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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Sept 27/11 -- Wines of Chile Annual Tasting
The Time and Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Event: Wines of Chile Annual Tasting
The Venue: RoyalOntarioMuseum, Bronfman Room
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: wines are available in various LCBO distribution channels (General, Vintages, Consignment, Private, online, discoveries, etc.). The catalogue was nicely put together with the primer basics of the Chilean wine industry, separate pages for each of the 33 wineries (with full contact details on websites, agencies, names, vintages, prices, and so forth).
The Quote/Background: There was a seminar at which presented 14 natural and/or organic wines for tasting and discussion. Many principals attended at this major fair.
The Wines: There were some 250 wines. I did not taste them all.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
The Food: there were international cheese and charcuterie, breads, biscuits, warm appetizers such as mini-empanadas (beef, chicken), pate, sushi. They were all replenished from time to time.
The Downside: I had to run off at to go to another tasting.
The Upside: I appreciated the seminar because it gave me more time to taste Chilean wines before leaving to go to another tasting (see below). Also, there were special booths with special wines meant for licensees, award winners, and more natural-organic wines to taste.