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Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Event: Winetario: celebrating the 22nd Annual Ontario Wine Awards. June 16/16

The Date and Time: Thursday, June 16, 2016  3PM to 5PM
The Event: Winetario: celebrating the 22nd Annual Ontario Wine Awards.
The Venue: The Atrium of George Brown College
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available. Unfortunately the catalogue only had a listing of wineries with spaces for notes, no listing of wines and prices, so I was spotty in recording exact information and prices.
The Quote/Background: 18 Wineries participated.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catherine Rose Brut
-Konzelmann Estate Gewurztraminer Late Harvest 2013, $17 winery
-Palatine Hills Estate Chardonnay 2012 Neufeld Vineyard, $23
-Palatine Hills Estate Merlot 2012 GOLD $35
-Southbrook Vineyards Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2013 Biodynamic
-Thirty Bench Wine Makers Small Lot Wood Post 2014 Riesling, $30
-Thirty Bench Wine Makers Sparkling Riesling, $35
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $15
-Creekside Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Reserve, $27
-Diamond Estates Viognier 2014, $18
-Diamond Estates McMichael Group of Seven Chardonnay 2014
-Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling 2013
-Inniskillin Viognier Reserve 2015, $20
-Jackson-Triggs Meritage Red 2014, $25
-Kacaba Vineyards Terrace Syrah 2013, $29.95
-Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $24.95
-Konzelmann Estate Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2012 Family Reserve, $50
-Megalomaniac Bubblehead Rose NV Sparkling
-Niagara College Meritage 2011, $28
-Niagara College Gastronomy Chardonnay 2014, $18
-Palatine Hills Estate Riesling 2015, $13
-Peller Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014
-Pillitteri Estates Cab-Merlot Canadian Gothic 2013, $13
-Southbrook Vineyards Seriously Cool Red
-Trius RH3 Merlot 2012
-Two Sisters Riesling 2014
-Two Sisters Merlot 2012
-Vineland Estates Dry Riesling 2015
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2014, $24.95
-Megalomaniac Riesling 2015
-Niagara College Rose 2014
-Trius Rose 2015
-Pelee Island Chardonnay Reserve 2015
-Two Sisters Cabernet Franc 2012
-Vineland Estates Game Changer White 2013
The Food: some local cheeses via The Cheese Boutique plus breads and fruit. In the evening there were also apps.
The Downside: it was a smaller show than in previous years (last was 2014).
The Upside: more time to spend talking with pourers and winemakers.
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.

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