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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Event:California Wine Fair 2017 Tour, April 3 in Toronto

The Date and Time: Monday April 3, 2017  1PM to 5:30 PM
The Event:California Wine Fair 2017 Tour
The Venue: Fairmont Royal York
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: A separate media room had been set up in order to have a quiet space for the wine writers. 52 or so wines were available for sampling and writing. More, of course, were at the main show which started at 2:30.
The Quote/Background: I tasted most of the wines in the media room and a few others from the big room. Kudos for the media room setup.
The Wines: Where known, agents are listed for private orders/consignment.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard $345 Lifford
-Heitz Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Napa Valley Martha's Vineyard $455 Lifford
-Nicols Merlot 1999 Paso Robles  [no agent]
-Nicols Chardonnay 2000 edna Valley  [no agent]
-La Crema Chardonnay 2014 Sonoma Coast $29.95 Vintages
-Benovia Chardonnay Fort Ross Seaview 2014 $89.95 Univins
-Bogle Vineyards Phantom California 2012 $30 Abcon
-DAOU Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2013 $158.95 Vintages
-Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay Napa 2013 $6795 Vintages
-Groth Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2013 $113.95  The Vine Agency
-Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder 2013 $115.99  Lifford
-Treana Blanc Central Coast 2014 $29.95 Vintages
-Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 $162.95  Profile
-Schug Pinot Noir Carneros 2015 $46.99 Lifford
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis Napa 2014 $79.95 Vintages Fall2017
-Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages Red Blend Sonoma 2013 $66.41 Mark Anthony
-Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 $34.95 Vintages
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-O'Neill Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Paso Robles $27.95  Airen
-O'Neill Austerity Chardonnay 2015 Arroyo Seco $27.95  Airen
-La Crema Pinot Noir 2014 Sonoma Coast $29.95 Vintages
-Artesa Estate Chardonnay Carneros 2014 $22.95 Andrew Peller Imports
-Cline Big Break Zinfandel Contra Costa County 2014 $42.95  Vinexx
-Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014 $35.95 Vintages
-Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard 2013 $117.95 Vintages
-Ferrari-Carano Reserve Caberente Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2013 $75 Halpern
-Hall Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 $79.95 Vintages Fall 2017
-J. Lohr Vyd Series Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2014 $54.95  Profile
-Reata Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2014  $69.95   Carpe Vinum
-Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013  Family Wine Merchants
-Pedroncelli Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2014   Kylix
-J Davies Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014 $193.95  The Vine Agency
-Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014  $79.95  Philippe Dandurand
-St. Supery Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa 2016 $32.95  Vintages
-Beringer Chardonnay Napa 2014 $22.95 Vintages
-Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 $106 Mark Anthony
-Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District Napa 2013 $89.95 Vintages Fall 2017
-Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 $49.95 Vintages
The Food: terrine, breads, cheeses (gouda, borgonzola, white cheddar, havarti with dill, triple crème Brie, Niagara gold, Le Cremeaux), and veggie platters
The Downside:  as always, I could not taste every wine.
The Upside: there are still a wide variety of drier California wines.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.

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