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Thursday, January 15, 2009

TRADE TASTING: Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, November 20/08 VIP Night

The Time and Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008 6PM to 9PM
The Event: the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, VIP night
The Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Target Audience: wine press, wine trade, private insiders.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, especially with an
onsite LCBO store which carried most of the offerings.
The Quote/Background: I use the show to catch up with New York wines,
and some select suppliers who do not have a portfolio tasting, and the
theme country (this year, France). I find that I can just barely get
though the evening…there are so many wines, and so little time.
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine de la Paulette Cote de Nuits-Villages Blanc 2007, $33.50
(Nokhrin Wines)
-Domaine de la Paulette Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2005,
$74 (Nokhrin Wines)
-La Maison Pierrel Champagne Tradition Brut Rose, $55 (Nokhrin Wines)
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Franc Reserve 2002, $24.95 Vintages
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc A.J. Lepp Vineyard, $18.95 Vintages
-Domaine Herve Seguin Pouilly Fume 2007, +81414 $25.95 (MCO)
-Domaine Sorin Rose 2007 Provence, +71191, $16.95 (MCO)
-Rene Mure Gewurztraminer 2006 Alsace, +61218, $16.95 (MCO)
-Beckett's Flat Shiraz 2004 Margaret River, +585869, $23.95 (MCO)
-Dornier Wines Donatus Red 2004, +606020, $26.95 (MCO)
-d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier, +936971, $27.75
-Robert Mondavi Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, +255513, $37.75
-Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carmenere Chile, +59477, $17.75
-Franciscan Estates Napa Valley Chardonnay California, +496125 $24.75
-Simi Landslide Cabernet Sauvignon California, +67744, $44.75 Vintages
-Heron Hill Chardonnay 2005 Finger Lakes NY, $17.15 (Robert Ketchin)
-Wolffer Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Long Island $31.05 (Robert
-Osprey Dominion Vineyards Meritage 2005 Long Island $49.95 (Robert
-Wolffer Estate Reserve Merlot 2004 Long Island $36.20 (Robert Ketchin)
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau de Grand Moueys Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 1999, $21
(Nokhrin Wines)
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva Navarra 2003, +479014, $15.75 Vintages 
-Willm Riesling Reserve Alsace, +11452, $16.75 Vintages Essentials
-Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Urziger Goldwingert Riesling Spatlese 2006,
+71142, Vintages $32.75
-Meursault de Chateau Meursault 2005, +520213, $56.75 Vintages
-Banrock Station Sparkling Chardonnay Australia, +534974, $12.60 LCBO
-Casa Silva Reserve Carmenere 2006 Chile, +24679, $14.75 Vintages
-Dr.Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2007 Finger Lakes NY, $21.50 (Hobbs &
-Peconic Bay Riesling 2006, $25.45  (Robert Ketchin)
-Brotherhood Pinot Noir 2006 Hudson River NY $18.95 +79939 Vintages
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Maison Pierrel Les Oressences Brut Chardonnay, $70 (Nokhrin Wines)
-Pagani de Marchi Principe Guerriero 2004 Tuscany, $45 (Nokhrin Wines)
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2007, $14.75 LCBO
-Peninsula Ridge Merlot, $14.75 LCBO
-Chateau Pineraie 2005 Cahors, +78725, $15.95 (MCO)
-Tapestry Wines Merlot 2005 McLaren Vale, +64063, $26.95 (MCO)
-Domaine Doudet Les Guerets Aloxe Corton 2005, +66530, $44.95 (MCO)
-d'Arenberg The Football Shiraz, +984021, $21.75 Vintages
-Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon California, +714816, $14.80 Vintages
-Castello di Borghese Chardonnay 2006 Long Island, $24.15 (Robert
-Lamoreaux Landing Gewurztraminer 2006, $16.85 (MCO)
-Castello di Borghese Cabernet Franc 2004 Long Island, $31.90 (Robert
The Food: mostly cheeses and breads and crackers from Churchill Cellars
which had a private showing of their wines. Most of the food vendors
are too busy selling their products.
The Downside: it got crowded really fast, people know what to do now.
The Upside: a good event to catch up with country wines such as New
York State.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.

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