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Monday, March 17, 2014

APVSA Tasting in Toronto

The Date and Time: Monday, February 24, 2014 11AM to 5 PM

The Event: the bi-monthly APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des

vins et spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).

The Venue: Eaton Chelsea Inn

The Target Audience: wine agents.

The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in

Ontario. The group is here to get some agents to rep the

principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.

Most of the wines were French, and there was 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. I did not try every wine, even though there were winery assistants
this time.

The Wines: Prices are FOB. I did not taste every product. There were also
two excellent Bernard Boutinet Pineau des Charentes (17.5% ABV), one rouge
and one blanc, made with four year old Bernard Boutinet cognac. Available in
750mL and 375mL bottles.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Domaine Guiot Chateau Nimois Nitoi 2012 Rouge Costieres de Nimes, 2.85E

-Chateau Coustolle La Horse Canon Fronsac 2009, 17E

-Domaine du Bon Remede Vignes Rousses Ventoux 2011 Red, 3.80E

-Domaine Modat Comme Avant Cotes du Roussillon Villages Caramany 2011 Red,

-Domaine Modat Sans Plus Attendre Cotes du Roussillon Villages Caramany 2011
Red, 8E

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price

Rating terms):

-Domaine L'Enclos des Jumeaux Enclos de la Chance Les Jumeaux 2012 Blanc
Pays d'Oc, 4.75E

-Domaine Guiot Chateau Numa 2011 Rouge Costieres de Nimes, 4.75E

-Chateau Coustolle Canon Fronsac 2011, 7E

-Chateau Gobert Bordeaux 2012, 2.5E

-Chateau Haut Mousseau Prestige Cotes de Bourg 2009

-Chateau la Besage Bergerac 2011 Red Oak Aged, 3.90E

-Chateau la Maroutie Monbazillac 2011 [sweet], 5.31E

-La Place Anglaise Sauvignon Blanc Bergerac 2012

-Domaine de Fregate Bandol Rose 2012, 6.80E

-Domaine de Fregate Bandol 2009 Rouge, 7E

-Domaine de Berguerolles Le Clos IGP Cevennes 2012 White, 4.65E

-Domaine Modat De-ci De-la Cotes du Roussillon 2012 White, 6.50E [organic]

-Domaine du Bon Remede Pensee Sauvage Ventoux 2013 Rose, 2.40E

*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Domaine L'Enclos des Jumeaux Enclos de la Chance Aiguillettes 2012 Blanc
Pays d'Oc, 2.55E

-Domaine Guiot Tradition 2012 Rouge Costieres de Nimes, 2.65E

-Domaine Guiot Tradition 2012 Rose Costieres de Nimes, 2.65E

-Chateau Bellevue Favereau Bordeaux Superieur 2011 Red 2.90E

-Chateau Pontac Gadet Medoc 2010

-Les Brissaux Merlot/Cabernet Bergerac 2012 Red, 2.75E

-Clos d'Yvigne Bergerac 2008 Red Oak Aged, 5.95E

-Domaine de Berguerolles Merlot IGP Cevennes 2012, 2.22E

-Domaine de la Chastelle Cotes du Rhone Villages 2012, 3.90E

-Domaine de la Chastelle Cotes du Rhone 2012, 3.20E

-Domaine de la Chastelle Cotes du Rhone [labelling red] 2012, 2.80E

The Food: great hot pizzas, which went well with the wines, as always.

The Contact Person: Pascal

The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event (numerical grade):



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