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Monday, October 15, 2012
Stem Annual Family of Wines Gala, Oct 1/12 -- report
The Date and Time: Monday, October 1, 2012
The Event: 7th Annual Family of Wines Gala Tasting of the STEM Wine Group
The Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
The Target Audience: wine media, wine trade, private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is here or will be via consignment and private orders. The catalogue was a model of efficiency, with a quick section on how to use the guide. All prices were given, as well as the terms. The wines were listed by region and producer, in table order. Helpful cards were placed at each table, with more details about each wine. This really saved me a lot of time, and I am sure the patrons appreciated it.
The Quote/Background: Partners Robert Tome and Tony Macchione have assembled a good portfolio of wines, specializing in sought after wines from Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, and other regions of Italy. There are also a select few wines from other European countries plus the New World. Twenty-three owners or export directors came from abroad for this event. Stem will be launching its new website this Fall: stemwinegroup.com
The Wines: I did not try all the wines, there were over 135 of them.
Prices are retail, but due to a strong Canadian currency, they are also lower than last year, in general.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Boroli Barolo 2004 Cerequio, $87.99.
-Gaja Sito Moresco 2010, $53.99
-Zyme Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2004, $135.99
-Villabella Passito del Fiordilej 2008, $24.99 (375 mL)
-Tenuta Il Palagio Sister Moon IGT 2009 Tuscany, $54.99
-Villa a Sesta Chianti Classico Riserva Sorleone 2008, $48.99
-La Fattoria de Magliano Poggio Bestiale IGT 2008, $45.99
-Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2005,
-Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2006,