The Date and Time: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
The Event: New Wines of Greece: eternally modern
The Venue: Sudbury-Glass Factory
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: once again, it was the Groupe Kolonaki agency with the most labels and wines. There were 10 agents, some with only one label, and 8 wineries looking for agents. The catalogue had no table numbers, nor page numbers, or prices. By and large, the wines were on the tables in listed order.
The Quote/Background: There was excellent food and a great crowd. The buzz was loud.
The Wines: I focused on older reds.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Boutari Santorini 2013
-Ktima Papaioannou Estate Nemea 2007
-Ktima Papaioannou Old Vines 2006
-Katsaros Estate Red 2006
-Domaine Sigalas Santorini Barrel 2013
-Domaine Mercouri Foloi 2013
-Domaine Spiropoulos Nemea 2009
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Dom. Costa Lazaridi Amethystos White 2012
-Dom. Costa Lazaridi Oenodea Red 2010
-Alpha Estate Red 2009
-Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vignes 2009
-Argyros Estate Santorini Assyrtiko 2013
-Estate Argyros 2011
-Boutari Naoussa 2009
-Boutari Grande Reserve 2008
-Douloufakis Femina White 2013
-Kir Yianni Estate 2010 Red
-Mediterra Xerolithia 2013
-Amalia Sparkling Brut
-Biblio Chora Estate White 2013
-Katsaros Estate Merlot 2008
-Parparoussis Nemea Reserve 2005
-Domaine Sigalas Santorini 2013
-Semeli Wines Feast Moschofilero 2013
-Semeli Nemea Reserve 2010
-Domaine Mercouri Red 2010
-Domaine Spiropoulos Mantinia 2013
-Gaia Thalassitis 2013
-Gaia Agiorgitiko by Gaia 2012
-Chateau Porto Carras2005
-Ktima Pavlidis Drama Red Agiorgitiko 2010
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Dom. Costa Lazaridi Amethystos Red 2010
-Apelia Moscofilero 2013
-Santo Santorini Assyrtiko 2013
-Santo Santorini Nykteri 2013
-Biblia Chora Areti Red 2009
-Domaine Gerovassiliou Estate White 2013
-Katsaros Estate White 2012
-Lyrarakis Winery Kotsifali-Syrah 2011
-Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko-Athiri 2013
-Tsililis Theopetra Estate Limniona Syrah 2013
-Tsililis Theopetra Estate Syrah Limniona Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
The Food: dim sum (BBQ pork, beef ribs, octopus, pork dumplings), oysters, all from Cool City Oysters and Chef Michael Pataran. Platters from the Cheese Boutique (sausage, charcuterie, salamis, international cheeses, rusks.
The Downside: it got hot really fast, with all the crowds and no air circulating. One fan turned around very lazily.
The Upside: good to stay in touch with the evolving freshness of Greek wines.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.