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Thursday, February 9, 2012

TASTING Autochthonous (indigenous) wines from Appelation Wines agency

The Date and Time: Friday, February 3, 2012    10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The Event: a tasting of autochthonous wines (made from indigenous grape varieties), available from Ken Hayden of Appellation Wines.

The Venue: LCBO Scrivener Square

The Target Audience: members of the WWCC.

The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available on consignment or by private order.

The Quote/Background: the event was put on at the request of the WWCC Executive, as a special tasting for its members. Ken specializes in sourcing indigenous grape varieties from France, Spain and Italy.

The Quote/Background: It is a trend now to produce indigenous grape varieties in small lots, for there will always be a market for these types of grapes.

The Wines: Prices are approximate since most wines are still coming in.


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

-2011 Santa Venere Vescovado Guardavalle Calabria IGT [organic]$24.30

-2010 Fina Vini Taif 2010 Zibibbo Marsala IGP $24.10 (white)

-2007 Vera de Estenas Casa Don Angel Bobal DO, Utiel-Requena, Spain

(red) $36 (heavily oaked, my fave)

-2011 Emilio Bulfon Cjanòrie VDT, Friuli, Italy (red) $21.50

-2009 Rebus Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato DOC, Piedmont, Italy (red)

-2010 Cantina Ma.Ri.Ca Ramosceto Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Belevedere Ostrense – Marche DOC $19.40.

-2010 Ibervinum Ad Libitum Maturana Tinta Rioja Alta (red) $24.50

-2011 Vinchio Vaglio Serra "Rebus" Ruche DOC Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato Italy (red) $22.10


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

-2010 Santa Venere Speziale Marsigliana Nera Calabria IGT [organic] $24.95

-2010 Chateau Lecusse Cuvee Speciale Fer Servadou AGC, Gaillac, France

(red) $21.50

-2010 Chateau Lecusse Cuvee Speciale Loin de l'Oeil AGC, Gaillac, France (white) $21.50

-2010 Ibervinum Ad Libitum Tempranillo Blanco Rioja Alta (white) $24.50

-2008 Torre Guaceto "Sum" Sussumaniello Manduria Puglia, $25.15

-2007 Vinedos y Bodegas Pablo Menguante Vidadillo DO Carinena, Spain

(red) $22.45

-2010 Emilio Bulfon Forgiarin IGT Venezia Giulia, Italy (red) $21.50

-2010 Emilio Bulfon Piculit Neri IGT Venezie, Italy (red) $22.75

-2008 Fatt. Paradiso Barbarossa Forli IGT Italy, $34.25 (red)


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


-2011 Emilio Bulfon Sciaglin IGT Venezia Giulia Italy (white) $21.50

-2010 Chateau Lecusse Cuvee Speciale Duras AGC, Gaillac, France

(red) $21.50

-2010 Terra di Briganti Sciascinoso Sannio DOP Italy, (red) $23.50

-2011 Vinchio Vaglio Serra "Le Nocche" Grignolino d'Asti DOC, Piedmont, Italy (red) $18.65


We were also given an opportunity to taste some of Appellation's non-indigenous products from Vintages (retail):


FOUR stars

–Domaine Francois Schwach Muscat 2008 Alsace, +261644, $15.95.



–Domaine Saint Andeol Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne 2009, +251512, $17.95

-Domaine Francois Schwach Cremant Blanc de Blanc Brut 2007 Alsace, +268060, $18.95.

-Domaine Hubert Reyser Riesling Stephansberg 2008, +118240, $19.95



-Domaine Roche Guillon Fleurie 2010, +269514, $17.95.


plus a private order wine from Jo Cooke Wine Selections (Campo al Pero Bolgheri DOC Toscana 2007, $27 est.)


The Downside: I was stymied, trying to compare varieties with varieties

I knew well, as a touchstone.

The Upside: a rare opportunity to taste a variety of wines, well-made

but with different tastes.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 92.

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