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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Event: California Wine Fair 2014 Tour

The Date and Time: Monday, April 7, 2014 1Pm to 5:30 PM
The Event: California Wine Fair 2014 Tour
The Venue: Fairmount Royal York
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: everything seemed to be available through the
LCBO channels or as private orders, consignments, etc.
The Quote/Background: I did not taste every wine, but we did have a media
room where it was quiet enough to do some tasting beyond sampling.
The Wines:

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs NV, $27.95 September Vintages
-Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV, $27.95 December Vintages
-Sebastiani Chardonnay Sonoma 2012 Select
-Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2011 Napa, $63.95 Cons Rogers
-St. Supery Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Napa, $19.95 Vintages
-Beringer Luminus Chardonnay 2012 Oak Knoll, $39.95 TWE
-Hahn SLH Estate Chardonnay 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Ponte
-Marimar Estate La Masia Chardonnay 2010 Russian River Valley Family Wine
-Mumm Napa Brut Prestige NV Corby
-Nichols Winery Primitivo 2006 Paso Robles
-Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating
-Robert Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc 2012 Napa
-Domaine Chandron Rose NV Charton-Hobbs
-Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $17.95 Vintages
-Benovia Chardonnay 2011 Russian River Artisanal
-Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Napa
-Beringer Quantum Private Reserve 2010 Napa
-Buena Vista Chardonnay 2011 Carneros
-Ca'Momi Chardonnay 2012 Napa
-Ca'Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa
-Chateau St.Jean Cinq Cepages Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Sonoma
-Clos du Bois Marlstone Meritage 2010 Alexander Valley
-Toasted Head Chardonnay 2012 California, $17.95 LCBO
-Cuvaison Brandlin Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Mount Veeder Napa
-Deep Sea Chardonnay 2013 Santa Barbara
-Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2012 Russian River
-Dierberg Chardonnay 2011 Santa Maria Kylix
-Duckhorn The Discussion Red Wine 2010 Estate Grown Napa
-Etude Chardonnay 2010 Carneros
-Fog Crest Pinot Noir Estate 2011 Russian River Valley
-Fog Crest Elevage-Estate Chardonnay 2010 Russian River Valley
-Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay 2012 Monterey, $18.99
-Gloria Ferrer Chardonnay 2011 Carneros
-Hahn SLH Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Ponte
-Heitz Trailside Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Rutherford
-Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Oakville
-Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Rutherford
-Jordan Chardonnay 2011 Russian River Valley
-Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Alexander Valley
-Nichols Petite Sirah 2006 Paso Robles Le Sommelier
-Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Authentic
-Peju Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa Le Sommeleir
-Pine Ridge Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2012 Carneros
-Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Alexander
-Schug Chardonnay 2012 Carneros Lifford
-Schug Chardonnay 2012 Sonoma Coast Lifford
-Schug Pinot Noir 2011 Carneros Lifford
-Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2011 Napa Profile
-Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Karia 2012 Napa
-Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Napa TWE
-J Vineyards Brut Cuvee 20 Russian River Halpern
-J Vineyards Brut Rose Russian River Halpern
-J Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Paso Robles Profile

*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012 Livermore, $16.95 LCBO
-Cline Cellars Viognier 2012 North Coast
-Dierberg Pinot Noir 2011 Santa Rita Hills Kylix
-Three Saints 67 Bordeaux Blend 2007 Happy Canyon Kylix
-Fog Crest Estate Chardonnay 2011 Russian River Valley
-Geyser Peak Winery XYZin Old Vine Zinfandel 2012 California Mondia
-Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Alexander
-Kenwood Zinfandel 2011 Sonoma Rogers
-Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2010 Sonoma Coast Family Wine Merch
-Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay 2012 Russian River Valley Family Wine
-Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2012 Russian River
-Pedroncelli Zinfandel Mother Clone 2011 Dry Creek Valley
-Pedroncelli Chardonnay 2012 Dry Creek Valley Kylix
-Peju Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Napa Le Sommelier
-J Wilkes Pinot Blanc 2012 Santa Maria Valley Grape Inc
-Waterstone Winery Pinot Noir 2011 Carneros Small Winemakers

The Food: terrines, cheeses, breads, dried fruit.
The Downside: it was difficult to challenge the crowds.
The Upside: the media room.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.


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