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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Gaja Wine Tasting, with Gaia Gaja at Bosk, Oct 31/13

The Date and Time: Thursday, October 31, 2013  10AM to Noon
The Event: A tasting/seminar with Gaia Gaja
The Venue: BOSK restaurant (Shangri-La Hotel)
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available from the LCBO or
through Stew Wine Group.
The Quote/Background: Last year, Angelo Gaja came and spoke to us of
his passion and vision, followed by a tasting. This year, his daughter
Gaia comes and speaks of the history of the company and some assorted
technological backgrounds. She spoke on wood, overextraction, and the
pendulum swings of the public. She spoke about cow manure and worms
used in the fields, replanting, nurseries, and soil types. For example,
the Barbaresco soil from glacial retreat is older than Barolo's soil.
She addressed canopy management in light of climate change. In the
great years, the company concentrates on its single vineyards. The
company specializes in "B" wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and
The Wines:  Wines not tasted but soon to be available from the December
Classics include Sperss 2008, Sori San Lorenzo 2009, Sori Tilden 2009,
and Costa Russi 2009. In November, the ISD Gaja Sito Moresco 2011 will
arrive ($54.95). There are a whole range more of wines from Stem,
including different bottle sizes and Chardonnays, and different
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Gaja Ca'Marcanda 2009 Bolgheri – Merlot50/CabSauv40/CabFranc10 -
$129.99 – Stem
-Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino - $159.99 Stem
-Gaja Barbaresco 2009 - $199.99 Stem [$219.95 Classics]
-Gaja Sperss Barolo 1999 [part of the 1999 Gaja Collection of a six
pack, with 2 each of 1999 Barbaresco, Sperss, and Conteisa: $1769.99
through Stem]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Gaja Vistamare 2011 Toscana IGT – Vermentino60/Viognier40 – $49.99
-Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2008 - $75.95 +92742 Classics
-Gaja Conteisa Barolo 2008 - $239.99 Stem
The Food: charcuterie plate, terrines, breads and olives.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):90.

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