Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Event: Salud Spain walk-around tasting, put on by Vintages.
The Venue: Leon's RoundHouse
The Target Audience: initially, wine writers until 6:30 and then the paying
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines were available, some as exclusive
orders that night, others are at the LCBO or Vintages. Some wines were just
for tasting, not for ordering.
The Quote/Background: most wines were available for ordering that night,
some as exclusives.
The Wines: I did not try every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ TINTO PESQUERA CRIANZA 2012 DO Ribera del Duero $32
-BODEGAS ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ TINTO PESQUERA RESERVA 2006 Ribera del Duero
-CLUB LEALTANZA RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $39 +293852
-LEALTANZA GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $30 +927913
-ALCEÑO PREMIUM 50 BARRICAS SYRAH 2012 DO Jumilla $13.95 +398933
-BARON DE LEY 7 VIÑAS RESERVA 2007 DOCa Rioja $46 +91983
-MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES GRAN RESERVA 1986 DOCa Rioja $100 +33332
-CHIVITE COLECCIÓN 125 RESERVA 2010 DO Navarra $38 +702431
-BERONIA GRAN RESERVA 2007 DOCa Rioja $40 +940965
-BERONIA III A.C 2011 DOCa Rioja $80 +433326
-DOMINIO DE TARES CEPAS VIEJAS MENCIA 2011 DO Bierzo $29.95 Vintages
-ANAYÓN CARIÑENA 2012 DO Cariñena $32 +432047
-CONDE DE VALDEMAR GRAN RESERVA 2007 DOCa Rioja $30 +114504
-BODEGAS TRADICIÓN PEDRO XIMÉNEZ TRADICIÓN 20-YEAR-OLD VOS SHERRY $120
-TORRES SALMOS 2012 DOCa Priorat $31 +60772
-TORRES MAS LA PLANA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010 DO Penédes $59 +129676
-BODEGAS TORO ALBALÁ DON PX RESERVA ESPECIAL 1962 DO Montilla-Moriles $205
-BODEGAS TORO ALBALÁ DON PX GRAN RESERVA 1986 DO Montilla-Moriles $53
-BODEGAS OLARRA SUMMA 2009 DOCa Rioja $42 +433656
-LAZTANA RESERVA 2009 DOCa Rioja $19 +433649
-OLARRA CLÁSICO RESERVA 2009 DOCa Rioja $18.95 +423541
-LAN VIÑA LANCIANO RESERVA 2010 DOCa Rioja $34 +955096
-ROMPESEDAS 2006 DO Toro $19.95 +425868
-ROMPESEDAS FINCA LAS PARVAS 2006 DO Toro $101 +433755
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating
-LAN D-12 CRIANZA 2012 DOCa Rioja $27 +431890
-ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ DEHESA DE LA GRANJA TINTO 2008 Vino de la Tierra de
Castilla y León $21.95 +192476
-BODEGAS TRADICIÓN FINO DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry $54 +431957
-BODEGAS TRADICIÓN VORS AMONTILLADO DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry $105
-FINCAS VALDEMAR CRIANZA 2012 DO Ribera del Duero $27 +432781
-INSPIRACIÓN VALDEMAR GRACIANO 2005 DOCa Rioja $34.95 +423525
-LA TERCERA RESERVA 2010 DOCa Rioja $26 +432443
-CVNE IMPERIAL GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $60 +598268
-VIÑA REAL GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $36.95 +280545
-ALCEÑO SELECCIÓN CRIANZA 2012 DO Jumilla $21 +433334
-ANAYÓN GARNACHA 2012 DO Cariñena $30.95 +424424
-DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS PÉTALOS 2013 DO Bierzo $25 +675207
-DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS VILLA DE CORULLÓN 2012 DO Bierzo $59
-DOMINIO DE TARES BEMBIBRE 2009 DO Bierzo $47 +433680
-BARON DE LEY GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $29.95 Vintages
-HACIENDA LÓPEZ DE HARO GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $25 +431973
-ROLLAND & GALARRETA 2011 DOCa Rioja $26 +434415
-HIRU 3 RACIMOS 2007 DOCa Rioja $157 +434746 Classics 2016
-ROLLAND & GALARRETA 2011 DO Ribera del Duero $28 +434423
-RIOJA VEGA 9 BARRICAS 2011 DOCa Rioja $37.95 +433706
-MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES GRAN RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $29.95 +976670
-MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES RESERVA 2009 DOCa Rioja $24.95 +702761
-CHIVITE FINCA DE VILLATUERTA SYRAH 2011 DO Navarra $25 +432005
-JULIÁN CHIVITE GRAN FEUDO RESERVA 2009 DO Navarra $16.95 Vint Essential
-LUSTAU ALMACENISTA VIDES PALO CORTADO DE JEREZ SHERRY 500mL $37 +431940
-LUSTAU EMILÍN SOLERA RESERVA MOSCATEL SHERRY $36 +433052
-VIENTO ALISEO GRACIANO/CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 DO La Mancha $17
-MUGA RESERVA 2011 DOCa Rioja $23.95 +177345 Vint Ess
-MUGA SELECCIÓN ESPECIAL RESERVA 2010 DOCa Rioja $40 +921536
-PALACIOS REMONDO LA MONTESA CRIANZA 2012 DOCa Rioja $21.95 +674572
-ALTO MONCAYO VERATON 2012 DO Campo de Borja $32.95 Vintages +173211
-PHINCAS 2011 DOCa Rioja $31 +431932
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-BHILAR PLOTS TINTO 2012 DOCa Rioja $19 +431908
-ALTO MONCAYO GARNACHA 2012 DO Campo de Borja $49 +396358
-PHINCA ENCANTO RUFETE 2011 DOCa Rioja $32.95 Vintages +424697
-TORRES GRAN CORONAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVA 2011 DO Penédes $19.95
