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Monday, April 5, 2010

March 5/10 Tasting: APVSA French Wines not in Ontario Market

The Time and Date: Friday, March 5, 2010   10 AM to 6 PM

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 are often sales staff

available to comment on the prices and production. This road show also

visits New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary and Montreal

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. In the past, many have been picked up

for sale in Ontario. Here were my faves, regardless of price (all

prices are ex-cellar Euros):


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

-Chateau Magence Graves 2000, 7.5 E

-Chateau Barateau Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2006, 6 E

-Maison Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2007, 8.80 E


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Chateau Ferrand St. Emilion Grand Cru 2007, 9 E

-Chateau Cabredon Bordeaux 2008, 3.50 E

-SARL Danielle de l'Ansee Dom. Gibault Platine 2009 Touraine, 3.04 E

-SARL Danielle de l'Ansee Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Touraine, 2.88 E


*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Maison Paul Reitz Bourgogne Chardonnay 2004, 4.40 E

-Chateau Brannens Graves 2005, 5.5 E

-Chateau Font-Vidal 2005 Bordeaux, 3.18 E

-Chateau Font-Vidal 2007 Bordeaux, 2.35 E

-Maison Humbrecht Riesling Prestige 2008, 7.30 E -- organic

-Chateau Cabredon Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux 2007, 3.90 E

-Chateau Cabredon Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Tradition 2004, 6 E

-Chateau Cabredon Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux Tradition 2003, 6.30 E


The Food: none.

The Downside: selection is eclectic and bottles arrive haphazardly.

Some bottles never arrived at all, but we were not told this until we

got there.

The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.

There is a listing of wines with FOB prices in Euros.

The Contact Person: Pascal

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.



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