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The Date and Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2PM to 5PM
The Event: Malbec World Day; walk-around tasting
The Venue: Roy Thomson Hall lobby
The Target Audience: in the afternoon, the wine media; at night, wine customers of Vintages.
The Availability/Catalogue: 28 wineries were available for sampling. All the wines were available at the LCBO.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Prices are LCBO RETAIL.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bod Catena Zapata Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza, $19.95
-Bod Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2008 Mendoza, $110
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bod Catena Zapata Malbec 2011 Mendoza, $19.95
-Alamos Seleccion Pinot Noir 2010 Mendoza, $16.95
-Bod Chakana Estate Selection Malbec 2011 Lujan de Cuyo, $19.95
-Bod Dante Robino Reserva Malbec 2009 Mendoza, $19.95
-Bod Don Cristobal 1492 Oak Reserve Shiraz 2010 Mendoza, $13.95
-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Finca La Linda Merlot, $13
-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Pinot Noir 2010 Mendoza, $17.95
-Merced del Estero Mil Vientos Torrontes 2011 San Juan, $15.95
-Domaine Jean Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2010, $21.95
-Finca Las Moras Reserve Chardonnay 2011 San Juan, $12.95
-Finca Las Moras Black Label Bonarda 2010 San Juan, $15.95
-Graffigna Centenario Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012 San Juan, $12.95
-Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec 2010 San Juan, $17.95
-Nieto Senetiner Gran Reserva Malbec/Petit Verdot 2010 Mendoza, $17.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alamos Malbec Mendoza, $13.95
-Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2010 Mendoza, $16.95
-Bod Benegas Juan Benegas Malbec 2010 Mendoza, $14.95
-Algodon Wine Estates Bonarda 2008, $19.95
-Luigi Bosca Familia Arizu Malbec 2010, $18.05
-Bod Septima Septimo Dia Malbec 2011, $15.95
-Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2011, $15.95
-Domaine Jean Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Organic 2010, $12.95
-Dominio Del Plata Essential Malbec 2011, $15.95
-Dominio Del Plata Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $19.95
-Familia Zuccardi Organica Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $13.95
-Finca Agostino Inicio Torrontes 2011, $13.95
-Finca Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2010, $22.95
-Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2009 Mendoza, $32.95
-Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah 2010, $16.95
The Food: empanadas, breads.
The Downside: it was tough to taste through a lot of high-fueled Malbec wines, but there were some other wines too.
The Upside: a nice quiet spot for the media to cogitate with no interferences.
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