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Monday, May 3, 2010

April 12,2010: Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting

The Time and Date: Monday, April 12, 2010 3PM to 7PM
The Event: 8th Annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio tasting
The Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Lobby
The Target Audience: wine trade and private consumers
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the General
List or Vintages. There were some wines that were available at the
Ontario winery (Peninsula Ridge) and one other from consignment.
The Quote/Background: This was the first annual portfolio tasting from
Churchill that was post-Constellation.
The Wines: 46 wines were presented, but I did not taste them all.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pol Roger Brut Champagne Reserve NV, $58.35
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva Navarra 2004, $15.75 Vintages Essential
-Peninsula Ridge Chardonnay Reserve Niagara 2007, $24.75 Vintages
-Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyards INOX Reserve Chardonnay Beamsville
Bench 2007, $18.75 Vintages May 15
-D'Arenberg The Last Ditch Viognier 2008, $19.75 Vintages
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Merlot Niagara, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Shiraz Niagara, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Dubois Vineyards Reserve Inox Chardonnay Niagara 2006,
$16.95 Winery only
-Cru du Paradis Tradition Madiran 2006, $15.75 Vintages
-Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, $16.25
-Viu Manent Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $15.75 Vintages
-Chateau Lagrange Grand Cru Classe St-Julien 2001, $99 Consignment
-D'Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz 2008, $14.74 Vintages
-D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2007, $17.75 Vintages
-D'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2006, $22.75 Vintages
-Willm Riesling Reserve Alsace 2008, $16.75 Vintages Essential
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, $14.25
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Niagara, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge INOX Chardonnay Niagara, $12.75
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Niagara, $12.75
-Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.75
-Pisse-Dru Unoaked Chardonnay Beaujolais, $12.25
-D'Arenberg The Stump Jump Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2008, $13.75 June
-D'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2006, $19.75 Vintages
-Colinas de Sao Lourenco Tinto Bairrada 2006 Portugal, $13.75 Vintages
-Willm Gewurztraminer Kosher Alsace 2008, $26.75 Vintages
-Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Mosel QbA 2008, $13.75 Vintages
The Food: cheese, breads, salami.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 86.

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