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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Event: The 13th Annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting

The Date and Time: Monday, May 11, 2015  3Pm to 7PM
The Event: The 13th Annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting
The Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre, back lobby on Victoria
The Target Audience: clients, subscribers to the Imbibers' Report, wine writers.
The Availability/Catalogue: just about everything is at the LCBO via the general list or Vintages. There is direct delivery for Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery.
The Quote/Background: It was a mildly garish location, but then that's the wine business – very elegant and stylish, very old style too.
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines, nor the mixed drinks.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-C.H. Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2012 Mosel, $24.95
-Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2013 Alsace, $15.95
-Fresita Sparkling Wine NV Chile, $13.95 [my fave sparkler]
-Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2013 Livermore Valley, $17.95  [my fave white]
-Michael David Winery Earthquake Zinfandel 2012 Lodi, $39.95  [my fave red]
-Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2012 Quebec 375 mL, $25.25
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Hermanos Lurton Tempranillo 2012 Toro, $16.90
-Willm Riesling Reserve 2013 Alsace, $15.95
-Chateau Tour Saint-Vincent 2010 Medoc Cru Bourgeois, $23.95
-d'Arenberg The Football Shiraz 2011 McLaren Vale, $21.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Sassy and Sparkling Riesling 2011, $27.95
-Marques de Riscal Reserva 2010 Rioja, $24.30
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2008 Navarra, $16.95
-San Leonino Governo all'Uso Toscano 2013 Sangiovese Toscana IGT, $19.95
-La Merika Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Central Coast California, $19.95
-Ryan Patrick Rock Island Red 2012 Wahluke Slope Washington, $27.95
-Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel 2012 Lodi, $24.95
-Michael David Winery Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Lodi, $24.95
-Marques de Riscal White 2014 Rueda, $12.20
-Chivite Gran Feudo Rosado 2014 Navarra, $11.95
-Gran Lurton Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Uco Mendoza Argentina, $24.95
-Francois Lurton Pinot Grigio 2014 Uco Argentina, $12.95
-Segura Viudas Cava NV Brut Reserva, $14.45
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Deakin Estate Artisan's Blend Cabernet Tempranillo 2013 Victoria, $12.80
-Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough, $15.45
-Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Livermore Valley, $17.95
-Guy Saget Sancerre 2013, $23.95
-Cellier des Dauphins Prestige White Cotes du Rhone 250 mL, $4.75
-Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Casablanca Valley Chile, $12.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Merlot 2012, $19.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red 2012, $14.95
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Cabernet Franc 2011, $19.95
-Waimea Pinot Gris 2014 Nelson New Zealand, $18.95
-Waimea Classic Riesling 2014 Nelson New Zealand, $18.95
-Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2011 Veneto, $17
-House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Western Cape South Africa, $12.85
The Food: there was a cheese platter with biscuits, and six slider platters of mini- pretzel buns with roast beef, smoked turkey, mortadella, roasted eggplant, chicken salad, and ham & cheese.
The Downside: I had just come off a heavy tasting weekend, so I was selective in my wine tasting here.
The Upside: a good chance to taste the Ontario wines of Sue-Ann Staff.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.

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