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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

May 14/10: Salut Grand Tasting of International Wines at Hart House

 The Time and Date: Friday, May 14, 2010  7 PM to 10 PM

The Event: Salut Grand Tasting; international and French

The Venue: Hart House, Gallery

The Target Audience: wine consumers and invited media.

The Availability/Catalogue: wines are either available through the normal distribution channels or by private order.

The Quote/Background: Hart House is a great setting, but you had to be there early to get the good wine (no crowds, no lineups, and no darkness).

The Wines: I did not taste every wine.


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

-Chateau David Queynac 2005, $20   Amethyst

-Francis Ford Coppola Shiraz California 2008 +57034  $14.10

-Donato Angiuli Primitivo Rosso Maccone 2007 Puglia $31.50 Argentum


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Strategeme 2007 Cot. De Languedoc, $25  Amethyst

-Summerhouse Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 2008   Amethyst

-Cattier Champagne Brut Carlin NV   $37.95   Fettah Wine Services

-Mitolo Jester McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007  $21.95 +659607 Vintages Essential

-Clos St. Georges Chevalier 2005 $14.95  Violet Hill

-Clos St. Georges Cuvee de Pierre "Les Aspres" 2002  $19.95 Violet Hill

-Adega Coop Almeirim Planicie Tejo 2007 Portugal $13.50 Argentum

-Bod. Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza Navarra 2006 $23.50 Argentum

-Ugglano Tuscan IGT Merlot Canto I 1999  $33.50 Argentum

-Bod. Fam. Barberia Blasson del Valle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Argentina $14.95 Argentum

-Bod. Mi Terruno Uvas Tempranillo 2008 Argentina $13.95 Argentum

-Bod. Mi Terruno Uvas Torrontes 2009 Argentina $13.95 Argentum

-Bod. Terras Altas Malbec 2007 Argentina $16.95 Argentum


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Rigoloccio Tuscany IGT 2006 [cab.,alicante]  Amethyst

-Gibbston Highgate Incognito Pinot Grigio 2009 New Zealand Amethyst

-Agnus Dei Albarino 2008 Spain

-Lupe-Cholet Chablis Chateau de Viviers 2008  $22.95 Fettah

-Lupe-Cholet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007  $19.95  Fettah

-Red Knot Shingleback McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007 +619395 LCBP $17.95

-Laurent Miquel Chardonnay 2008 Pay D'Oc  +157909 LCBO $11.95

-Chateau Laurets 2007 Bordeaux, $18.80 LCBO

-Kaiken Malbec 2008

-Claude Nouveau Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2008  Violet Hill

-Bod. Pierola Crianza Rioja 2006   Violet Hill

-A. Luigi Angela e Nicola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Le Bignete 2001 $61.50 Argentum

-Bod. Ochoa Garnacha & Tempranillo Navarra 2007 $18.95 Argentum

-Bod. Ochoa Graciano & Garnacha Navarra 2006 $20.95 Argentum

-Brezza Barolo Sarmassa 2000 $74.95  Argentum

-Opera Delle Muse Sant'Agata Dei Goti Aglianco Campania 2005 $29.95 Argentum

-Samuele Guerrini Toscana IGT Rosso It Terraccio 2004, $18.95 Argentum


The Food: cheeses from Dairy Farmers (apetina feta, 6-year old cheddar, caramelized onion cheddar cheese), BBQ fried fish, open-faced chicken sandwiches, sliders, farro salad, spring green soup, mushroom crepes.

The Downside: it was crowded, probably because it was a Friday night, and the lights were doused quite early. Nobody could see what they were drinking, and note taking was impossible. The joys of comsumer shows…

The Upside: nobody knew who I was, so I could cruise easily. However, nobody but me seemed to be spitting, and getting to a bucket was a chore.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 86


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