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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
New Zealand Wine Fair, Toronto, May 2013...
The Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Event: Work of our Hands New Zealand Wine Fair, Toronto 2013
The Venue: Toronto Reference Library
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: as always, the catalogue is a model, with full details about the winery, Ontario agent, wines on show, vintages, prices, distribution channel. Occasionally, there are incorrect numbers on vintages or prices, or certain wines did not arrive and may or may not have been replaced.
The Quote/Background: once again, we had an excellent self-directed tasting seminar, this time back to sauvignon blanc, with the 16 wines arranged by region (they were mostly Marlborough) at different price points. These have been folded into the notes below. The seminar booklet contained a wealth of material and technical notes for every wine.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine, although I tried to taste all the non-savvies and non-pinots.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012, $21.95 Pernod
-Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut NV, $21.95 +163634
-Akarua Rose Brut Sparkling Central OtagoNV, $27.95Vonterra
The Food: the media got meat sandwiches on baguettes, the trade show got fruit, veggies and dips and three cheeses from Dairy Farmers of Canada (La Belle-Mere and Tomme des Demoiselles from Quebec, and Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Aged Gouda from Ontario).
The Downside: I wished that there were more wines, eg, syrah, to try, but the marketing was mostly geared to Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.
The Upside: great lighting, unlike just about every other venue we've had for the NZ show in the past (Alice Fazooli, Fermentations, DX)
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.