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9. The Date and Time: Monday, May 13, 2013 3PM to 7 PM
The Event: Churchill Cellars Portfolio tasting, 11th annual.
The Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre lobby
The Target Audience: wine media, clients of Churchill
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available through the LCBO or from Sue-Ann Staff Winery.
The Quote/Background: it was a gorgeous location for a wine tasting.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-CigarZin Zinfandel 2009 Napa Valley, +269340, $19.95
-Michael David 7 Deadly Zins 2010 Lodi, +59311, $24.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Grace's Dry Riesling 2011, $18.95 winery
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Viognier Riesling 2011, $35 [Fr oak] winery
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tiki Estate Pinot Gris 2011 Waipara NZ, +295279, $17.95
-Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Nelson NZ, +714295, $17.95
-Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2011 Livermore, +175430, $16.95
-Kunde Estate Chardonnay 2011 Sonoma, +745406, $21.95
-Bold Vine Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 Lodi, +281600, $17.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Robert's Block 2011, $26 winery
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Sassy and Sparkling Riesling 2011, +344622 $27
-Pierre Chainier Clos de Nouys Vouvray Demi-sec 2011, +322669 $19.95
-Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2011 Alsace, +269852, $15.95
-La Maison du Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc NV, +127811, $17.95
-Marques de Riscal Reserva 2001 Rioja, +32656, $22.05
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Segura Viudas Brut Rose Cava, $13.75
-d'Arenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2011, $18.95
-d'Arenberg The Stump Jump G.S.M. 2009, $14.95
-Chapel Hill Shiraz 2010 McLaren Vale, $26.95
-Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 McLaren Vale, $25.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Merlot 2010, $18 winery
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Cabernet Franc 2010, $18 winery
-Willm Riesling Reserve 2011 Alsace, $15.95
-Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling Kabinett 2011 Rheingau, $17.95
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2007 Navarra, $16.95
The Food: Monforte cheeses, crackers, breads, pulled pork or BBQ brisket sliders.
The Downside: I had just come from a Greek wine tasting.
The Upside: a chance to catch up with the Churchill portfolio.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.
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