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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feb 10/12 APVSA tasting, French wines needing Ont agency

The Date and Time: Friday, February 10, 2012  11AM to 5 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; these were mostly the good value or unique wines. Here were my faves from today, regardless of FOB cost which must be requested due to competitive pricing. I did not try every wine.


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

-Dom. Perraud Saint-Veran 2010

-Dom. Des Poncetys Saint Veran 2009 and 2010

-Champagne Louis Dubosquet 2002 Grand Cru


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price

Rating terms):

-Dom. Perraud Macon Village 2008 and 2009

-Dom. Remoriquet Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru 2009 Les Damodes

-Dom. Remoriquet Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru 2009 and 2010 Les Bousselots

-Dom. Remoriquet Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru 2009 Les Saints Georges

-Muhlberger Gewurztraminer 2009 Alsace

-Muhlberger Cremant d'Alsace

-Dom. Breliere Rully 2010 Blanc

-Dom. Breliere Cremant de Bourgogne

-Dom. Grad Jean Bordeaux Blanc 2011

-Dom. Grand Jean Gers 2009 IGP

-Champage Couche

-Champagne H. Blin 2004

-Chateau Lafleur de Viaud Lalande de Pomerol 2009


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

-Dom. Remoriquet Bourgogne 2009

-Muhlberger Pinot Gris 2010 Alsace

-Muhlberger Pinot Blanc 2010 Alsace

-Muhlberger Pinot Noir 2010 Alsace

-Muhlberger Riesling 2010 Alsace

-Dom. Breliere Bourgogne 2010

-Vignobles Laur Cahors 2008

-Vignbles Cotes de Gascogne Horas Malbec 2008

-Champagne Dauby Rose

-Chateau Julian Bordeaux Superieur 2009

-Chareau des Chevaliers Bordeaux 2009

-Dom. Remoriquet Nuits Saint Georges 2009 Les Allots


The Food: I arrived late after an LCBO Vintages tasting, so I missed most of the lunch, but I did grab a slice of pizza.

The Contact Person: Pascal

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



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