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Friday, July 29, 2011

July 25/11: Tasting the biodynamic Pyramid Valley Vineyards, NZ

8. The Time and Date: Monday, July 25, 2011  3:30PM to 5 PM

The Event: Wine tasting with Mike Weersing from Pyramid Valley Vineyards, NZ.

The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve

The Target Audience: wine media and private clients

The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are by private order, by the half-case.

The Quote/Background: all wines are biodynamic. Mike was up here for the Cool Climate Chardonnay Convention in Niagara.

The Wines:


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Kerner Estate Pinot Blanc 2007 Marlborough, $34.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Riverbrook Vineyard Riesling 2008 Marlborough, $29.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2009, $84.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Eaton Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, $47.95


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Howell Cabernet Franc 2007 Hawkes Bay, $47.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Lions Tooth Chardonnay 2009 Canterbury, $69.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Earth Smoke Pinot Noir 2009, $84.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Calvert Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago, $47.95

-Pyramid Valley Vineyards Hille Semillon Late Harvest 2008, $29.95 half-bottles


The Food: baguettes and cheeses (blue, goat brie, Louis D'Or 2011 Grand Prix Ontario), water.

The Downside: while I was blazing hot outside traveling, it was nicely cool in the wine cellar.

The Upside: a chance to talk with a winemaker.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event(numerical grade): 88.

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