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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Annual Tasting of Sparkling wines by Wine Writers' Circle of Canada, Sept 26/14

The Date and Time:  Friday, September 26, 2014  10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The Event: Annual tasting of sparkling wines, both imported and domestic, by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
The Venue: LCBO Summerhill
The Target Audience: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada members.
The Availability/Catalogue: Most wines are available through the upcoming holiday season. For Ontario wines, this may be at Vintages and/or at the winery. Some of the data is unfortunately missing, not all of it was on a requested spreadsheet. But there is enough here to scout around.
The Quote/Background: About a dozen WWCC members signed up, the entire membership received the spreadsheet.
The Wines: There were about 90 wines, both imported and domestic. They are grouped together by my measure of tasting and notes. They are NOT ranked. Nor are they reflective of any group consensus or of any other member's comments, etc. These are my own personal groupings as a wine writer/taster/judge.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Louis Roederer Champagne    NV    Brut Premier    $69.95     268771
-Piper-Heidsieck Champagne    NV $54.95 LCBO                           
-Iron Horse Classic Brut    2007        $29.95 Sonoma Private order        Glazer's -Cave Spring Cellars    NV    Blanc de Blancs    VQA Niagara $29.95     213983 LCBO
-Huff Estate Cuvee Peter F. Huff 2010 PEC, $39.95 (2007 is at Vintages)
-Fresita  Chile NV [strawberries and white wine]                           
-Henry of Pelham        Cuvee Catharine Brut     $29.95     217521 LCBO
-Henry of Pelham    2009    Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc    $44.95 315200
-Henry of Pelham        Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut    $29.95     217505 LCBO
-Tawse    2011    Spark Blend     $24.95     384966
-Chateau des Charmes n/v Brut $22.95 224766  LCBO
-ANGELS GATE WINERY    2011    HANDSOME BRUT    $24.95    395160 LCBO
-Philipponnat Champagne    N.V.    Royal Reserve Brut    $59.95     995720 Vintages
-Taittinger Champagne        Brut Reserve     $62.95     365312
-Champagne Tarlant    NV Brut Reserve    $42.40     325167
-Champagne Pannier    N/V    Brut Selection    $46.95     374421
-Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs Champagne $49.95 Private order        Glazer's Canada -Champagne Lacroix Triaulaire    N/V Brut    $42.95 Consignment
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee    2007        $41.00 Sonoma Private Order Glazer's Canada
-Cattier Champagne    N/V    Cattier Brut Premier Cru Champagne    $44.60     325720
-Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne (LCBO# 537605)                    
-Fielding Estate Winery    NV Brut $34.95 Winery
-Jackson-Triggs 2011 Grand Reserve Series Entourage Sparkling Brut $22.95 234161 Vintages
-Featherstone Winery    2010    Joy    $34.95     310334 Twenty Mile Bench Dec 6, 2014
-Flat Rock Riddled Sparking     2009    VQA $24.95 Vintages               
-Freixenet Sonoma Caves    N/V    Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut     $27.95    Airen Imports
-Kim Crawford 2009 Small Parcel Fizz Sparkling    $29.95     +381236    New Zealand
-Codorniu Raventos    NV PINOT NOIR LCBO $15.95
-Cono Sur    NV    Sparkling Brut    $13.95     215079    Chile    Bio Bio Valley
-Cono Sur    NV    Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose    $13.90     365205    Chile    Bio Bio -KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut 2010 $16.95     296426    South Africa
-Ste. Michelle Wine Estates    NV    Michelle Brut    $16.85 LCBO    363341 Washington
-Contraband    Sparkling Wine, +400127 LCBO $18.95 [also on tap too]               
-Lacheteau    NV    Chateau de Montgueret Cremant de Loire    $19.95     217760
-Creekside Estate The Trad Reserve 2011 Queenston Road Vineyard MT
-Gancia    nv    Gancia Sparkling Brut    $14.95     n/a    Italy    Piedmont
-Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad     $29.95?                       
