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Saturday, July 31, 2010

June 17, 2010: Sip & Savour Ontario Wines

The Time and Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010  11AM to 6PM
The Event: Sip & Savour Ontario, celebrating Ontario wine week June 13
to 19.
The Venue: Pantages Hotel
The Target Audience: Ontario wine industry, wine trade.
The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines listed in the catalogue were
identified as to medal category winner (if applicable), availability
through the LCBO or the winery, and a designation whether the wines
were being tasted at the trade show and/or the consumer show that
The Quote/Background: From Tony Aspler, the organizer of the Ontario
Wine Awards: "Gold medal wines were served with each course of the
luncheon. The White Wine of the Year – garnering the highest aggregate
scores from the judges – was Huff Estates South Bay Chardonnay 2007 and
the Red Wine of the Year was Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc Reserve
2007. Following the presentations there were three seminars for the
trade – Bill Redelmeier of Southbrook spoke on Chardonnay, Norman
Hardie addressed Pinot Noir and Natalie Reynolds discussed Riesling.
Then the Trade tasting, followed by the Consumer tasting in the
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Huff Estates 2007 South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay, $29.95 – Gold, White
Wine of the Year
-Calamus Estate Gewurztraminer 2008, $17.20
-Five Rows Craft Wine of Lowrey Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $50
-Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut, +616458, $29.95
-Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2008, $19.95 –
-Konzelmann Merlot 4 Generations Barrel Aged 2007, $30
-Lailey Vineyard Old Vines Chardonnay 2008, $40
-Wayne Gretzky Estate Series Cabernet/Merlot 2007, +128562, $21.95 -
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Southbrook Vineyards 2008 Triomphe Chardonnay, +172338, $21.95
-Flat Rock Cellars 2007 Reserve Chardonnay, $35 – Cuvee White Wine of
the Year
-Peller Estates 2008 Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie, $30
-Alvento Vio Vignier 2008, $23.95
-Coyote's Run Estate Black Paw Vineyard Chardonnay 2008, +49775, $21.95
-Creekside Estate Broken Press Shiraz 2007, $39.95 – Gold
-Fielding Estate Syrah 2007, $44.95
-Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2007, +616466, $35
-Henry of Pelham Cuvee Catharine Brut, +616441, $29.95
-Huff Estates Cuvee Peter F. Huff 2006, $39.95
-Jackson-Triggs Delaine Vineyard Merlot 2007, $24.99 - Gold
-Lailey Vineyard Brickyard Chardonnay 2008, $30
-Peller Estates Andrew Peller Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007,
-Rosewood Estates Gewurztraminer 2008, $18
-Tawse Chardonnay Musque 2009, $21.95 – Gold
-Vineland Estates Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2007, +563411, $49
-Thirty Bench 2008 Small Lot Riesling Steel Post Vineyard
-13th Street 2008 Gamay Noir
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Coyote's Run Estate Meritage 2007, +72762, $24.95
-Peller Estates Andrew Peller Signature Series Merlot 2007, $38
-Riverview Cellars Angelina's Reserve Chardonnay 2008, $19.95
-Riverview Cellars Gewurztraminer 2008, $16.95
The Food: the luncheon was new this year. Other years there was a Gala
Awards Dinner, first at the Royal York and then at Queen's Landing
NOTL, usually in April. So it was a packed day. At the trade show,
there were breads from the Stonemill Bakehouse and cheeses via the
Dairy Farmers of Ontario (Figaro and Celtic Blue from Glengarry, Quinte
Crest from Fifth Town, 7 year cheddar from Pine River Cheese, and Maple
Cheddar from Black River Cheese).
The Downside: the sparkling wine reception was cramped, and only one
wine was served, the Gold medal winner Hillebrand NV Trius Brut. At the
show itself, we needed more spit buckets.
The Upside: during the luncheon, a chance to hobnob with Ontario
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.

1 comment:

Hampers said...

What a wonderful post, beautifully written. It captures these wines so well.