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8. The Date and Time: Thursday, November 17, 2011 6PM to 9 PM
The Event: a tasting of New York state wines
The Venue: 17th Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Metro Centre
The Target Audience: VIPs on opening night, trade.
The Availability/Catalogue: very few wines are available in Ontario, but the tasting was useful for keeping up-to-date with New York wines.
The Quote/Background: Robert Ketchin has for years co-ordinated the offerings of Uncork New York in Ontario. His booth is a good example of calm and decorum, plus tasting sheets.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Serenity Medium Dry Riesling 2008 Finger Lakes, $22.60
-Anthony Road Gewurztraminer 2010 Finger Lakes, $18.75
-Clovis Point Vintners Select Merlot 2007 Long Island, $42.75
-Osprey's Dominion Reserve Merlot 2007 Long Island, $39.85 In Store Discovery Jan 2012
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Atwater Estate Vineyards Sweet Riesling 2009 Finger Lakes, $15.05
-Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2010 Finger Lakes, $17.85 (Hobbs & Co)
-Lamoreaux Landing Dry Riesling 2010 Finger Lakes, $16 (MCO)
-Lamoreaux Landing Chardonnay 2008 Finger Lakes, $16 (MCO)
-Martha Clara Chardonnay 2008 Long Island, $31.05
-Keuka Lake Leon Millot 2010 Finger Lakes, $31.80
-Oak Summit Pinot Noir 2009 Hudson River, $31.05
-Millbrook Cabernet Franc 2010 Hudson River, $26.20
-Fox Run Cabernet Franc Lemberger 2008 Finger Lakes, $16.30 (Trilogy)
-Osprey's Dominion Meritage Flight 2006 Long Island, $40.80 (Trilogy)
-Paumanok Assemblage 2007 Long Island, $54.10
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Keuka Springs Riesling 2010 Finger Lakes, $20
-Glenora Gewurztraminer 2010 Finger Lakes, $18.80
-Sheldrake Point Luckystone White 2010 Finger Lakes, $18.80 (Classique Imports)
The Food: none
The Downside: this was the third event of the day for me.
The Upside: a chance to catch up with New York wines.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.
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