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Sunday, September 1, 2013
APVSA Tasting in Toronto, July 8/13
The Date and Time: Monday, July 8, 2013
The Event: the monthly APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des
vins et spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: EatonChelseaInn
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 Canada, 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, even though there was a pourer assistant this time. Also, it had been two months since I was last at an APVSA tasting (due to my conflicting schedules).
The Wines: Prices are FOB. I did not taste every product.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Gensac Cuvee Terre a Terre 2007, 6.20E
-Bodega Raffy Malbec Grand Reserve 2010 TupungatoArgentina, $14.96US FOB
-Champagne De Sousa Brut Reserve Grand Cru [organic] 2009 bottling, all chardonnay.
-Champagne Liebart-Regnier Brut Blanc de Blanc, 11E
-Champagne Liebart-Regnier Excelia Brut Blanc de Blanc 2007, 14E
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price
-Chateau Gensac Cuvee Pas de Deux Rouge 2011, 4.50E