The Date and Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Noon to 2PM
The Event: Tasting hosted by Rodolfo Opi Sadler, winemaker at Mascota Vineyards (Mendoza, Argentina)
The Venue: LCBO Summerhill Kitchen, Scrivener Square
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: three wines are at the LCBO, as noted below.
The Quote/Background: "Opi" spoke to the wines as we tasted them. Most of the wines are aged in all French barrels, with a few in US and French oak. The winery was proclaimed "Argentine Wine Producer of the Year 2014" by the IWSC. Not tasted were the La Mascota Cabernet Franc and Shiraz (lined price at $13.95).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, +292110 LCBO 14%ABV
-Mascota Big Bat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, $70 14% TBD
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Mascota Extra Brut Trad. Meth. 2013, $19.95 [100% pinot noir] TBD
-Mascota Opi Chardonnay 2015, $10.95 13.5%ABV TBD
-Gran Mascota Malbec 2012, $23.95 +443333 15%ABV
-Mascota Unanime 2011, $29.95 +466938 60%CabSauv/25Malbec/15CabFr
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Mascota Malbec 2014, $13.95 TBD 14%ABV
The Food: appetizer platters of parilla (beef ribs, steak, sausage, mango salsa), white sandwiches, empanadas de carne.
The Downside: the winemaker was tied up in traffic, so we had a red and a white wine and the food first, followed by his arrival and discussion.
The Upside: a chance to pair Argentine food with Argentine wine.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.