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Monday, April 2, 2012

March 19/12 APVSA tasting at Delta Chelsea Inn

The Date and Time: Monday, March 19, 2012.  11AM to 5PM

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):

-Cave Vieil Armand Gewurztraminer 2010

-La Maurine Rouge Saint-Chinian Secrets de Paul 2009

-Dom. De Mayol Luberon 2008

-Vina Vilano Legon Ribera del Duero Premium 2005


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

Rating terms):

-Dom. Perraud Chardonnay Macon Villages 2009

-Dom. Perraud L'Oeuvre Saint-Veran 2010

-Dom. Des Hauts Perray Coulee du Hauts Perrays 2011

-Dom. Des Hauts Perray Cabernet d'Anjou 2011 [rose]

-Ch. Du Vallies 2007 Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux

-Ch. Coutelor La Romarine 2009 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux

-Cave Vieil Armand Pinot Gris 2009

-La Maurine Rouge Saint-Chinian Galopins 2009

-Ch. Prat de Cest Corbieres 2009

-Dom. De Mayol Luberon 2009

-Dom. M. Colbois Chablis du Chene 2010

-Vina Vilano Legon Ribera del Duero Roble 2010

-Vina Vilano Legon Ribera del Duero Reserva 2005


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

-Dom. Grand Jean Bordeaux Rose 2011

-Dom. Grand Jean Bordeaux Rouge 2010

-Dom. Perraud Bourgogne Rouge 2008

-Cave Vieil Armand Pinot Noir 2008

-Les Tros Puechs Coteaux du Languedoc 2011

-Les Tros Puechs Pays d'Oc 2011

-Ch. Prat de Cest Corbieres 2010

-Dom. M. Colbois Bourgogne Algote 2009

-Dom. M. Colbois Bourgogne Chitry Chardonnay 2009

-Vina Vilano Legon Ribera del Duero Tinto 2011


The Food: I arrived late after the Palacios 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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