The Date and Time: Monday, April 20, 2015 11AM to 4PM
The Event: Somewhereness Trade Tasting: terroir in Ontario VQA wines.
The Venue: St. James Cathedral Centre
The Target Audience: I was there for the first two hours where it was just the writers, so we had room and space to roam around and talk to the wineries.
The Availability/Catalogue: Everything is available at the winery, some are also at the LCBO. Some wines are restricted to licensees only.
The Quote/Background: the wines were presented from East to West
The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Prices are retail except where specified.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Norman Hardie Prince Edward County Pinot Noir 201, $39.
-Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir 2011, $39.
-Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2013, $22.75
-Southbrook Whimsy "Minerality" Chardonnay Four Mile Creek 2012, $34.75
-Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2012, $35
-Stratus Tollgate White Wine 2011, $19.75
-Stratus White 2012, $38
-13th Street Winery Cuvee Rose NV, $24.95
-Flat Rock Nadja's Vineyard Riesling 2014, $19.95
-Flat Rock Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2012, $24.95
-Flat Rock Riddled 2009, $29.95
-Cave Spring Riesling Estate Extra-Dry 2010, $24.95
-Cave Spring Cabernet Franc Estate 2012, $29.95
-Tawse Spark Riesling Blend 2013, $24.95
-Malivoire Stouck Meritage 2011, $34.95
-Bachelder Saunders Chardonnay 2012, $44.95
-Bachelder Wismer Chardonnay 2012, $44.95
-Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir Locust Lane Beamsville 2013, $48
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling 2014, $27
-Flat Rock Chardonnay 2012, $18.95
-Cave Spring CSV Riesling 2013, $29.95
-Cave Spring CSV Chardonnay 2012, $29.95
-Cave Spring The Adam Steps Riesling 2013, $24.95
-Bachelder Pinot Noir Parfum 2013
-Norman Hardie Niagara Chardonnay 2012, $39
-Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc, $21.75
-Stratus Red 2010, $44
-13th Street Essence Syrah 2012, $44.95
-Tawse Quarry Road Chardonnay Vinemount Ridge 2012, $35.95
-Malivoire Cabernet Franc Creek Shores 2013, $24.95
The Food: the regulars were there, providing great food- Best Baa Dairy, Monforte Dairy, Upper Canada Cheese Company, Fat Chance Sliced Cold Salmon Co., and De La Terre Kitchen for breads and spreads. Backhouse (eggs and prosciutto) I think is new.
The Downside: nothing, really
The Upside: a chance for some space and some good talking.
The Contact Person: www.somewhereness.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.