The Date and Time: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2 Pm – 5 PM
The Event: 25th Anniversary Celebration for Conundrum Wines, celebrated by the wine media and the Wagner Family of Wines
The Venue: Milestones Patio, Yonge and Dundas
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines but one are (or will be) at Vintages.
The Quote/Background: it was a great opportunity to taste some stunning California wines from Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, and Caymus.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Conundrum White 2014, +694653 $24.95 Vintages Essential
-Mer Soleil Reserve Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2013, +378661 $34.95 Vintages California Walkabout Sept 22
-Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, +711663, $175.95 (V2013 Vintages release Nov 26 2016)
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Conundrum Rose 2015, $24.95 (available later, TBD)
-Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay 2014, +220343 Vintages $29.95
-Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2014, +960165, $27.95 Vintages California Walkabout Sept 22
-Emmolo Merlot 2013, +96024, $69.95 Vintages
-Caymus Zinfandel 2013 $59.95 (V2014 Vintages release Fall 2016)
-Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $103.95 (V2014 Vintages release Nov 26 2016)
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Conundrum Red 2013, +294298 $24.95 Vintages Essential
The Food: we walked around with fried calamari, prime rib sliders, lettuce stuffed tacos, fish tacos, Asian Thai chicken bites, mostly from Cathryn our waitress.
The Downside: it was a blazing hot day, the entire patio was exposed to the naked sun except for one umbrella which was coveted. For serious tasting, I brought some glasses inside.
The Upside: pretty good food to match the wines.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.