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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Oct 28/09 Event: APVSA tasting

 The Time and Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009  10AM to 5PM
The Event: APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des vins et
spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: Delta Chelsea Inn
The Target Audience: wine agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in
Ontario. The group is here to try to get some agents to agree to rep
the principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.
Most of the wines were French, and there were sales staff available to
comment on the prices and production.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be
acknowledged, is that they were no better than the wines that we
already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be any price
advantages, either. These 60 or so wines could be made available
through Vintages or Consignment. Here were my faves, regardless of
price (Bordeaux dominated):
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2000 Lalande de Pomerol
-Charles Sparr Gewurztraminer 2008 Alsace
-Les Vignerons de Coteaux de l'Alaric Cuvee Isabelle 2008 Pays D'Oc
-Chateau Puy Bardens 2004 Premiere Cotes de Bordeaux
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2002 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau de L'Eveche 2002 Lalande de Pomerol
-Charles Sparr Pinot d'Alsace 2008 Alsace
-Charles Sparr Pinot Gris Mambourg Alsace
-Charles Sparr Riesling Vendanges Tardives 2005 Alsace
-Jean Gleize Muscat Sec 2008 Pays D'Oc
-Domaine Chateau Allexant Les Cailloux Rully 2007
-Domaine de Grand-Pere Jules Cuvee Victor 2008 Cotes du Rhone [organic]
-Chateau Sansonnet 2004 St. Emilion Grand Cru
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2003 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau Moulin de Sales 2005 Lalande de Pomerol
-Chateau de L'Eveche 2005 Lalande de Pomerol
-Jean Gleize Sauvignon 2008 Pays D'Oc
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre 2008
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Rose 2008
-Domaine Chateau Allexant Aux Fourneaux Savigny Les Beaunes 2007
-Domaine Chateau Allexant Cotes de Nuit-Villages 2007
-Chateau de Comigne La Reserve Corbieres 2006
-Chateau de Comigne La Reserve Minervois 2007
-Jean de Meyrac Bouquet de Garrigues 2008 V de P Cathare
The Food: none.
The Downside: usually there is not enough space to sprawl out and write
notes. No paper was furnished, so I used some 3 by 5 cards.
The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.
There is a listing of wines with prices, but it is complicated.
The Contact Person: for prices, etc., check with Pascal
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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