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Thursday, July 12, 2012

APVSA tasting in Toronto, Jun 7/12

The Date and Time:  Thursday, June 7, 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):

-Cognac Boutinet XO

-Champagne Janisson Grand Cru

-Champagne Janisson Brut

-Chateau des Landes Lussac Saint Emilion 2009 Cuvee Prestige

-Domaine Mussy Pommard-Epanots 1er Cru

-Domaine Changarnier Monthelie 1er Cru Champs Fulliot 2010


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

Rating terms):

-Clos D'Elle Mas de Blanger Syrah Pays D'Oc 2010, 3.30 E

-Chateau Coutelor La Romarine 2009 Sainte Foy Bordeaux

-Les Caves Poussin Vouvray Sparkling NV

-Chateau Soutard Les Jardins 2008 St-Emilion

-Domaine des Perelles Macon St. Veran 2010

-Chateau des Landes Lussac Saint Emilion 2009 Cuvee Tradition

-Domaine Changarnier Meursault 2010


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

-Chateau La Roche Bordeaux 2009 Les Canons de Guyenne

-Chateau La Roche Bordeaux 2009 Les Canons de Guyenne Rose

-Clos D'Elle Mas de Blanger Chardonnay Pays D'Oc 2010

-Clos D'Elle Rose  Pays D'Herault 2011

-Chateau de Coustelle 2009 Canon-Fronsac

-Domaine des Perelles Beaujolais Blanc 2010

-Domaine des Perelles Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011

-Domaine de L'Echelette Macon Cruzille 2010

-Domaine Dalais Pascal et Valerie Fleurie 2011

-Domaine Dalais Pascal et Valerie Moulin a Vent 2011

-Domaine Dalais Pascal et Valerie Cote de Brouilly2011

-Domaine Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Vieilles Vignes NV

-Domaine Metrat Moulin a Vent 2010 Lieu Dit

-Domaine Saint Michel Archange La Tour de Boussecos Vin du Pays D'Oc 2010

-Domaine Py Corbieres 2011


The Food: Some really great vegetarian food from Le Commensal.

The Contact Person: Pascal

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


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