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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Event: the Annual (14th) Sparkling Wine tasting by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.

The Date and Time: Saturday, September 25, 2016  10AM to 3PM
The Event: the Annual (14th) Sparkling Wine tasting by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.
The Venue: WWCC Clubhouse
The Target Audience: members of the WWCC
The Availability/Catalogue: all of the 50+ wines are available in Ontario through the usual distribution channels, including "consignment" or "Ontario winery only". The intent is to showcase to our members what wines would be avaialble for the upcoming Holiday seasons.
The Quote/Background: The WWCC has been holding this tasting every fall in order to give its members a chance to taste what is in the marketplace for the upcoming Holiday Seasons (Thanksgiving through New Years and St. Valentines Day). About a dozen writers turn up over the course of a day. We the WWCC would like to thank our industry partners for the opportunity to sample these wines.
The Wines: Although ciders were also requested, we only received one:     Thornbury Apple Cider $3 +333583 5.30% ABV, which was tasted at the end and rated by me at a good Four Stars (91 points), and highly recommended. What follows are grape-based wines; the ratings are MINE ALONE and not the group's. Each writer rates or writes separately, and there is no cumulative total or average rating. 
**** BEST (rated by Dean Tudor, listed in no order) -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tawse Winery    Sparkling Brut    2014    $25.25     #384966    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris    LCBO Direct delivery program, Winery
-Tawse Winery    Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling    2014    $20.20     #370361 Riesling    LCBO (releases), Restaurants
-Balbi Soprani Brachetto d"Acqui NV 15.95 +298570 Piedmont Vintages Wharton Fine Wines
-Colio Estate Wines Lily Sparkling    N/V    16.95    418657    Riesling
-Westcott    Brilliant Brut    2013    32.95            Niagara        Winery   
-Westcott    Violette Brut    NV    25.95            Niagara        Winery   
-Vieni Estates    Rose Brut    2012    $19.95 Vinemount chardonnay, pinot noir    Winery
-Cave Spring Cellars    Blanc de Blancs    NV    29.95    213983 Niagara     Chardonnay
-Henry of Pelham    Cuvée Catharine Blanc de Blanc 'Carte Blanche'    2011    44.95    315200    Chardonnay    LCBO, Retail   
-Taittinger    Brut Reserve NV    60.65    365312 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier
-Cave de Lugny    Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs 21.95 460865 Chardonnay    Vintages Dec 10    Trilogy
-Pierre Sparr Brut Rosé Crémant d'Alsace $18.95    39016    Alsace Pinot Noir
-Banshee Wines Mercat Brut Nature NV 21.95 465658 Penedes Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada
-Raventós i Blanc    De Nit 2013    33.50    Spain    Conca del Riu Anoia    Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Monastrall    Private Order    Cru Wine Merchants
-Featherstone Winery 2012 Cuvee Joy    $34.95 310334 Niagara Peninsula
-Flat Rock Cellars Riddled 2010 $29.95 383315 Twenty Mile Bench Chardonnay Winery Only.
-Loire Vins Domaine Chateau D'eternes Saumur Brut NV    $15.15 429696 Chenin/Chardonnay
***1/2 BETTER (rated by Dean Tudor, listed in no order) -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vieni Estates Vidal Sparkling Icewine 2014 49.95 Vinemount    Winery
-Vieni Estates Sparkling Cab Icewine 2013    69.95 Vinemount Cab Franc&Sauv Winery
-Pelee Island Winery Secco 2013 14.1%ABV    225946 Lake Erie North Shore    85% Pinot Blanc/ 15% Auxerrois
-Vieni Estates Bruce Trail Rose N/v    15.95    Vinemount    Pinot Meunier (!!)    Winery
-Vieni Estates Classic Brut 2013 22.95 Vinemount Chard,p.noir,p.meunier     winery
-Henry of Pelham    Cuvée Catharine Brut NV    29.95    217521 Niagara Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
-Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut NV 29.95 217505 Niagara PinotNoir/Chard
-Jackson-Triggs Entourage Sparkling Brut 2012 $24.95     234161 Niagara Peninsula    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir   
-Chateau de Montgueret    Cremant de Loire    NV    19.95    LCBO
-Pierre Sparr Cremant d' Alsace Brut Reserve $18.95 388603 Pinot Blanc/Pinot Auxerrois
-Raventós i Blanc    L'Hereu 2013 28.00 Conca del Riu Anoia Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada    Private Order    Cru Wine Merchants
-Sorelle Bronca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut NV    24.50    San Pietro di Feletto    Glera    Private Order    Cru Wine Merchants
-Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz 2011 $29.95 381236 Marlborough Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
-Cono Sur    Pinot Noir Rose Brut 13.95 LCBO
-Tawse Winery  David's Bloc Brut  2011  Chardonnay Winery
-Juve y Camps     Brut Rose Pinot Noir Cava $21.95 385088 Catlunya Pinot Noir
*** GOOD (rated by Dean Tudor, listed in no order) -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pelee Island Winery LOLA Vidal 2014 12.95 450900    Lake Erie North Shore
-Pelee Island Winery LOLA Rose 2014    13.1 450981 Lake Erie NorthShore Vidal/ Chambourcin
-Rapscallion Wine Co.    Frisky Beaver Bubbly Beaver     NV    16.95    467183 Riesling
-Diamond Estates Wines&Spirits EastDell Cuvee Brut 2011 24.95 Niagara Pinot Noir/Chard
The Winery & online    
-Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits FRESH Ideas Sparking Riesling 2013 15.95 441162
-Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits FRESH Possibilities Sparking Rose 2014    15.95    341347
-Grange Lot 4 Brut NV    PEC           
-Vieni Estates Momenti Rose 15.95 Canada Vinemount chard,p.noir,P.meun,riesling11.5
-Vieni Estates Momenti    13.95    vinemount    p.Grigio,s.Blanc,Vidal,Gewurt 6.5    Winery
-Kacaba Winery Effervescence Brut 2015 29.95 Niagara Chardonnay, Pinot  Noir, Riesling
-Fermi Bohigas Reserva Brut $18.95 401216 Penedes Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada, Chard  -Freixenet Carta Nevada $12.95 +216887    Spain    Penedes    33% Parellada
-Freixenet Cordon Negro 1.5litres Magnum $25.45 180588 Penedes 40%Parellada
-Blue Nun    Brut 22K Gold Edition
-Ruffino Prosecco    NV    $16.95     467811 Glera
-Fantinel    Prosecco Brut One & Only  $18.95     390617 Friuli Glera
-Piera Martellozzo S.p.A Blu Giovello Prosecco    $15.05 85316 Friuli, Veneto    Glera
The Food: bread and water, almonds.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95.


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