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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Event: 7th annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting, March 30, 2009

The Time and Date: Monday, March 30, 2009   3PM to 7 PM
The Event: 7th annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting.
The Venue: Berkeley Church Heritage Event Venue, Queen St. East
The Target Audience: customers, trade, and wine press.
The Availability/Catalogue: all items are available at the LCBO, either
through Vintages or General Purchase.
The Quote/Background: I got there after the Champagne tasting, about
4:07PM – it was already packed and almost impossible to move. I headed
straight for the Champagne, to make a comparison with the Piper/Charles
combo of a few minutes before. But I did not glean much because of the
crowds and circumstances.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Franciscan Estate Chardonnay 2006 Napa, +496125 Vintages, $24.75
-Robert Mondavi Merlot 2004 Napa, +953562 Vintages, $34.75.
-Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Napa, +708842 Vintages, $50
-Pol Roger Chardonnay Brut 1999, +96685 Vintages, $88.75.
-Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve Brut 1999, +989137 Vintages, $82.75
-Casa Silva Quinta Generacion White 2004 Colchagua, +59444 Vintages,
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Viognier VQA 2007, +662601 Vintages June 20, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Dubois Vineyard Reserve INOX Chardonnay VQA 2007,
+56606 Vintages, $19.75
-Robertson Winery Kings River South Africa Chardonnay 2006, +104810
Vintages, $15.75.
-Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, +255513 Vintages Essentials,
-Estancia Chardonnay 2006 Monterey, +75614 Vintages, $19.75
-Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2007 Adelaide Hills, +683011 Vintages, $26.75
-D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2006 McLaren Vale, +981183 Vintages,
-Gran Feudo Vinas Viejas Reserva 2003 Navarra, +948067 Vintages, $19.75
-Robert Mondavi Private Selection Merlot 2006 California, +524769
General Purchase, $19.80
-Pol Roger Brut Champagne NV, +51953 General Purchase, $54.40
-Ravenswood Barracia Zinfandel 2006 California, +672733 Vintages,
-Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Spatlese Urziger Goldwingert 2006 Mosel,
+71142 Vintages, $32.75.
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2007, +53678 GP, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge A.J.Lepp Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2007, +78543
Vintages, $19.75
-D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2007 McLaren Vale,
+662775 Vintages, $17.75
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserve Navarra 2003, +479014 Vintages Essentials,
-Chateau de Gourgazaud 2006 Minervois, +22384 General Purchase, $12.10
-Woodbridge Chardonnay 2007 California, +99408 General Purchase, $13.85
The Food: Cheese Boutique provided Chevre Noir, a blue, cheddar, some
goat cheeses, Comte. Whitehouse Meats gave us some pork and lamb
sausages. Lobster rolls appeared and disappeared.
The Downside: the few bottles of higher priced wines ($55 and up) had
disappeared already, and were not replaced.
The Upside: lobster rolls were a pleasant surprise, as was the Chevre
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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