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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Somewhereness 2008 -- Earth Day

The Time and Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2008  12PM to 4 PM

The Event: Somewhereness 2008 (old soils and new wines) – terroir in Ontario.

The Venue: Coupe Space Event Gallery, Leslieville

The Target Audience: wine trade in the afternoon, consumers at night.

The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available, mostly at the winery, sometimes at Vintages. The catalogue had full information on names and addresses, et al, plus a description of the winery and a listing of all the wines.

The Quote: "It's appropriate to be happening on Earth Day"

The Wines:


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Flat Rock Seriously Twisted ($22.95 retail)

-Flat Rock Gravity ($24.42 licensee)

-Malivoire Moira Chardonnay 2005 ($30.01 licensee)

-Malivoire Chardonay Musque ($16.14 licensee) – great price

-Stratus White 2005 ($35.88 licensee)

-Stratus Red 2005 ($35.88 licensee)

-Tawse ECHO's White (Chardonnay) ($17.94 licensee)


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Flat Rock Twisted ($16.95 Vintages)

-Norman Hardie Melon de Bourgogne 2007 ($15.49 licensee)

-Stratus Gewurztraminer 2006 ($26.09 licensee)

-Tawse Robyn's Block Estate Chardonnay 2005 ($39.15 licensee)


The Food: from a variety of sources. Dairy Farmers of Canada contributed cheeses from Quebec (Magie de Madawaska, Tomme de Grosse Ile, and Le Ciel de Charlevoix bleu). There were nibbles from places such as About Thyme Bistro in Vineland, Stone Road Grille, Treadwell Farm, and the Carriage House.

The Downside: the space was small but it was not crowded. I arrived late since I had to squeeze this event in between the two Wine Guy functions.

The Upside: a great opportunity to taste quality Ontario wines.

The Contact Person:

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88.


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