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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

APVSA Tasting at Chelsea: July 30

The Date and Time:  Monday, July 30, 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):
-Champagne Philippe Fourier Cuvee Millesime
-Champagne Philippe Fourier Cuvee Prestige
-Chateau Rousset-Caillou Jean 2008 Bordeaux Superieur
-Chateau de Carles Haut-Carles 2007
-Chateau de Carles Haut-Carles 2009
-Bodegas Viyuela 2006 Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 10
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Champagne Philippe Fourier Carte d'Or
-Champagne Breton & Fils Blanc de Blancs
-Champagne Breton & Fils Rose
-Champagne Breton & Fils Congy
-Chateau Rousset-Caillou Louis 2009 Entre-deux-Mers
-Alain & Philippe Salle Touraine 2011 Blanc
-Pierre Prieur et Fils Sancerre 2011 Rouge
-Pierre Prieur et Fils Sancerre 2011 Blanc
-Chateau La Calisse Coteau Varois en Provence 2011 Rose
-Chateau de Carles 2009
-Chateau Beard La Chapelle 2009 St. Emilion Grand Cru
-Chateau Coustolle 2007 Canon-Fronsac
-Domaine Sauvete Privilege 2008 Loire [organic]
-Chateau La Font du Broc 2009 Provence
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Saint Michel Archange La Tour de Boussecos Vin du Pays D'Oc
-Domaine Py Corbieres 2011
-Chateau Terre Blauque 2011
-Chateau Fonchereau Rose 2010 Bordeaux
-Domaine Sauvete Touraine Sauvignon 2009
-Domaine de Port Jean Muscadet Sur Lie 2011
-Marechal Prieur Sancerre 2009
-Domaine de Port Jean Coteaux d'Ancenis 2011 Loire Rose
-Domaine de Port Jean Muscadet Sur Lie 2011
-Chateau Coustolle 2007 Canon-Fronsac
-Domaine Gris des Bauries Cotes de Rhone Village 2009
-Domaine St Pierre de Mejans 2009 Luberon
-Dom. De la Brossette 2010 Touraine
-Bodegas Viyuela 2006 Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 3
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Burgundy Hautes Cotes de Beaune 2010
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Santenay 1er Cru 2010
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Santenay Les Charmes Dessus 2010
-Domaine Claude Nouveau Marranges 2010
The Food: lots of hot, meaty pizza.
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event (numerical grade):

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