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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sept 30/11: Monthly APVSA tasting at Delta Chelsea Inn, Toronto

The Time and Date: Friday, September 30, 2011 10AM to 6 PM

The Event: the monthly APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des

vins et spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).

The Venue: Delta Chelsea Inn

The Target Audience: wine agents.

The Availability/Catalogue: no wines are currently available in

Ontario. The group is here to get some agents to agree to rep

the principal. Some of the wines are available in Quebec and Alberta.

Most of the wines were French, and there is sales staff available to

comment on the prices and production. This road show also visits such

places as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, Calgary,

Vancouver, Miami, Washington DC, and Montreal. Occasionally, the show

will have wines from Italy, Uruguay, Spain and Australia. Sometimes

spirits and VDN are also available.

The Wines: The problem I had with the wines, and one that must be

acknowledged, is that (by and large) they were about the same as wines

that we already have here in Ontario. There really did not seem to be

any price advantages, either. But these 40 or so wines could be made

available through Vintages or Consignment. In the past, quite a few

have been picked up for sale in Ontario. They were mostly the good

value or unique wines. Here were my faves, regardless of price which must be requested due to competitive pricing. I did not try every wine.


The Wines:


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

-Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Clos des Chaudoun 2009

-Dom. Verret Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre 2009

-Ch. Meric 2009 Medoc (5.8 euros FOB)

-Ch. Clos de Sarpe 2004 St. Emilion Grand Cru

-Ch. Clos de Sarpe 1996 St. Emilion Grand Cru

-H. Serguier Ls Grandes Grenuchieres 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Champagne Breton Fils Brut NV

-Dom. Michaud Eclat de Silex Sauvignon Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2010

-Dom. Crotereau Quincy 2010

-Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fume Tradition 2010

-Dom. Verret Chablis 1er cru Beauroy 2008

-A. Rousseau Rose Cabernet d'Anjou 2010

-Ch. Haut-Fonruzade 2008 St Emilion Grand Cru

-Ch. Maison Noble 2002 Bordeaux

-Ch. Haut Bourcier 2009 Cotes de Blaye

-Dom. Des Amadieu Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Cairanne 2009

-Romain Duvernay Hermitage 2009


*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Dom. Michaud Cremant de Loire Brut NV

-Dom. Michaud Sauvignon 2010 Val de Loire Touraine

-Pat Denis Dom. De la Renaudie Sauvignon 2010

-Sophie Chardon Terres de l'Aumonier Sauvignon Blanc 2010

-Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Sur Loire 2010

-P.Jacolin Menetou-Salon 2010 Le Prieure de Saint Ceols

-Ch. Maison Noble 2008 Bordeaux

-Ch. Maison Noble 2007 Bordeaux

-Dom. Des Amadieu Cuvee des Garrigues Cairanne 2009

-Romain Duvernay Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

-Ch. Simian Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

-Ch. Laur 2008 Cahors Vieilles Vignes

-Ch. Laur Horus 2008 Cahors (all Malbec)

-Ch. Julian 2009 Bordeaux

-Ch. Julian 2010 Bordeaux

-Clos Jacquemeau 2008 St. Emilion Grand Cru

-Ch. Simian Cotes de Rhone 2009

-Ch. Simian Jocundaz 2009 Massif D'Uchaux

-Romain Duvernay Vacqueyras 2009

-Dom. De Verquiere Vacqueyras 2009


Food: basic water, but also, this time, pizza!!

The Contact Person: Pascal

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


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