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The Time and Date: Monday, May 3, 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 Grand Ferrand 2008 Bordeaux 2008, 2.60 E
-Chateau de Peyguerol Costieres de Nimes 2007, $2.36 E
-Domaine du Petit Romain Grande Reserve Costieres de Nimes 2007 Vieilles Vignes, 2.90 E
-Dom. Gardien Blanc Perle de Chassignolles MC NV Loire Brut, 4.85 E [PN + oak]
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Cap d'Or 2007 St Georges St Emilion, 5.45 E
-Chateau Croix de Thomas 2008 St Georges St Emilion, 5.45 E
-Chateau Touran 2007 St Emilion, ? E
-Chateau Bois Benoist Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie 2007, 3.30 E
-Dom. La Chardoisie Villebois Brut MC NV Loire, 4.65 E
-Dom. La Chardoisie Villebois Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Loire, 3.40 E
-Dom. La Chardoisie Villebois Chinon Cabernet Franc 2008, 3.90 E
-Dom. Gardien St. Pourcain Rouge 2009, 3.10 E
-Dom. Gardien DQS St. Pourcain Rouge Reserve des Grands Jours 2006, 4.24 E
-Dom. Gardien Rosee de Chassignolles MC NV Loire Brut, 4.85 E
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Jacques Blanc 2007 St Emilion Grand Cru, ? E
-Domaine du Petit Romain Costierees de Nimes Rose 2009, 2.35E
-Vig. Du Soleil Crozes Hermitage 2005 Rouge, 5.75 E
-Chateau Bois Gautier Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie 2009, 2.95 E
-Dom. La Chardoisie Petit Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Loire, 2.90 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 email@example.com
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 84.
What a wonderful post, beautifully written. It captures these wines so well.
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