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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Pyramid Valley NZ wine tasting, July 5
The Date and Time: Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Event: a drop-in tasting with Mark Cuff (The Living Vine) and Pyramid Valley Vineyards of New Zealand.
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: wine media, invited clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available by private order in either six- or twelve-packs. Lion's Tooth is consignment.
The Quote/Background: Mike Weersing led the tasting. He was showing two lines of wines: the Growers Collection (sourced from NZ organic vineyards) and the Home Vineyards Collection (biodynamic, named after weeds in the vineyards).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-PyramidValley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2010 Home Vyd, $79.95
-PyramidValley Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2010 Home Vyd, $79.95
-PyramidValley Howell Family Vineyard Hawke's Bay Cabernet Franc 2009, $49.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-PyramidValley Lion's Tooth Chardonnay 2009 Home Vyd, $74.95 consignment
-PyramidValley Rose Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2009, $32.95
-PyramidValley Cowley Family Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009, $49.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-PyramidValley Kerner Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Rose (not a ros-ay) 2009, $36.95
-PyramidValley Calvert Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009, $59.95
The Food: hard cheeses, terrines, breads.
The Downside: there was a massive traffic tie up on Spadina; I had to walk down from College to King. Mike Weersing was also caught in this traffic, and he arrived 45 minutes late with many of his wines.
The Upside: some really good and refreshing wines for a hot day.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.