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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

APVSA tasting in Toronto, Nov 12/12

The Date and Time: Monday, November 12, 2012 11AM to 5PM
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.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Clos des Moines Bordeaux Superiore 2010 [wooded]
-Cellier des Gorges de l'Ardeche Cotes du Rhone 2010
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Chateau Mayre-Vieil Fronsac 2009
-Chateau Jeanrousse 2010 Fronsac
-Chateau La Grave Peynet 2011 Rouge
-Le Clos d'Elle Languedoc Mas de Pagnol Rouge 2011
-Le Clos d'Elle Pays d'Oc Chardonnay 2011
-Domaine La Rosiere Bio'ronnies 2010 Blanc [Demeter]
-Domaine La Rosiere Bio'ronnies 2010 Rose [Demeter]
-Domaine La Rosiere Bio'ronnies 2010 Rouge [Demeter]
-Cellier des Gorges de l'Ardeche Cotes du Rhone Villages 2009
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau La Grave Peynet 2011 Rose
-Le Clos d'Elle Pays d'Oc Chardonnay 2010
-Domaine La Rosiere La Vertue Syrah 2010
-Cave du Lugon Bordeaux Croix du Carney 2011
-Chateau Comte Segur 2011 Bordeaux
-Grand Duche Fronsac 2010
-Le Clos d'Elle Pays d'Oc IGP Rouge 2010
-Le Clos d'Elle Pays d'Herault Rose 2011
-Cellier des Gorges de l'Ardeche Cotes du Rhone 2009 [organic]
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event (numerical grade):

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