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Friday, May 6, 2011

April 11/11: Churchill Cellars Portfolio tasting at St. Lawrence Centre

The Time and Date: Monday, April 11, 2011,  3 PM to 7PM
The Event: Portfolio Tasting for Churchill Cellars
The Venue: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
The Target Audience: wine media, some trade, private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available at the LCBO as
General Purchase or as Vintages.
The Quote/Background:
The Wines: 50 wines were available, but I could not taste them all.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, $14.35
-Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2008, $24.75
-Vina El Principal Memorias 2007 Chile, $35 private order
-Pol Roger Brut Champagne, $59.75
-Chivite Gran Feudo Vinas Viejas Reserva Navarra 2005, $19.75
-Willm Pinot Gris Alsace Kosher 2008, $22.75
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Niagara VQA, $13.75
-Peninsula Ridge Reserve Chardonnay 2008 VQA, $24.75 Vintages
-Peninsula Ridge Meritage 2009 VQA, $21.95
-Peninsula Ridge Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2009 VQA, $14.75
-Chateau de Gourgazaud Cuvee Mathilde Minervois 2008, $14.75
-Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc South Africa, $10.75
-Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, $16.75
-Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.75
-Grove Street Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $14.80
-Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Carmenere 2008 Chile, $17.75
-Casa Silva Colchagua Valley Quinta Generacion Red 2007 Chile, $24.75
-d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2008, $19.75
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva Navarra 2005, $15.75
-Navajas Tinto Reserva Rioja 2005, $16.75
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peninsula Ridge INOX Chardonnay VQA, $13.75
-Peninsula Ridge Merlot VQA, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Shiraz VQA, $14.75
-Peninsula Ridge Cabernet VQA, $12.75
-Peninsula Ridge Fume Blanc 2008 VQA, $24.75
-Chateau de Gourgazaud Minervois 2008, $12.75
-Domaine de Gourgazaud Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $11.75
-Chateau de Gourgazaud Minervois Reserve 2006, $17.75
-Robertson Winery Shiraz South Africa, $11.75
-d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Lightly Wooded Chardonnay 2008, $13.75
-d'Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2008, $13.75
-d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $19.75
-Willm Riesling Reserve Alsace 2008, $16.75
-August Kesseler R Riesling 2008 QbA Germany, $15.75
The Food: upstairs, there was a platter of Monforte sheep and goat
cheeses from Stratford. Downstairs, there was Parmigiano Reggiano plus
assorted other cheeses. Breads, nuts and dried fruits were also on the
The Downside: I was hoping that there would be wines from other
programs, such as private order or consignment. There was one private
border wine.
The Upside: a good wine-wise crowd.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 85.

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