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Thursday, January 1, 2009

TRADE TASTING: Le Sommelier Portfolio, Nov. 12, 2008

The Time and Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008  2 PM to 4 PM
The Event: Portfolio tasting of Le Sommelier, trade portion. The client
tasting came in the evening.
The Venue: Niagara Street Cafe
The Target Audience: wine trade, wine press
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is here, either by consignment
or by Vintages. 21 wines were offered.
The Quote: "Most of the wines are listed as sustainable."
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Duca di Casalanza "Duchea" Pinot Grigio 2005 Veneto, $24.94
-Nichols Edna Ranch Pinot Noir 2001, $49.88
-DogRidge Cadenzia Grenache 2005 McLaren Vale, $29.93
-Senorio de P. Pecina Tinto Reserva 1999 Rioja, $31.45
-Ardent Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 McLaren Vale, $25.51
-Fanti San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Tuscany, $22.95.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-J.M. Sohler Grand Cru Winzenberg Pinot Gris 2006 Alsace, $28.94
-DogRidge The Pup Chardonnay 2006 McLaren Vale, $20.95
-Nichols Meritage Vinas del Sol 2000 San Luis Obispo, $49.80
-DogRidge The Pup Shiraz 2005 McLaren Vale, $19.90
-DogRidge MVP Shiraz 2004 McLaren Vale, $79.80
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nigl Gruner Veltliner Gartling 2007 Austria, $20.95 retail
-Quinta de Sanjoanne Vinho Verde 2007 Portugal, $14.92
-Ciu Ciu Oris Falerio 2007 Marche Italy, $13.92 organic
-Nichols Edna Ranch Pinot Noir Clone 777 2001, $49.88
-Antiquarian Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 McLaren Vale, $49.80
The Food: appetizers such as artisanal cheeses, terrines, candied
The Downside: we arrived later than we should have.
The Upside: the quality of the wines.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 92.

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