Vint Ess +36483
-DOMINIO DE PUNCTUM EL PAULAR TEMPRANILLO/MERLOT 2014 DO La Mancha $16
-BODEGAS TORO ALBALÁ ELÉCTRICO DEL LAGAR FINO DO Montilla-Moriles 500mL $14
-RIOJA VEGA RESERVA 2008 DOCa Rioja $21.95 +423517
-HACIENDA VALVARÉS 2011 DOCa Rioja $19.95 Vintages +423509
-BARON DE LEY RESERVA 2010 DOCa Rioja $19.95 +958868
-MONASTERIO DE LAS VIÑAS GRAN RESERVA 2005 DO Cariñena $16.95 Vintages
The Food: catered by Daniel et Daniel who, I understand, do the Vintages
events. In addition to the six pass-around platters (ham croquettes,
samosas, tomatoes, salmon, shrimp) there were four food stations:
pomegranate BBQ grilled quail with farro and bacon (my fave), striploin sous
vide with manchego croquette, house-smoked Arctic char with fennel salad,
and beet ravioli with walnuts and cream.
The Downside: OMG the music was loud! I couldn't talk to anyone without
shouting. Do they need this noise to sell wine?
The Upside: the wines and the food were better than I expected.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.
Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
Look it up and you'll remember it; screw it up and you'll never forget it.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
The Event: A tasting and lunch with Marcelo Papa, Marques de Casa Concha and Casillero del Diablo (Concha y Toro) winemaker.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Thanks so much for this, it's an awesome review and breakdown.
I'm going to show the group at our meeting today.
I hope you had a great time at the event!
On Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:24:01 -0400, "Dean Tudor" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
The Date and Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6PM to 9PMThe Event: The Beer Experience: sixth yearThe Venue: Berkeley Church and FieldhouseThe Target Audience: beer drinkers, mediaThe Availability/Catalogue: there was no real listing of beers, just a listing of the participating breweries.The Quote/Background: The Ontario Craft Brewers were one of the sponsors, and certain beers were available in limited quantities just for the show. Toronto Beer Week was the backdrop as serious beer drinkers came to sample. The wine/beer press was delighted to sample as many beers as they could with one ounce pours. The two tasting pavilions were divided by a short walkway which contained a delightful surprise: Small Talk Vineyards and their Shiny Apple Cider (7% ABV, lots of apple peel character) for the non-beer drinker or as a change of pace. Of course, we had to rinse out our glasses. In the larger room, there was also Double Trouble Brewing featuring their excellent Pear Cider, a delightful surprise, and a lot better than the imports at the LCBO.The Beers: I decided to taste from breweries that were not local. It broke my heart not to taste Junction Craft Brewery, but it's just around the corner from me (extremely local) and I've tasted them already. There were over 50 other beers to taste, from about 17 or more breweries. We had plenty of opportunity to talk with the brewer/owners who were doing their own pours.**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):-Big Rig Ottawa Bock Me Gently (copperback)-Big Rig Ottawa Release the Hounds 6.2% Black IPA-Highlander Wee Heavy 8%-Collective Arts Porter Stranger Than Fiction (mocha)-Cameron's Rye Pale Ale***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):-Beau's 33 1/3 Barrel Aged (rum and bourbon)-Wellington Kicking Back IPA-Wellington Country Dark-Wellington Fresh Off the Wire-Highlander Scottish Ale 5.4%, +334375 LCBO-Collective Arts Stash Blond Ale 5%-Cameron's Auburn-Cameron's Dry Hopped*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):-The Collingwood Vintage 2015 6.9%-The Collingwood ESB Ale 5.8%-Side Launch Brewing Dunkelbach 5.8% (Flemish)-Sawdust City Brewing Co 1606 Oatmeal Stout (oak barrels)-Sawdust City Brewing Co Saison-Double Trouble Brewing Fire in the Rye 6.5%-Double Trouble Brewing Hops & Robber-Double Trouble Brewing Coffin Stout-Black Oak Red Eye Coffee IPA 7.5%-Black Oak Nut Brown 6%The Food: there were good varieties and portions, sold at $5 each. I had a fried red snapper taco that was mildly spiced (they had to play to the masses). Other meats were available, such as sliders, steaks, chicken, guacamole, and the like.The Downside: few places to rinse and even fewer to spit. I ended up carrying a spittoon.The Upside: a good chance to taste a wide variety of craft beers.The Contact Person: email@example.com and www.beerexperience.caThe Event’s Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.
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The Event: Annual Tasting of Imported Sparkling Wines by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada. Sept 21