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Sunday, April 10, 2011

March 2011 APVSA Tasting, Chelsea Inn

The Time and Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011  10AM to 5 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 some agents to agree to rep
the principal. Some of the wines are 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 such
places as 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. Sometimes spirits are
also available, and VDN.
The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be
acknowledged, is that (by and large) they were almost no better than
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. They were mostly the good
value or unique wines. 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):
-Domaine de Brigue Cote de Provence Rose 2010, 3 E
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Les Sens de la Garenne 2008, 8.40 E
-Chateau La Fourquerie 2001 Cote de Castillon, 2.30 E
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Haut Bernasse Les Coteaux de Bernasse 2006 Bergerac, 2.5 E
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Blanc 2010, 6.20 E
-Vignoble Rollet St. Emilion Grand Cru 2007, 8.15 E
-Domaine Perrin Volnay Les Mitans 2008, 10.45 E
-Domaine Perrin Volnay 1er cru Mitan 2008, 16.03 E
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Jean Roux Gigondas 2009, 7.50 E
-Domaine de Trois Coteaux Muscadet, 2.5 E
-Domaine de la Garenne Sancerre Rose 2010, 6 E
-Vignoble Rollet St. Emilion Petit Fourney 2008, 5.50 E
-Domaine Perrin Pommard 2008, 13.24 E
The Downside: selection is eclectic and some bottles arrive
haphazardly. Some bottles never arrived at all, but we were not told
this until we got there. Some bottles are in the show, but are not
listed in the catalogue. It can be frustrating.
The Upside: a chance to taste some engaging wines not available here.
There is a listing of wines with FOB prices in Euros.
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 84.

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