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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Event: Portfolio tasting of Signature Wines & Spirits

The Date and Time:  Thursday, May 28, 2015   2PM to 5PM
The Event: Portfolio tasting of Signature Wines & Spirits
The Venue: La Maquette
The Target Audience: clients and wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most everything is available through LCBO or Vintages now or later.
The Quote/Background: It had been awhile since I was at Brian Banyard's last porfolio tasting, so I welcomed it back.
The Wines: PNR = Price Not Reported
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Casetta Barbaresco 2009, $22.95 +412247
-Dutton Estate Chardonnay Sonoma County 2012  PNR
-Chateau de la Riviere Fronsac 2005, $34.95
-Castello Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010, $75
-Chateau Haut-Logat 2010 Haut Medoc   PNR
-Coto de Imaz Rioja Reserva 2010  PNR
-Clos des Brusquieres 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape PNR   [fave of the day]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Monte del Fra Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 $49.95 +47506
-Monte del Fra Ripasso della Valpolicella 2011 $19.95 +165662
-Querceto di Castellina L'Aura Chianti Classico 2012, $24.95 +405019
-Olivier LaFlaive Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012, $14.95 +942482
-El Coto de Rioja Rosado, $12.95 +404442
-El Coto de Rioja Crianza 2011  PNR
-Agostino Petrida Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserva 2010  PNR
-La Cuvee Mythique 2013 Pays d'Oc  PNR
-Bod. Mas Alta Artigas Priorat 2008   PNR
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Cave du Coudray Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013, $13.95 +413757
-Cheval-Quancard Reserve Blanc Bordeaux, $13.95 +401604
-Val d'Orbieu Route de Sud Viognier France, $12.95 +405936
-Quinta do Valdoeiro Red Portugal, $12.95 +320036
-Senhora do Convento Tawny Port, $16.95 +398248
The Food: platters of mushrooms in pastry, bruschetta, grilled chicken breast slices, prosciutto, cheeses, grilled shrimp, deep fried brie, and more.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 85.

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