The Time and Date:
The Event: Sip & Savour
The Venue: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District.
The Target Audience: wine trade in the afternoon, consumers at night.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the winery, but very few from the LCBO. Surprisingly, there was a Vintages table pouring some wines.
The Quote/Background: There were different wines poured at night. The showcase in the afternoon was toward wines being marketed to restaurants.
The Wines: Because of check-in delays and a prompt closing time, I was unable to taste all of the red wines that I wanted to. My apologies to some of the wineries affected, especially since I told them that I would be back AFTER I had finished with the white wines.
**** Four Stars (
-Calamus Estate White 2007 (C-PG-Ge), $17
-Chateau des Charmes Chardonnay Musque Estate Bottled 2007, $16.95
-Creekside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
-Fielding Estate Viognier 2007, $30
-Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2006, $30
-Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2007, $26
-Konzelmann Estate Gewurztraminer 2007, $17
-Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2006, +36806, $40
-Legends Sauvignon Blanc 2007, $15.50
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Merlot Reserve 2007, $55
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Chardonnay Reserve 2007, $38
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (
-Peninsula Ridge Estates Viognier 2007, +662601, $14.95 Vintages
-Alvento Winery Elige 2004 (CS-SF-M), $20
-Alvento Sondra 2006, $30 (M-CF)
-Calamus Estate Pinot Gris 2008
-Cattail Creek Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2007, $19
-Chateau des Charmes Sauvignon Gris Estate Bottled 2007, $19.95
-Coyote's Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris 2007
-Coyote's Run Black Paw Vineyard Chardonnay 2007
-Flat Rock Twisted 2008, +1578, $16.95
-Flat Rock The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2006, +1552, $24.95
-Hidden Bench Terroir Cache Red Meritage 2006, $35
-Kacaba Vineyards Riesling Reserve 2008, $17.95
-Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay 2006, +33936, $30
-Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Pinot Noir 2006, +33894, $30
-Mike Weir Chardonnay 2007, +26, $15.95
-Palantine Hills Estate Riesling Traminer 2007, +58602, $13.95
-Palantine Hills Estate Gewurztraminer Proprietor's Reserve 2008, $13.95
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc 2006, $34
-Riverview Cellars Gewurztraminer 2008, $16.95
-Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2006, $21.95
-Stonechurch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $19.95
-Strewn Chardonnay Barrel Aged 2007, $12.95
-Wayne Gretzky Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2007, $18.95
*** Three Stars (
-Malivoire Chardonnay Musque 2008, +129759, $11.95 half-bottle Vintages
-Alvento Vio Viognier 2007, $35
-Creekside Reserve Merlot Butler's Grant 2005
-Creekside Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006, +53371, $18.95
-Fielding Estate Riesling 2008, $16
-Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2007, +1545, $19.95
-Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir 2007, $45
-Konzelmann Estate Merlot Barrel Aged 2007, $30
-Lailey Niagara River Chardonnay 2006
-Legends Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2002, $22
-Pillitteri Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2007, $18
-Riverview Cellars Angelina's Reserve Chardonnay 2007, $31.95
-Rosewood Estates Gewurztraminer 2008, $18
-Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Sauvignon Blanc 2007, $18.95
-Strewn Riesling Semi-Dry 2008, $11.95
-Wayne Gretzky Estate Riesling 2007, $17.95
The Food: four artisanal breads from Stonemill, and three
The Downside: we were late in getting started because the seminar ran over. Eventually, they let us in while the seminar was wrapping up, but we also had delays with the check-in procedure. We were asked to leave on time, but we should have been allowed to stay on, to make up for the lost time. At any rate, I was not able to taste all the wines that I wanted to taste.
The Upside: our once a year tasting of VQA wines, the frequency of which is shameful.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.