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Monday, May 9, 2011

April 12/11: PMA Chairman's Gala at Toronto hunt

The Time and Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011   5 Pm to 9 PM
The Event: 2011 PMA Canada Chairman's Gala
The Venue: Toronto Hunt
The Target Audience: PMA clients, wine media.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available now or in the
coming months, through vintages, consignment, and the like.
The Quote/Background: This is a lavish Toronto biennial wine show,
highlighting selected lots of specialty wines available for purchase by
PMA clients. Eleven principals from around the world came to this show.
The Wines: I could not taste all the wines. I concentrated on red and
white table wines.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nugan Estate Bottle Fermented Brut Cuvee NSW Australia
-Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Durif 2009 SEA
-Chateau des Perelins Pomerol 2007, $37
-Montrouge Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Les Terasses du Sud 2007, $49.95 private
-Montecillo Gran Reserva Seleccion Especial 1981, $75 private order
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Breuer Nonnenberg Auslese Goldkapsel 2007 Rudesheim, $80 private order
-Sokol Blosser Pinto Noir 2008 Dundee Hills Oregon, $64.95 consign
-Collazzi Toscana IGT 2007, $46.50 private order
-Chateau Moulinat Haut-Medoc 2007, $24.50 Vintages
-Norton Perdriel Single Vineyard 2005 Mendoza (blend 60% Malbec),
$69.95 private order
-Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, $59.95
consignment in July
-Tianna Negre Ses Nines Tinto Seleccio 2009 Spain, $44.95 private
-Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004, $65 consignment
-Candido Cappello di Prete 2006 Puglia, $19.95 private order
-Moncaro Le Vele Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2010 Marches,
$13.95 private order
-Kunde Estate Century Vines Reserve Zinfandel 2007 Sonoma, $44.95
-Kunde Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma, $34.95 consignment
-Quinta do Vallado Field Blend Douro Reserva 2008, $55.95 private
-Plaisir de Merle Gran Plaisir 2007 Paarl South Africa, $34.95 private
-Moncaro Nerone Rosso Conero Riserva 2005 Marches, $59.95 private order
-Alianca Quinta Dos Quatros Ventos Reserva Portugal, $59.95 private
-Sotto Sole Negro Amaro 2006 Puglia, $29.95 private order
-Villa Maria Taylor's Pass Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, $34.95
-Collazzi Liberta IGT 2009 Tuyscany, $19.95 consignment
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Georg Breuer Terra Montosa 2008 Rudesheim
-Collazzi I Bastioni Chianti Classico 2008, $21.95 consignment
-Korta Gran Reserva Petit Verdot 2009 Lontue Chile, $20.95 consign
-Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay Paarl South Africa, $24.95
-Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino 2005, $49
-Lamberti Amarone della Valpolicella 2007, $48.95 private order
-Tianna Negre Ses Nines Tinto 2010 Spain, $24.95
-Supremo Sangiovese/Merlot 2008 IGT Puglia, $29.95
-Machiavelli Vigna di Fontalle Chianti Classico Riserva 2006, $38.95
private order
-Nugan Estate McLaren Vale Parish Vineyard Shiraz 2008, $24.95 Vintages
The Food: we were treated to smoked salmon, lamb loin, beef haunch,
pulled pork, bison burgers, diverse cheeses, fruits, breads, fresh
oysters, and many platters being carried around by wait staff. There
was a chocolate fountain in the dessert/coffee room, and some notable
bar food in the beer/spirits room.
The Downside: not enough time to taste all the wines.
The Upside: the two seminars earlier in the day, plus some fine wines
(se the Four Star selections above)
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 91.

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