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Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec 7/10 Tasting APVSA wines new to Ontario

The Time and Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010  11AM to  6 PM

The Event: the monthly 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 agents to agree to rep

the principal. Some of the wines are already available in Quebec and Alberta.

Most of the wines were French, and there is sales staff available to

comment on the prices and production. This road show also visits New

York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary, Vancouver, Miami,

Washington DC, and Montreal. Occasionally, the show will have wines

from Italy, Spain and Australia.

The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be

acknowledged, is that (by and large) they were about the same as the wines that we already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be any price advantages, either. But these 40 or so wines could be made available through Vintages or Consignment. In the past, quite a few have been picked up for sale in Ontario. Here were my faves, regardless of price (all prices are ex-cellar Euros). I did not try every wine:


The Wines:


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

-Veuve Doussot Brut Tradition Champagne, 11 E

-Veuve Doussot Grande Cuvee Champagne

-Veuve Doussot Rose Champagne

-Domaine Garnier Chablis Grains Dores 2006

-SCEA Causse-Arboras Les 3 Jean Rouge 2007 Languedoc, 9.50 E

-Domaine Saint Hilaire Yves Lapierre Cuvee Prestige Les Hautes Terres Rouge 2005 Provence, 5.60 E


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Veuve Doussot Joly de Trebuis  Champagne, 9 E (100% pinot noir)

-Chateau Salettes Rouge 2007 Bandol, 8.70 E

-Domaine Cressance Fou du Roi 2007 Languedoc

-Domaine Nicolas Croze Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009

-Domaine Garnier Chablis 2009

-Domaine Charly Nicolle Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2007

-SCEV Vins GIGOU Jasnieres Cuvee du Paradis 2008 Loire, 5.15 E

-SCEV Vins GIGOU La Bulle Sarthoise Rouge Petillant 2006 Loire, 5.15 E

-SCEA Causse-Arboras Les Cazes Rouge 2008 Languedoc, 9.50 E

-Domaine Saint Hilaire Yves Lapierre Cuvee Prestige Les Hautes Terres Rouge 2007 Provence, 6.50 E 

-JJoseph Vermentino Sur Lie 2009 Pays D'Oc

-JJoseph Villa Blanche VDP Languedoc Syrah 2009, 2.75 E

-JJoseph Domaine Bergon Prestige Petit Verdot 2008, 2.85 E

-JJoseph + Calmel Le Vieux Carignan 2009, 3.40 E

-JJoseph Chateau Haut Vignals Corbieres 2008, 3.15 E


*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Domaine Cressance Rencontres 2009 Languedoc

-Domaine Garnier Pinot Noir 2009 Bourgogne

-Domaine Vrignaud Chablis 2009

-EARL Pierre Riffault Sancerre Blanc 2009, 5.80 E

-SCEV Vins GIGOU Coteaux du Loir 2008 Pineau d'Aunis, 4.50 E

-Domaine Saint Hilaire Yves Lapierre Cuvee Cote Sud Rouge 2007 Provence, 3.05 E 

-JJoseph Villa Blanche VDP Languedoc Chardonnay 2009, 2.75 E

-JJoseph + Calmel Faugeres 2008 Rouge, 3.40 E

-JJoseph Domaine Bergon Prestige Alicante VDP d'Oc Rouge 2009, 2.30 E


The Contact Person: Pascal

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 84.



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