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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Hobbs & Co, Glen-Ward, Merchant Vintner Portfolio tastings...March 2011

 The Time and Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011  2:30 PM to 5 PM
The Event: Portfolio tasting of wines from Hobbs & Co and The Merchant
The Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Lobby
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue had detailed notes about the
wines (which were presented by at least six principals from Australia,
Spain, British Columbia, France). Licensee and retail prices were
The Quote/Background: There was a blind tasting competition upstairs,
but I ran out of time downstairs.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Most wines were from Hobbs.
Prices are licensee.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quails' Gate Merlot  2007 VQA Okanagan Valley, $23.99
-Clairault Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Margaret River, $23.99
-Vilafonte Series M 2006 Stellenbosch, $35.36 Vintages
-Vignoble Guillaume Chardonnay 2009 Franche-Comte, $15.95 Merchant
Vintner (made from rootstock, 18 different clones)
-Chateau Grand Moulin Vieilles Vignes 2005 Corbieres, $18.99
-Domaine Sainte Rose Coquille d'Oc White 2009 Languedoc, $13.99
-Az. Agri. F.LLI Grati Prunatelli Chianti 2007, $19.95 Merchant Vintner
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Edward Sellers Vineyards Vertigo 2006 Paso Robles, $27.54 Glen-Ward
-Quails' Gate Chardonnay 2008 VQA Okanagan Valley, $17.99
-Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 VQA Okanagan,
-Featherstone Estate Black Sheep Riesling 2010 VQA Twenty Mile Bench,
-Dr. Frank Blanc de Blancs 2006 Finger Lakes, $39.99
-Valle Andino Carmenere Reserva Especiale 2009, $16.50
-Chalkers Crossing Hilltops Riesling 2010 New South Wales, $18.99
-Landskroon Wines Cinsault Shiraz 2008 Paarl South Africa, $14.25
-The Grinder Pinotage 2010 Swartland, $16.99
-Les Jamelles Viognier 2009 Languedoc, $13.99 Merchant Vintner
-Domaine Francois Lichtle Gewurztraminer 2008 Alsace, $19.50 Merchant
-Chateau de Montmirail Gigondas Beauchamp 2008, $28.45 Merchant Vintner
-Domaine Sainte Rose Le Marin Blanc 2010 Languedoc, $22.99
-Domaine Sainte Rose Les Derniers Cepages 2009 Languedoc, $22.99
-Angelo Grillo 2009 Sicily, $12.95
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sylvester Zinfandel 2007 Paso Robles, $15.99 Glen-Ward
-Featherstone Estate Rose 2010 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, $14.15
-Featherstone Estate Cabernet Franc 2009 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, $15.20
-Dr. Frank Dry Riesling 2010 Finger Lakes, $21.99
-Dr. Frank Fleur de Pinot Noir NV Finger Lakes, $28.99
-Valle Andino Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010 Maule Valley, $13.25
-Torlesse Waipara Riesling 2008, $16.90 Vintages
-Tinpot Hut Pinot Noir 2008 Marlborough, $20.99
-Tall Poppy Hillside Unwooded Chardonnay 2009 Victoria, $13.99
-Tall Poppy Select Shiraz 2008 Victoria, $11.99
-Clairault Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Margaret River, $23.99
-Chalkers Crossing Tumbarumba Pinot Noir 2009 New South Wales, $23.99
-Chalkers Crossing CC2 Hilltops Shiraz 2010 New South Wales, $20.99
-Caves do Rei Valmonte 2005 Dao, $15.99
-La Crusset 6 Sombreros Tempranillo 2004 Rioja, $29.99
-Chateau Gaudrelle Brut Rose 2009 Loire, $20.99
-Les Jamelles Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Languedoc, $12.95 Merchant Vintner
-Les Jamelles Merlot 2009 Languedoc, $12.95 Merchant Vintner
-Les Jamelles Syrah 2009 Languedoc, $12.95 Merchant Vintner
-Gilbert Picq Chablis 2008, $24.25 Merchant Vintner
-Domaine Gueugnon-Remond Grand Reserve 2008 Macon-Charnay, $15.09
-Domaine Sainte Rose Coquille d'Oc Red 2009 Languedoc, $13.99
-Angelo Nero d'Avola 2009 Sicily, $12.95
-Alpha Zeta "R" Ripasso 2008 Veneto, $18.90
-Villa Buonasera Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $32.99
The Food: Black River Cheese (2 cheddars from PEC), brie-type,
biscuits, breads, terrine campagne, pate, blue cheese, fruits.
The Downside: Laura from Airen was pouring, but she did not have any of
her own wines available here.
The Upside: there were some wines from Glen-Ward Wine Agent
The Contact Person:,,
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 90.

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