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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.
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