
-Ianos Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Slopes of Aegialia
-Papaioannou Chardonnay 2011 Corinth, $18 consignment Kolonaki
-Papaioannou Old Vines 2006 Agiorgitiko 2006 Nemea, $23 consignment Kolonaki
-Parparoussis Nemea Reserve 2005
-Santo Wines Assyrtiko Grande Resere 2009, $35
-Santo Wines Vinsanto 2004, $40
-Siglas Santorini 2011
-Domaine Spiropoulos Nemea 2008 [organic], $19.95 consignment Rubaiyat
-Tsanttali Kanenas White 2011 Ismaros
-Tetramythos Malagousia 2011 Achaia, $16 [organic] Amv-Whiz
-Tetramythos Black of Kalavryta 2011 Achaia, $17 [organic] Amv-Whiz
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kir Yanni Akakies Rose 2011 Amyndeo, $11.95
-Spiropoulos Mantinia 2011 White
-Santo Wines Assyrtiko 2011 Santorini
-Brintzikis Estate Bio 2008 Ilia Red [organic]
-Hatzimichalis Estates Chardonnay 2010 Atalanti, $14.95
-Chateau Julia Merlot 2008 Drama
-Okto White 2011 Crete
-Monemvassios Red 2005, $15.95
-Asprolithi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Slopes of Aegialia
-Pavlidis Thema White 2011 Drama, $20
-Chateau Porto Carras 2004 Slopes of Meliton [organic] $19.95
-Tetramythos Roditis 2011 Patras White, $13.95 [organic] Amv-Whiz
The Food: as always, the hotel provided some of the best lamb lollipops in town (albeit with bone), along with cured salmon, roast beef, cheeses, and a variety of sushi and other platters.
The Downside: it as a tough week and I had two more functions to go to this day.
The Upside: a new look at the newer wines.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.
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