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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sept 16/11: Taste Ontario! in Toronto
The Time and Date: Monday, September 19, 2011
The Event: Taste Ontario! Toronto
The Venue: Ritz-Carlton Toronto
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines listed in the catalogue are available through the winery, although some might be at the LCBO. The trade show had 203 wines, while the consumer show in the evening had 104 wines. I did not attend the consumer show which featured some different wines and was run by Wine Country Ontario and Vintages, with several options to buy wines onsite.
The Quote/Background: This as the third annual Taste Ontario Toronto, with 54 wineries. The exhibits were arranged alphabetically (Lake ErieNorthShore through PrinceEdwardCounty) both by region and then by winery. The catalogue had size and vintage details, as well as licensee prices and space for making notes.
The Wines: I did not try every wine, nor did I try every winery. ALL PRICES ARE LICENSEE except where noted.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cave Spring Cellars Blanc de Blancs CSV 2004, $33.51
-Rosehall Run Vineyard Chardonnay Cuvee County 2009, $16.25
-Rosehall Run Vineyard Pinot Noir Cuvee County 2009, $16.25
The Food: there were four food stations (see below) paired with Riesling, and cheeses (Beaufort, Asiago, Brie, Gruyere, Munster) with appropriate breads.
The Downside: it got crowded really fast, so I took the media option and retired to a quiet space with my writer colleagues.
The Upside: there were four food stations emphasizing Riesling wines with food, in a variety of styles from dry to sweet. Crab cakes were paired with 30 Bench Riesling 2010, pork loin with Fielding Riesling Estate 2010, vegetable sushi with Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2010, and a mini-quiche rectangle with Wildass Riesling 2009.