The Event: 4th annual Stem Wine Group "Family of Wines" Gala Tasting
The Venue: Eglinton Grand event theatre
The Target Audience: wine media, restaurants, private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is here or will be via
consignment and private orders. The catalogue was a model of
efficiency, with a quick section on how to use the guide. All prices
were given, as well as the terms. The wines were listed by region and
producer, in table order. Helpful cards were placed at each table, with
more details about each wine. This really saved me a lot of time, and I
am sure the patrons appreciated it.
The Quote/Background: Partners Robert Tome and Tony Macchione have assembled one of the nicest portfolios of wines, specializing in highly sought after wines from Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria, and the like. There are also a select few wines from other European countries plus the New World.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines, there were over 100 of them. Eight owners or export directors came over from Italy for this event. Prices are retail.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Boroli Barolo Villero Riserva 1999, $119.99
-Zyme Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2003, $225
-Villabella Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Fracastoro 2001, $64.99
-Villabella Passito del Fiordilej 2005, $25.99 (375 mL)
-Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2004, $114.99
-Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano 2003, $219.99
-Az.Agr. Collemattioni Brunello di Montalcino 2004, $64.99