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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Event: Annual Toronto Portfolio tasting of Tawse wines

The Date and Time: Monday, May 5, 2014  3Pm to 7PM
The Event: Annual Toronto Portfolio tasting of Tawse wines
The Venue: Spoke Club
The Target Audience: wine trade and media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are in stock
The Quote/Background: the tasting was just ahead of a dinner showcasing the various wines.
The Wines: I did not try every wine. Prices are licensee.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tawse Limestone Ridge Spark Riesling 2012, $16.84
-Tawse Riesling Carly's Block 2012, $26.97
-Tawse Pinot Noir Lauritizen Vineyard 2010, $37.95
-Tawse Cabernet Franc Van Bers Vineyard 2009, $42.17
-Tawse Meritage 2010, $50.61
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tawse Spark [blend] 2011 sparkling, $21.06 [chard & riesling]
-Tawse Riesling Limestone Ridge 2012, $26.97
-Tawse Chardonnay Quarry Road 2011, $30.35 [organic]
-Tawse Chardonnay Robyn's Block 2011, $38.79 [organic]
-Tawse Cabernet Merlot 2011, $17.69
-Tawse Pinot Noir Grower's Blend, $22.75
-Tawse Merlot David's Block 2010, $42.17 [organic]
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tawse Gewurztraminer Frost Vineyard 2012, $16.84
-Tawse Chardonnay 2011, $21.06
-Tawse Pinot Noir Quarry Road Vineyard 2010, $29.51 [organic]
-Tawse Cabernet Franc Grower's Blend 2011, $22.75
The Food: charcuterie, sausages, cheese, biscuits, nuts.
The Downside: My palate had just come from another portfolio tasting.
The Upside: a chance to taste two dozen Tawse wines in Toronto
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.

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