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Saturday, November 15, 2008

TRADE TASTING: Tommasi, October 3, 2008

 The Time and Date: Friday, October 3, 2008  2:30 PM to 5 PM

The Event: A table top tasting of Tommasi Viticoltori – Veneto wines with Pierangelo Tommasi. There was also a tasting of Maremma Toscana Poggio al Tufo wines, owned by Tommasi. The agency is Lorac who showed a dozen wines.

The Venue: National Club, Bay Street

The Target Audience: wine writers and LCBO product consultants.

The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines but one were available.

The Quote: "All the wines come from their own vineyards. They are the largest landholder within the region, with 135 Ha (95 Ha under vine)". Veneto wines are a hot category at the LCBO these days.

The Wines:


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

-Lugana Le Fornaci 2007, $17.95, +13284

-Merlot Le Prunee 2005 IGT, $17.95, +24505

-Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2006, $19.95, +910430

-Amarone Classico 2000 (not available)

-Ca Florian Amarone Classico 2000, $75 (great price) – 25 cases only.

-Amarone Classico 2004, $52.50, +356220 (will be available in many sizes: 375 mL, 750 mL, and 1.5 Litres)


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

-Poggio al Tufo Alicante IGT Maremma Toscana 2006, $19.95, +13755

-Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo IGT Maremma Toscana 2005, $18.95, +70797(sangiovese60/cabernetsauvignon40), $18.95


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Poggio al Tufo Vermentino IGT Maremma Toscana 2006, $17.95

-Tommasi Pinot Grigio Le Rosse 2007, $17.95, +910497

-Tommasi Soave Classico Le Volpare 2007, $17.95, +70870

-Tommasi Chiaretto ai Bardolino Rose 2007, $12.95, +685057

-Tommasi Valpollicella 2007, $13.95, +669150


The Food: delicious aged cheese, three kinds of pates, breads.

The Downside: most of the wine writers had just slogged through a whole pile of wines at Vintages, and our palates needed refreshing.

The Upside: good company with Lorac, as always.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 92.




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