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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Annual Discover of Wines of Chile Toronto '13 trade show

The Date and Time: Tuesday, October 8, 2013  12:15PM to 5PM

The Event: Annual Discover Wines of Chile Toronto '13

The Venue: ROM

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: most items are available through the LCBO or by consignment, some are coming in. Catalogue had full details.

The Quote/Background: We began with a trade seminar on the effects of green viticulture on taste, cost and consumer appeal, with a tasting/presentation of six wines, some with different vintages than what was in the show. It was led by Marcela Burgos, WSET, and Chris Waters, VINES. Most of the wines in the trade show were $16 and under. There were special tables: natural wines from Chile; Top wines for licensees; and 10th annual Wines of Chile awards winners (my fave table).

The Wines: I did not taste all the wines. There were 21 wineries with over 125 wines.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Anakena ALWA Carmenere 2010, $34.95 Kylix

-Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2011 Limari, $21.95 Select

-Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2009 Maipo, $37.95 Wine World

-Emiliana Coyam 2010 Red Blend Colchagua, $29.95  PMA

-Perez Cruz Quelen Petit Verdot-Carmenere-Cot Maipo Andes, $49

-Montgras Amaral Sauvignon Blanc Leyda, $14.45 LCBO

-Montgras Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo, $21.95 LCBO

-Via Chilensis Lazuli Red Blend Maule 2010, $17.50 LCBO


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Anakena Viognier Single Vineyard 2011, $16.95 Cons Kylix

-Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Colchagua 2010, $17.99 Ackerman

-Calcu Winemaker's Selection red Blend Colchagua 2010, $12.95 Ackerman

-Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Maipo $79.95

-Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2012 Limari, $19.95 Select

-Cousino Macul Antiguas Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Maipo, $15.95 Wine World

-Cousino Macul Lota 2008 Maipo, $86 Wine World

-Emiliana Signos de Origen Chardonnay-Roussanne-Marsanne-Viognier Casablanca 2012, $19.95 PMA

-Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere Rapel 2011, $21.95 Select

-Maquis Lien 2009 Red Blend Colchagua, $29  Ackerman

-Maquis Malbec 2010 Colchagua, $19.95  Ackerman

-Terraustral PKNT Gold Carmenere 2011 Maule, $15.95

-Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2010, $17.95

-Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere/Syrah Colchagua, $29.95

-Carmen Gran Reserva Syrah Apalta 2009, $17.95

-San Pedro 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Organic Central Valley, $12.95 LCBO

-Siegel Gran Crucero Limited Ed Carmenere/Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2010, $39.95

-Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Aconcagua Costa 2012, $21.95

-Maquis Carmenere 2009 Colchagua, $19.95  Ackerman

-Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Colchagua, $19.95  Ackerman

-Maquis Franco 2010 Colchagua, $80  Ackerman

-Volcanes de Chile Parinacota Limited Ed Carignan-Syrah Maule 2010, $29.95 Woodman

-Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenere 2011 Aconcagua, $22.95 LCBO

-Montgras Antu By Ninquen Syrah 2011 Colchagua, $16.95 Kirkwood

-Morande Reserva Chardonnay 2011 Casablanca, $15.99 Majestic

-Morande Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2010 Casablanca, $19.99 Majestic

-Morande Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo, $19.99 Majestic

-Perez Cruz Carmenere Limited Ed Maipo 2011, $19.95 LCBO

-Perez Cruz Liguai Red Blend 2010 Maipo, $39 Charton Hobbs

-San Esteban In Situ Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Aconcagua, $17 MCO

-San Esteban In Situ Signature Wine Riverside Blend Chardonnay Viognier Aconcagua 2012, $15 MCO

-San Esteban In Situ Signature Wine Full Bodied Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot/Carmenere Aconcagua 2012, $15

-San Pedro 1865 Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2012, $19.95  Dandurand

-Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo, $17.95 LCBO


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Terraustral Car Men Air Carmenere 2011 Maule, $17.95

-Via Oveja Negra C.F. Carmenere Reserva 2011 Maule, $13.95

-Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere Apalta Colchagua 2011, $17.95

-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2011, $21.95  Select

-San Esteban In Situ Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Aconcagua, $14.03 licensee

-San Esteban In Situ Signature Wines Pinot Noir Aconcagua 2012, $14.03 licensee

-Siegel Crucero Reserva Carmenere Colchagua 2011, $13.95

-Via Chilcas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Maule 2010, $14.25

-Perez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Maipo Andes, $15.95

-Carmen Nativa Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Maipo, $19.95 Vintages

-Ventisquero Grey Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca, $19.95

-Via Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maule 2010, $17.95 LCBO

-Morande Reserva Gewurztraminer 2013 Casablanca, $15.99 Majestic


The Food: Daniel et Daniel provided a range of cold cuts, cheeses, pates, breads, toasts, biscuits, and veggies and dips.

The Downside: the seminar went on for too long, with only six wines. Also, the main catalogue had typos.

The Upside: a chance to see where Chilean wine values are today.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90


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