The Date and Time: Thursday June 8 2017 1:30PM to 4:30PM
The Event: Descorchados (Latin America) 2017 Trade and media Tasting in Toronto
The Venue: 2nd Floor Events, King and Spadina
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: The tasting notes booklet was arranged in table order; unfortunately, the table placards had no number on them. The best approach, then, was going from table 1 to table 48 with no jumping around. However, the tables were only in order by row, which meant that if you wanted order you must go down the row on the right to the end and then bounce back to the beginning to go down the left-hand row, etc. This could have been obviated by putting table numbers on the placards. Anyway, I got great exercise – in the heat.
The Quote/Background: Four countries were here: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
The Wines: There were 46 wineries with 22 varietals and over 200 wines in all. I just tasted the table wines. Listings are based on the book-catalogue. Agents listed where known.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bodega Aleanna El Enemigo Chardonnay 2015 Argentina $25.95
-Trapiche Gran Medalla Chardonnay 2015 Argentina
-Laura Catena Luca Chardonnay 2015 Argentina
-Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015 Argentina $22.95 PO Kirkwood Diamond
-Zuccardi Finca Piedra Infinita Malbec 2014 Argentina +433862 $119
-Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Chile +18721 Vintages $17.95
-Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Mas Andes Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
-Luis Felipe Edwards Marea Chardonnay 2015 Leyda $19.99
-Perez Cruz Pircas de Liguai Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Maipo Andes $40
-San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Maipo $19.95
-Ventisquero Tara White Wine 1 Chardonnay 2014 Atacama $50 – 52
-William Cole Mirador Selection Chardonnay 2016 Casablanca $15.95 Abcon
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Finca La Moras Gran Syrah 2014 Argentina $25
-Mascota Vineyards Opi Chardonnay 2016 Argentina $10.95
-Garzon Single Vineyard Albarino 2016 Uruguay $23
-Vinedo de Los Vientos Estival Gewurzt/Chardonnay/Moscato 2016 Uruguay $17 TBD
-Zuccardi Aluvional Gualtallary Malbec 2014 Argentina $80 Dionysus
-Zuccardi Poligonos del Valle de Uco 2015 Argentina $29.95 Dionysus
-Tarapaca Gran reserva Pinot Noir Chile +404210 Vintages $17.95
-Aquitania Sol de Sol Chardonnay 2012 Chile $35 US
-Baron Philippe de Rothschild Casablanca Escudo Rojo Sauvignon Blanc 2016
-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Limari Chardonnay 2016
-Cono Sur Single Vineyard Block No 18 El Recurso Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Maipo
-Koyle Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Colchagua Costa $22
-Laberinto Wines Cenizas de Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Maule-Colbun
-Maquis Gran Reserva Carmenere 2013 Colchagua $15.95 Halpern
-Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Colchagua $15.96 Halpern
-Miguel Torres Cordillera Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Elqui Family Wine Merchants
-Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $16.95
-Santa Carolina Luis Pereira Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Chile $200 Charton Hobbs
-Santa Ema Amplus Chardonnay 2015 Leyda $17.95
-Santa Ema Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Leyda $15.95 Vintages
-Tabali Talinay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Limari
-William Cole Mirador Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Casablanca $15.95 Abcon
The Food: charcuterie, sausages, cheese, breads.
The Downside: event organizers continue to amaze me by finding new ways to make it difficult to get to a table you want to visit. Here, it was the sequence of rows.
The Upside: we got a free copy of the Descorchados book!!
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.