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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sept 16, 2010: Tasting Stella Bella with Stuart Pym

 The Time and Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010  11:30AM – 1 PM

The Event: A Tasting with Stuart Pym, winemaker at Stella Bella wines of Margaret River, Western Australia. He is represented in Ontario by H.H.D. Imports Inc.

The Venue: LCBO Scrivener Square

The Target Audience: wine media

The Availability/Catalogue: wines are mostly at vintages, or one General Listing or by private order.

The Quote/Background: Stella Bella makes about 50,000 cases a year. Pym called it a medium large winery in the Margaret River area.

The Wines:


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

-Stella Bella Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009, $19.95  (2008 is +48546 at Vintages, $17.40)

-Stella Bella Viognier 2008, $21.95 Private order

-Stella Bella Suckfizzle Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $34.95


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

-Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008, $14.95, +157867 LCBO

-Stella Bella Chardonnay 2009 (2008 is at Vintages, +102061, $26.95)

-Stella Bella Tempranillo 2008, $24.95 Private order


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

-Stella Bella Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $24.95 Private order

-Stella Bella Shiraz 2008 (2007 at Vintages +48553, $24.95)


The Food: cheeses and Ace breads

The Downside: I was late, coming from a dental appointment.

The Upside: a chance to talk with Stuart Pym.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 87.



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