-Tawse    2013    Spark Riesling    $19.95     VQA 370361
-Grange of Prince Edward     2010    Lot 2 Brut     $29.95 Prince Edward County
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Coyote's Run Winery    2011    Sparkling Chardonnay    $24.95    398388 LCBO Nov 22
-Coyote's Run Winery    2009    Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose    $29.95    359125 LCBO -Jackson-Triggs    2012    Reserve Series Cuvee Clos    $14.95    217679 LCBO
-John Howard Cellars of Distinction/Megalomaniac     2012    Bubblehead    $28.95     363655  LCBO
-Diamond Estates Winery    2012    FRESH Sparkling Rose    $13.95
-Lakeview Cellars    2008     GMR Sparkling    $19.95
-Diamond Estates Winery    2013    20 Bees Buzz & Bubbles    $13.95     332577 LCBO
-Chandron Brut    Sonoma                                       
-Bodega Santa Julia    N/V    Organic Sparkling Brut    $14.85     314237 LCBO    Mendoza
-Juve e Camps    NV    Brut Rose Pinot Noir Cava    $19.95     385088 Catalunya
-Jackson-Triggs    2010    Grand Reserve Series Entourage Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc    $29.95    353078 Vintages
-Jackson-Triggs    2010    Grand Reserve Series Entourage Sparkling Merlot    $29.95
-Sue-Ann Staff     2011    Sparkling & SASSY    $27.95     344622 Vintages
-Sue-Ann Staff     2011    Sparkling & Icy    $34.95     359703 Riesling Vintages Dec 4 -Colio Girls Night Out Sparkling $14.95
-PELEE ISLAND WINERY    2012    SECCO    $15.75 LENS    225946    LCBO
-Grange of Prince Edward 2013    Sparkling Riesling $19.95 392746 Prince Edward C Vintages
-Codorniu Classico    NV                               
-Fantinel    NV    Spumante Prosecco Brut One & Only DOC Millesimato    $19.95     390617 LCBO
-Palatine Hills    NV    Prestige    VQA $20.00
-Redstone    2011    Sparkling    $24.95 at Tawse VQA
-Barefoot Cellars    NV    Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio    $12.95    216952 LCBO
-Segura Viudas Brut Reserva $14.25                                   
-Delegat's Wine Estate    NV    Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Brut    $21.95     163634    New Zealand    Hawke's Bay
-Delegat's Wine Estate    NV    Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé    $21.95     280172    New Zealand    Hawke's Bay
-Freixenet    N/V    Freixenet Carta Negro Brut    $13.95     216945    Spain    Penedes
-Freixenet    N/V    Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut    $12.45     216887    Spain    Penedes
-Freixenet    N/V    Freixenet Cordon Rosado Brut    $13.95     217059    Spain    Penedes
-Bottega SPA    NV Vino Dei Poeti Prosecco DOC    $13.95 897702    Italy    Veneto
-Bottega SPA    NV    Vino Dei Poeti Brut Rose    $13.45 277202 Italy    Veneto
-La Marca    NV    La Marca Prosecco DOC    $17.95    Vintages #287987    Italy    Veneto
-Pierre Sparr Cremant Brut Reserve    $18.95     388603    France     Alsace
-Ruffino     N/A    Prosecco DOC    $16.95         Italy
-Foss Marai     NV    Foss Marai Extra Dry Prosecco     $19.95     72939    Veneto
-Villa Sandi Prosecco (LCBO# 394387)     $14.45                           
-Saphora Rose    New Zealand                                   
-Saphora Sparkling    New Zealand                                   
-Gancia    nv    Gancia Prosecco DOC    $16.95     n/a    Italy    Piedmont
-Gancia    nv    Gancia Sparkling Rose    $14.95     n/a    Italy    Piedmont   
-Rockway    Patio 9 Niagara    $12.95                                   
-Rockway    Patio 9 Rose Niagara    $12.95                           
-Huff Estate Cuvee Janine 2012 PEC, $29.95 Winery
-Tenuta S. Anna    N/V     Tenuta S. Anna Prosecco  Extra Dry    $17.95     388710
-Mionetto Prosecco Treviso $17.95                                       
-Il Prosecco Mionetto    $13.30                                       
-Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut (LCBO# 687582)     $17.95   
-Hungaria    $12.25                                           
-Sumarroca Prosecco                                           
The Food: bread and water
The Downside: my own personal feeling is that, overall, the wines were not as good as last year's wines. It may be different vintage years, it may be changes in wine submissions, it may be pricing levels – I do not know.
The Upside: a chance to taste a large collection of sparklers.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 93.


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