The Date and Time: Tuesday April 26, 2016 3PM to 4:30PM
The Event: A structured tasting with Suzanne Groth, one of the owners of Groth Vineyards & Winery "rooted in Oakville" Napa.
The Venue: George Brown College Wine Lab at Chefs House
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines were available for ordering except the 1997.
The Quote/Background: In this sitdown tasting, Ms. Groth talked about her life in Napa and the terroir surrounding the Oakville area for her wines (137 net vineyard acres, planted in 1981/82. They produce cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc wines. More details are at www.grothwines.com.
The Wines: Suzanne Groth spoke about the eight wines at the tasting.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Oakville Napa, N/A
-Groth Chardonnay 2014 Hillview Vineyard Napa, $56.95 (BF sur lie 8 months)
-Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Oakville Napa, $112.95 (12% merlot, 65% new Fr oak, 22 months)
-Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Reserve Oakville Napa, $196.95 (10% merlot, 100% new Fr oak, 22 months)
-Six pack with 2 bottles each at $174.95 each bottle (6 x $174.95) - Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Oakville Napa; -Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Oakville Napa; -Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Oakville Napa.
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Napa, $41.95 (9% semillon, 80% of total wine barrel fermented)
The Food: bread sticks and water.
The Downside: it was a short tasting
The Upside: a chance to engage with Suzanne Groth
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.