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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Event: Uncork New York: the Fine Wines of New York, Feb 18, 2009
The Time and Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Event: Uncork New York: the Fine Wines of New York
The Venue: Chef's House, George Brown CAAT
The Target Audience: wine press and wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: at best, scattered. There are some agents (e.g., Hanna for Raphael, Edward's for Bedell) but Robert Ketchin is your best bet for details on availability. The emphasis, of course, was on expensive wines, over $25 to showcase the productions.
The Quote/Background: It has been years since the last New York trade show was in town, also at George Brown. Much marketing has been concentrated at the Fall and Spring consumer wine shows, as well as HOSTEX. We were delighted that there was a seminar for us to catch up with New York wine development. Robert Ketchin led a PowerPoint presentation and we had notes and a CD of screen captures. We tackled the three principal areas: Finger Lakes, Long Island and Hudson River (33 wineries on the Hudson), with many facts and figures and wines to taste. In terms of competition, most of the Finger Lakes seem to reflect most of what we in Ontario taste in PEC and Niagara (Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, sparkling). That's always a tough sell, especially with the Canadian dollar once again tanking. The wines of the Hudson and Long Island (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Meritage) are sufficiently different in taste and structure from Niagara wines that they can be assessed as an emerging wine region and ought to be marketed that way.
The Wines: I tasted 54 wines; here were my faves --
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-PeconicBay Riesling 2006 Long Island, $23.20
-Millbrook Vineyards Chardonnay 2007 Hudson River, $36
-Wolffer Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Long Island, $37.40
-Millbrook Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2005 Hudson River, $47.20
-Macari Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004 Long Island, $47
-Bedell Cellars Musee 2005 Long Island, $83.95 [Meritage]
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):