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Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 13/12: Grandi Marchi Mini Tasting at Barberian's

The Date and Time: Tuesday, March 13, 2012  3PM to 5PM
The Event: A Gandi Marchi tasting
The Venue: Barberian's
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are at the LCBO in some channels, others are by consignment. The GM represent 19 families who make upscale Italian wines. Not all GM families were represented here, about five were missing (most likely because they had no product in Ontario at the moment).
The Quote/Background: Michael Fagan, Manager of LCBO's Knowledge Resources Group, spoke about Grandi Marchi and their support for the LCBO's newest three DVDs about Italian wines (North, Middle, South) during a month long shoot. Also attending was Mariana Nedic from IEEM on behalf of the GM.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (2005 at Vintages, $59.95)
-Masi Costasera Riserva Amarone Classico 2006
-Jermann Were Dreams Bianco 2009, $63.95 +5154 Vintages
-Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero Montepulciano 2008, $14.95 +981191
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 (2006 at Vintages, $44)
-Biondi Santi Greppo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
-Folonari Tenuta di Nozzole La Forra Chianti Classico Riserva, $29.95 +177279
-Donnafugata Tancredi 2007 Sicilia, $25.95 +990424
-Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2009, $17.95 Vintages
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti Superiore 209, $14.95 Vintages
-Pio Cesare Gavi 2010
-Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Prestige/Brut 2010/11, $45 +105353
-Carpene Malvolti Cuvee Prosecco, $13.85 +727438 Vintages
-Jermann Chardonnay 2010 (2009 at Vintages, $29.95)
-Lungarotti Sagrantino di Montefalco 2009
-Lungarotti Torre di Giano Vigna al Pino 2008
-Agiolas Costera Cannonau di Sardegna 2009, $17.95 +99028
The Food: cold cuts, charcuterie, cured salmon, cheeses, breads.
The Downside: it was hot in the small cellar – there were over 40 people present. There were no listings or prices available, just a catalogue about the families themselves.
The Upside: a great chance to taste a variety of pricey wines.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 83.

Chimo! AND

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