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Thursday, May 5, 2011

April 15/11: WWCC tastes Ontario virtual wineries

The Time and Date: Friday, April 15, 2011 10:30 AM to 2PM
The Event: a tasting of Ontario virtual wineries
The Venue: LCBO Scrivener Square
The Target Audience: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
The Availability/Catalogue: apart from tank samples, all wines are
currently available through the virtual winery (Internet sales). More
details are at
The Quote/Background: These winemakers spoke on the panel –
Thomas Bachelder - Bachelder Wines (no wines available yet)
Charles Baker - Charles Baker Wines
Steve Byfield - Nyarai Cellars
Peter Graham - Five Suns
Jeff Hundertmark - 100 Marks
Kevin Panagapka - 20207 Cellars
Nicole Speranzini - Mike Weir Winery
Ilya Senchuk - Leaning Post Winery
Andrew von Teichman - Generations Wine Company (Union)
Not personally in attendance, but his wine was there - Paul Ross
Each winemaker or winery principal introduced themselves and their
project, many based on single varietals. There was a Q and A session
after the panel, and then a tasting with the winemakers. And it was
great to see the winemakers tasting and enjoying each others' wines.
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nyarai Cellars Trois 2009 (pinot grigio/sauvignon blanc/viognier
-Charles Baker Riesling Picone 2008
-Charles Baker Riesling Picone 2009
-Union White 2009 (riesling/sauvignon blanc/gewurztraminer/chardonnay),
$13.95 LCBO
-Union Red 2007 (pinot noir/cabernet sauvignon/merlot), $13.95 LCBO
-20207 Cellars Riesling 2008
-20207 Cellars Riesling 2008 Falls Vineyard
-20207 Cellars Chardonnay 2010 19th Street
-100 Marks Pinot Noir 2010
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nyarai Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2009
-Leaning Post Riesling 2009
-Leaning Post Pinot Noir 2009
-20207 Cellars Pinot Noir 2010
-20207 Cellars Pinot Noir 2008 Featherstone Vineyard
-20207 Cellars Riesling 2009 20 Mile Bench
-20207 Cellars Riesling 2007 Fox Croft Vineyard
-20207 Cellars Riesling 2009 Fox Croft Vineyard
-Union Red 2009, $13.95 LCBO
-Mike Weir Riesling 2008
-Ross Riesling 2007
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-20207 Cellars Pinot Noir 2009
-Mike Weir Chardonnay 2008
-Mike Weir Sauvignon Blanc 2009
-Mike Weir Cabernet Merlot 2008
-Five Suns Sauvignon Blanc 2010
-Five Suns Pinot Noir 2009
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 90.

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