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Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Event: Taste Oregon; a journey of discovery April 11, 2017 The Distillery District

The Date and Time: Tuesday April 11, 2017  11AM to 4PM
The Event: Taste Oregon; a journey of discovery
The Venue: The Fermenting Cellar and Archeo, both in the Distillery District.
The Target Audience: wine trade (agents, media, sommeliers)
The Availability/Catalogue: very few wines are at the LCBO, most are available on consignment or by private order. Prices were variably vague. The catalogue was "open" but contained the essential details of representation, names and addresses.
The Quote/Background: There was a structured tasting and seminar at 2PM, but I had to pass it up because of my time frame. There was also a consumer show at 7PM.
The Wines: Over 46 wineries appeared. I did not taste every wine, just hoping to taste at least one or two at most of the wineries. Of course pinot noir and pinot gris dominated, but there were some chardonnays, blends, some cabs and a syrah or two,
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Argyle Vintage Brut 2013  Profile
-Bachelder Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2014  Lifford
-Bachelder Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014  Lifford
-Bergstrom Wines Sigrid Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014  Halpern
-Bergstrom Wines Old Stones Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014  Halpern
-Bergstrom Wines Cumberland Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015  Halpern
-Chehalem Ian's Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013  The Vine Agency
-Sokol Blosser Evolution White NV   PMA Canada
-Solena Estate Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2015 Nicholas Pearce
-Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Rose 2016  $27.95  The Vine Agency
-Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014    Abcon
-Shea Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Pommard Clone Pinot Noir 2014  $112.95  Woodman
-Mouton Noir Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013  Noble Estate
-Phelps Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2015  Wine On Line
-Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Orchard Block Pinot Noir 2013  PMA Canada
-Seven Bridges Winery Prima Nata (Cab.Sauv&Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot) Columbia 2013
-Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 $60   Nicholas Pearce
-Foris Rogue Valley Pinot Blanc 2015  Dan Barrett
-Le Cadeau Aubichon Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Gris Reserve 2014  Le Sommelier
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Rex Hill Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013  Nicholas Pearce wines
-Adelsheim Caitlin's Reserve Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014    Mark Anthony
-Alexana Winery Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014 Terroir Series  $36.95  Le Sommelier
-Bachelder Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2014   Lifford
-Chateau Bianca Wetzel Estate Cuvee Blanc NV
-Firesteed Citation Oregon Chardonnay 2014   Intravino
-Siduri Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2014  $58  Halpern
-Merriman Wines Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013  $19.99 USD retail
-Phelps Creek Lynette Chardonnay 2014  Wine On Line
-Roco Winery Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2015  $52.50  J Hanna and Sons
-Shea Wine Cellars Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay 2014  Empson Canada
-Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2014 The Vine Agency
-Winter's Hill Estate Dundee Hills Watershed Pinot Gris 2015   Abcon
-Solena Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014  Nicholas Pearce
-Trisaetum Winery Coast Range Estate Pinot Noir 2014  Nicholas Pearce Wines
-Union Wine Company Underwood Oregon Pinot Noir 2015  Rogers & Co
-Adelsheim Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014
-Chehalem Three Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013  The Vine Agency
-Firesteed Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014  Intravino
-Foris Rogue Valley Pinot Gris 2015  Dan Barrett
The Food: roasted kalette salad with hay smoked rye berries and lingonberries, new potato salad with Kozlik mustard and birch syrup raisins, smoked baked west coast salmon – served at Archeo 11AM to 3PM. All dee-lishus!
The Downside: I had to go to another show immediately afterwards.
The Upside: It had been 12 years since the last Oregon show, which was at St Lawrence Hall and had also featured a salmon bake. This time there was also a selection of some 52 wines at Archeo's bar for media/trade to sample.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92.


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