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Sunday, October 11, 2009

TASTING: Taste Ontario! AGO Toronto, Sept 17, 2009


The Time and Date: Thursday, Sept 17 2009  2 PM to 4 PM

The Event: Wines of Ontario presents Taste Ontario!

The Venue: Art Gallery of Ontario, Bailee Court.

The Target Audience: wine writers, wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the winery's distribution network.

The Quote/Background: 42 wineries poured 160 wines, but I could not get to all of them. My faves are listed below. I had already tasted many Ontario wines this year, as well as wines at the Fine Wine Reserve (see above).

The Wines: all prices are licensee.


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay 2006 Twenty Mile Bench, $65.

-Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 Vinemount Ridge, $30.04.

-Flat Rock Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2007 Twenty Mile Bench, $28.54.

-Foreign Affair Chardonnay Partial Amarone Style 2007 Beamsville Bench, $30.98 .

-Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville Bench, $24.26.

-Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay Reserve 2007 Twenty Mile Bench, $20.34.

-Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 2006 Niagara-on-the-Lake, $40.61


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Angels Gate Archangel Pinot Noir Sparkling Wine 2007 Beamsville Bench, $20.72

-Angels Gate Mountainview Chardonnay 2007, $15.28

-Calamus Estate Gewurztraminer 2008 Vinemount Ridge, $12.23

-Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Vinemount Ridge, $30.04

-Dan Aykroyd Signature Reserve Chardonnay 2006, $40.56

-Fielding Estate White Conception 2008, $12.85 (pinot gris, chardonnay musque, gewürztraminer, riesling, chardonnay)

-Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2008 Beamsville Bench, $19.57

-Malivoire Mottiar Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville Bench, $24.26,

-Thirty Bench Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville Bench, $24.46

-Konzelmann Estate Gewurztraminer 2007 Niagara, $14.55

-Stonechurch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2007 Niagara-on-the-Lake, $12.03

-Stratus White 2006 Niagara Lakeshore, $35.88

-Trius Brut NV Niagara-on-the-Lake, $20.17


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Le Clos Jordanne Le Clos Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Twenty Mile Bench, $30.04

-Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2008 Twenty Mile Bench, $20.34

-Tawse Echos White 2006 Niagara, $16.26


The Food: several cheeses, appetizers (duck confit, beets, fish, etc.), crackers.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 87.



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