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Monday, February 17, 2014

APVSA Tasting in Toronto

The Date and Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2014  11AM to 4PM
The Event: the bi-monthly APVSA tasting (Association pour la promotion des
vins et spiritueux en Amerique du Nord).
The Venue: Eaton 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 Canada, 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. I did not try every wine, even though there were winery assistants this time.
The Wines: Prices are FOB. I did not taste every product.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Parigot Pommard Les Riottes 2011
-Champagne Waris Hubert Grand Cru Chardonnay, 13.5E
-Champagne Waris Hubert Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir, 12E
-Champagne Waris Hubert Grand Cru Chardonnay Millesime, 18E
-Champagne Moussy Brut Classique Edition 2007, 10.40E
-Champagne Moussy Brut Cuvee de Reserve Edition 2007, 10.40E
-Champagne Piot Sevillano Brut Tradition, 13.60E
-Champagne Piot Sevillano Rose Brut, 15E
-Champagne Piot Sevillano Prestige, 17.50E
-Domaine L'Enclos des Jumeaux Enclos de la Chance Les Jumeaux 2012 Blanc
-Chateau de Thauvenay Sancerre 2012, 7.10E
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Chateau la Caderie Authentique 2008 Rouge Bordeaux, 4.83E
-Chateau la Caderie Authentique 2010 Rouge Bordeaux, 4.83E
-Domaine Parigot Pommard 1er cru Les Charmots 2011
-Domaine Parigot Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clos de la Perriere 2011
-Chateau Montana Dialogue Cotes du Roussillon 2012, 2.90E
-Chateau Montana La Rouge Eternel Dialogue Cotes du Roussillon 2012, 3.50E
-Chateau Montana Cotes du Roussillon 2011, 5.50E
-Domaine L'Enclos des Jumeaux Enclos de la Chance Aiguillettes 2013 Blanc
-Chateau de Thauvenay Les Vignes du Baron Sancerre 2012, 5.72E
-Domaine de la Mayonette Cotes de Provence 2012 Rose, 3.50E
-Domaine de la Mayonette Cotes de Provence 2012 Blanc, 3.50E
-Domaine Guiot Chateau Nimois Nitoi 2012 Rouge [Rhone], 2.85E
-Domaine du Vistre Cuvee de Gladiateur AOP Costieres de Nimes 2009 Rouge
-Domaine du Vistre Cuvee de Gladiateur AOP Costieres de Nimes 2012 Rouge
-Chateau Landra Ventoux Les Boutieres 2010 Rouge
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine Joncy Coteaux Bourguignone 2013 Rouge
-Chateau la Caderie Expression 2012 Rouge Bordeaux, 3.52E
-Chateau de Garde Bordeaux 2008 Rouge, 3.01E
-Chateau de Garde Bordeaux 2008 Blanc, 2.51E
-Domaine de la Mayonette 2012 Rose, 2E
-Domaine Guiot Chateau Numa 2011 Rouge [Rhone], 4.75E
-Chateau Landra Ventoux 2011 Rouge
-Chateau Landra Ventoux 2011 Blanc
The Food: great hot pizzas, which went well with the wines, as always.
The Contact Person: Pascal
The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event (numerical grade):


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