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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ontario Holiday Press Tasting of Chilean Wines at Spoke Club, Dec 4/12

The Date and Time: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11AM to 2 PM
The Event: Ontario Holiday Press Tasting of Chilean Wines
The Venue: Spoke Club
The Target Audience: wine press
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available for the holidays,
except for a few late entries. The catalogue had a lot of useful data.
The Quote/Background: The Chileans thought it would be useful if wine
writers were exposed to most of the wines from Chile that were
currently available through the LCBO, in time for the seasonal
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Maquis Lien 2006 Colchagua, $19.95 +292250 Vintages
-Vina Siegel Gran Crucero Limited Edition 2010 Colchagua, $39.95
-Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Colchagua, $17.50
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Antiguas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $15.96 +212993 GL
-Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $19.95 +337238
-Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2009 Rapel, $29.95 +562892 Vintages
-Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Casblanca, $12.95 +266049 GL
-Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Aconcagua Costa, $18.95,
+335174 GL
-Lapostolle Casa Carmenere 2011 Rapel, $15.95 +168740 GL
-Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Leyda, $16.95
-Vina Maipo Vitral Reserva Chardonnay 2011 Casablanca, $13.95, +270009
-Vina Maipo Gran Devocion Carmenere Syrah 2009 Maule, $16.95 +274100
-San Pedro 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Organic 2011, $12.95
-San Esteban In Situ Carmenere Gran Reserva 2011 Acocagua, $16.80
-San Esteban In Situ Signature Wines White 2011 Acocagua, $15.50
-Valdivieso Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $18.75
-Valdivieso Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Leyda, $18.75
-Valdivieso Reserva Carmenere 2011 Colchagua, $19.99 PO Wine Lovers
-Valdivieso Reserva Syrah 2009 Central Valley, $17.99 Con Wine Lovers
-San Rafael Via Chilensis Lazuli 2010 Maule, $24.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir 2011 Limari, $19.95
-Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Aconcagua Costa, $15.95
+273342 GL
-Errazuriz Max Reserva Syrah 2010 Aconcagua Costa, $18.95, +614750 GL
-San Pedro Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
-San Pedro 35 South Sauvignon Blanc 2011, $12.95 +170001
-San Pedro 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $12.95 +170019
-San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $19.95
+37911 Vintages
-San Esteban In Situ Carmenere Reserva 2011 Acocagua, $12.80
-Valdivieso Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010 Maipo, $16.70
-Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Central Valley, $11.99 Con Wine Lovers
-Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carignan 2010 Maule, $15.95
The Food: lots of lamb lollipops, hot chorizo, pate, cheeses, crackers,
salmon tartare, grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders of braised beef,
with accompaniments.
The Downside: it seemed to be a smaller crowd than usual.
The Upside: a chance to talk with some agents in a low key situation,
with colleagues.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):

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