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Sunday, May 19, 2013
APVSA Tasting in Toronto, April 26/13
The Date and Time: Friday, April 26, 2013
The Event: the monthly APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des
vins et spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: DeltaChelseaInn
The Target Audience: wine agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in
Ontario. The group is here to get some agents to agree to rep the principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.
Most of the wines were French, and there is sales staff available to comment on the prices and production. This road show also visits such places as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary, Vancouver, Miami, Washington DC, and Montreal. Occasionally, the show will have wines from Italy, Uruguay, Spain and Australia. Sometimes spirits and VDN are also available.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be acknowledged, is that (by and large) they were about the same as wines that we already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be any price advantages, either. But these 40 or so wines could be made available through Vintages or Consignment. In the past, quite a few have been picked up for sale in Ontario; these were mostly the good value or unique wines. Here were my faves from today, regardless of FOB cost which must be requested due to competitive pricing. I did not try every wine. Also, it had been two months since I was last at an APVSA tasting (due to my conflicting schedules).
The Wines: Prices are FOB
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine de Font-Sane Gigondas Terrasses des Dentelles 2010, 11.60E
-Champagne Pertois Moriset Cuvee Grande Reserve Blanc de Blancs
-Champagne Pertois Moriset Cuvee Grande Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2006
-Champagne Pertois Moriset Cuvee Grande Reserve Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bergerie du Capucin IGP Saint Guilhem Le Desert Val de Montferrand 2011 White, 5.17E
-Bergerie du Capucin AOP Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Dame Jeanne 2011 Red, 5.67E
-Bergerie du Capucin AOP Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Dame Jeanne 2010 Red, 10.02E
-Domaine de Font-Sane Gigondas Tradition 2010, 7.20E
-Domaine de Font-Sane Cotes de Ventoux Vieilles Vignes 2011, 3.40E
-EARL Maurice Schueller Cremant Alsace 2008, 4.54E
-Champagne Pertois Moriset Cuvee Selection
-Champagne Pertois Moriset Cuvee Rose
-Domaine La Tour des Vidaux Cuvee Farnoux 2009 Cotes de Provence Red, 7.50E
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bergerie du Capucin AOP Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Dame Jeanne 2012 Rose, 4.40E
-Domaine La Tour des Vidaux Cuvee Philothea 2011 Cotes de Provence Red, 3.95E
-Domaine La Tour des Vidaux Cuvee Tradition 2010 Cotes de Provence Red, 4.75E
The Food: great hot pizzas, went well with the wines, as always.
The Contact Person: Pascal email@example.com
The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event (numerical grade):