The Date and Time: Monday June 24 2019 5:15PM to 9 PM
The Event: The 2019 Lieutenant-Governor Awards for Excellence in Ontario Wines and the Winetario consumer walkabout show.
The Venue: Atrium, George Brown College, Adelaide Street
The Target Audience: media and OWA judges for the LG Awards, consumers later in the evening beginning at 7PM.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available at the winery and some of the LCBO, but overall inventories were now low. Everybody loves a winner! The catalogue had plenty of information about the 13 wineries but no wines were listed.
The Quote/Background: The LG Awards (and the speeches) were the closing presentations for this year's George Brown College Wine Symposium. The 11 winning wineries were in attendance pouring their medal-winning wines. These wines were the "best in show" wines as a top tier of the Ontario Wine Awards, which covers about 26 categories of Gold Medal wines. We had a chance to taste them all, and they are indicated below as "LGA". The LGA segued into the consumer show at 7PM, with some of the LG wineries and some others – 13 in all – pouring their wines.
The Wines: I tried all the LGA but I did not try all of the other wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-LGA Sue-Ann Staff Estate 2017 Howard's Vidal Icewine
-LGA Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate 2016 Grand Reserve Merlot
-LGA Megalomaniac N/V Bubblehead
-LGA Niagara College Teaching Winery 2017 Gastronomy Chardonnay [my FAVE white]
-Niagara College Teaching Winery 2017 Gastronomy Fume Blanc
-2017 Cellars Rose Gamay Wismer-Foxcroft Vineyards 2018
-Southbrook Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2017
-Reif Estate Drea's Sauvignon Blanc 2017
-Chateau des Charmes Riesling Old Vines 2015
-Chateau des Charmes Brut Sparkling NV
-Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Speck Family Reserve 2017 [my FAVE red]
-Henry of Pelham Cuve Catherine NV Sparkling TM
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-LGA Big Head Wines 2017 RAW Syrah
-LGA Big Head Wines 2018 Gewurztraminer
-LGA Creekside Estate 2017 Iconoclast Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
-LGA Flat Rock Cellars 2015 Gravity Pinot Noir
-LGA Peller Estates 2016 Andrew Peller Signature Series Riesling
-LGA Tawse 2013 Lenko Vineyard Chardonnay
-LGA Trius 2016 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc Clark Farm Vineyard
-Tawse Spark Sparkling
-2027 Cellars Chardonnay 2017 Stonebridge
-2017 Cellars Riesling Wismer-Foxcroft Vineyards 2018
-Byland Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
-Byland Estate Winery Gamay Rose 2018
-Flat Rock Cellars Estate Chardonnay 2017
-Flat Rock Cellars Riesling 2017
-Speck Family Three of Hearts Rose 2018
-Magnotta Pinot Grigio 2017
-G. Marquis Pinot Noir 2016
-Jackson Triggs White Meritage 2017 Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc
The Food: from the Cheese Boutique we had charcuterie, cheeses, dried fruit, crackers and breads.
The Downside: nothing, really.
The Upside: There was time and space to chat and try some LCBO water.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89