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Sunday, April 11, 2010

March 24/10 Event: "Ontario Chardonnay: seriously cool", trade show.

The Time and Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2010   4:30 PM to 6 PM
The Event: "Ontario Chardonnay: seriously cool", trade show.
The Venue: Toronto Lawn Tennis Club
The Target Audience: wine trade, wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, although library
wines can be in short supply.
The Quote/Background: Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook Winery has
organized a tasting of Ontario chardonnay wines at Canada House in
London, UK, May 17. He had a tasting panel to choose wines through a
blind process. Once that selection had been made, he offered these
wines to the Ontario Wine Society for a special tasting (not blind).
They were arranged by longitude, from east to west.
The Wines: These rankings reflect my own personal tastes. I did not taste any Musque, sparkling wine, nor Icewine. 34 currently
available wines are going to London, plus some library wines.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Malivoire Moira Chardonnay 2005 Beamsville, $36.95
-Tawse Winery Quarry Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville, $35
-Closson Chase S. Kocsis Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Unfiltered
Beamsville, $44.95
-Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay Organic 2008 Niagara, $21.95
-Coyote's Run Estate Winery Black Paw Vineyard Chardonnay 2008, $22
-Malivoire Moira Chardonnay 2004 Beamsville, $64.95 library wine
-Cave Spring Cellars Chardonnay CSV Estate Bottled 2003 Beamsville, N/A
-Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 1998 Niagara, $154 magnum library wine
-Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville, $35
-Lailey Vineyard Winery Old Vines Chardonnay 2008, Niagara, $40
-Chateau des Charmes Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2007, Niagara, $13.95
-Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Chardonnay 2007 Niagara
-Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay Reserve 2008 Niagara.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Norman Hardie Chardonnay Unfiltered 2008 Beamsville, $35
-Hidden Bench Tete de Cuvee Chardonnay 2006 Beamsville, $45
-Malivoire Chardonnay Mottiar Vineyard 2007 Beamsville, $39.95.
-Southbrook Poetica Chardonnay 2005 Niagara, $56
-Rosehall Run Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard 2007 PEC, $29.95
-Tawse Winery Quarry Road Chardonnay 2007 Beamsville, $35
-Lailey Vineyard Winery Brickyard Chardonnay 2008, Niagara, $30
-Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2008 Beamsville, $35
-Hillebrand Winery Showcase Chardonnay Wild Ferment 2008 Niagara, $35
-Huff South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay 2007 PEC, $29.95
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Chardonnay 2008 Niagara, $24
-Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Chardonnay Reserve 2008 Niagara, $38
-Le Clos Jordanne LCJ Vineyard Chardonnay 2007 Niagara
-Cave Spring Cellars CS Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Niagara
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay Reserve 2007 Niagara, $24.95
-Henry of Pelham Family Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2007 Niagara
Escarpment, $19.95
-Henry of Pelham Family Estate Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2007
-Peller Estates Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie 2008 Niagara, $30
-Peller Estates Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie 2007 Niagara, $30
-Flat Rock Cellars The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2008 Niagara, $24.95
-Rosehall Run Vineyards Chardonnay Cuvee County 2008 PEC, $21.95
-Southbrook Triomphe Certified Organic Chardonnay 2008 Niagara
The Food: quality bread, water.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.

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