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The Date and Time: Thursday October 10 2013 10 AM to 5 PM
The Event: SherryFest Toronto
The Venue: Gardiner Museum
The Target Audience: wine trade and select consumers
The Availability/Catalogue: This was a continuation of SherryFest in New York. The 11 producers had agents in Ontario, so bottles were available through the LCBO or by private order.
The Quote/Background: There was a seminar, repeated in the afternoon, but I declined since it seemed to be quite similar to previous sherry seminars offered in Toronto.
The Wines: I tasted nothing sweet until the very end.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alexander Jules Fino Bottled May 2013, $40 US retail
-Alexander Jules Manzanilla Bottled May 2013, $40 US retail
-Alexander Jules Amontillado Bottled May 2013, $40 US retail
-Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla en Rama Saca de Verano 2013 The Vine
-El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 1830 $175 Terra Firma
-El Maestro Sierra Oloroso Extra Viejo $175 Terra Firms
-Fernando de Castilla Antique Palo Cortado $55 The Vine
-Fernando de Castilla Classic Manzanilla The Vine
-Fernando de Castilla Classic Pedro Ximenez The Vine
-Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado VORS Noble
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Barbaradillo Principe Amontillado The Vine
-Barbaradillo Amontillado VORS [40 years old] The Vine
-El Maestro Sierra Fino +309898 $17.95
-El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 12 year old +310458 $22.95 375mL
-El Maestro Sierra Palo Cortado Terra Firma
-Fernando de Castilla Antique Fino The Vine
-Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado The Vine
-Fernando de Castilla Antique Oloroso The Vine
-Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado $18 Woodman
-La Gitana Manzanilla +745448 $14.95
-La Gitana Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Noble Estates
-Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado VOS
-Osborne Fino Quinta $8.95 half; $16 full bottle PMA
-Sanchez Romate Fino Marismeno $15 Majestic
-Sanchez Romate Amontillado NPU $18 Majestic
-Tradicion Amontillado VORS $100 30-50 Imports
-Tradicion Palo Cortado VORS $100 30-50 Imports
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla The Vine
-Tio Pepe Fino En Rama $20 Woodman
-Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado Noble
-La Guita Manzanilla +337022 $14.95
-Tradicion Fino 30-50 Imports
The Food: excellent cheeses and sausages and Serrano hams from Pasquale Brothers, Scheffler's, CanDisPro and Serrano imports.
The Downside: I just had a long day at Taste Ontario, and my palate wasn't as sharp as it could be. I tasted nothing sweet.
The Upside: a really good show for Toronto. It is sherry's time!!
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org; Derek@thevineagency.ca
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90
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