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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Grandi Marchi tasting at the AGO, March 4 report
The Date and Time: Monday March 4, 2013 plus
The Event: Grandi Marchi walk-around tasting for the trade and for writers. It was last here in Toronto in 2010 and 2012 see notes below.
The Venue: ArtGallery of Ontario, Baillie Court.
The Target Audience: wine trade, later private purchasers at night.
The Availability/Catalogue: orders were to be placed with Vintages reps.
The Quote/Background: The Grandi Marchi represent 19 families who make upscale Italian wines. Not all GM families were represented here, about three were missing (most likely because they had no product in Ontario at the moment). From 2012, I enjoyed at 91+ points:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2006, $66.41
-Tasca d'Almerita Cygnus Nero D'avola/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 IGT Sicilia, $22
The Food: cheeses (toscano pecorino, gorgonzola, fontina, taleggio) with breads, sliders (eggplant parmigiano and chicken parmignano), a pickle bar with green olives, salads, farro salad, grilled cheese sandwich, sliced meats, risottos (seafood and pea and pancetta), and a soft creamy polenta with braised beef and/or truffled mushroom ragout all from Frank Restaurant in the AGO. I question the grilled cheese, but everything else was outstanding.
The Downside: the big crowd arrived an hour after I got there, but I had already planned to taste the expensive wines first, to get a heads up.