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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

APVSA tasting in Toronto, Jan 11/13

The Date and Time: Friday, January 11, 2013  11AM to 6PM

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):

-Dominique Pabiot Pouilly Fume 2011 Les Vieilles Terres

-Maurice Schueller Cremant d'Alsace 2008

-Bonnevie Bocart Champagne Premier Cru Cuvee Prestige NV (mostly chardonnay)

-Bonnevie Bocart Champagne Tradition Brut NV

-Pierre de Montignac Medoc 2010

-Seguret Cote de Rhone Village Domaine de l'Amanve 2010 Reserve


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

Rating terms):

-Dom. Rossignol-Fevriz Volnay 1er Cru Carelle sous La Chapelle 2010

-Dom. Rossignol-Fevriz Pommard 2010

-Dom. Felix Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre 2011 Blanc 2011

-Dom. Felix Bourgogne Cotes d'Auxerre 2009 Rouge 2011

-Dom. Perraud Earl Macon Rouge 2010

-Dom. Perraud Earl Saint Veran 2011

-Dom. Perraud Earl Chardonnay Macon Villages 2010

-Dominique Pabiot Pouilly Fume 2011 Cuvee Plaisir

-Maurice Schueller Muscat 2011 Alsace

-Maurice Schueller Riesling Alsace 2011

-Dom. La Tour des Vidoux 2010 Cotes de Provence Rouge

-Dom. La Tour des Vidoux Cuvee Farnoux 2009 Cotes de Provence Rouge

-Pierre de Montignac Medoc 2008

-Château Maison Noble 2006

-Primo du Château La Clide 2009 St Emilion Grand Cru

-Château Armandiare Diamant Rouge 2007 Cahors

-Château Armandiare Malbec Ancestral 2010 Cahors

-Château Armandiare Malbec Noir Delice NV Cahors

-Lunar Apoge Tavel 2011 [Demeter]

-Berthet Reyne Cairanne 2011 Vieilles Vignes


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

-Dom. Rossignol-Fevriz Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2010

-Dom Felix Irancy 2010

-Dom Felix Saint Bris 2011

-Dom Felix Bourgogne Aligote 2011

-Dom. Perraud Earl Bourgogne Rouge 2010

-Dom. Perraud Earl Chardonnay Macon Villages 2011

-Maurice Schueller Gewurztraminer 2011

-Maurice Schueller Pinot Blanc Alsace 2011

-Château La Brauterie de Peyraud Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2010

-Château Les Graves David Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2010

-Château Armandiare La Fee Violine Malbec 2012 Cahors


The Contact Person: Pascal

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


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