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Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Event: 19th edition of the Italian Trade Commission tasting of wines from Italy

The Date and Time: Monday November 3, 2014  11AM to 5 PM
The Event: this was the 19th edition of the Italian Trade Commission tasting of wines from Italy
The Venue: Roy Thomson Hall Lobby
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was for all of Canada, so Vancouver and Calgary along with Montreal were also included. Not all wines were offered for tasting in all locations, so we had to pay attention to the small print as to which wine was where. We had to stay sober as well...Otherwise, there was detail on grape varieties and names of agents and others. Prices were lacking, but we just had to ask. Of course, not everybody knew their own prices – which was a marketing shame...Most wines were seemingly private orders, or perhaps consignment and a few in Vintages. Some wines would be available next year (2015) at the LCBO.
The Quote/Background: "It is very crowded here. I need to lose weight!! At least there is no cologne or perfume..."
The Wines: I did not, of course, taste all wines. Indeed, I decided to list all my fave wines with high scores, and then selectively list the other wines I sampled – there were too many to deal with and to re-type.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Frescobaldi IGT Toscana Mormoreto 2011, +951210 $63.95 Dandurand
-Raccontami Primitivo di Manduria 2012, $60 Jesse Tree
-Banfi Bolgheri Aska 2012, $24.95  Authentic
-Mauro Molino Barolo Gallinotto 2010
-Cottini Villa Annaberta Amarone 2011, $40  HHD Import
-Farina Montefante Amarone Riserva 2007, $64.95    Majestic
-Barolo Conca 2010
-Benedetti Amarone Croce del Gal Black Label 2006, $118.95   Tre Amici
-Benedetti Amarone Croce del Gal Blue Label 2007, $118.95   Tre Amici
-Casetta Barolo 2009  Signature
-Cesari Gerardo Bosan Amarone Riserva 2006, $100   Profile
-Luce Brunello 2009 IGT Toscana, $99   Authentic
-Malvira Roero Riserva Trinita 2009 Piedmont, $55   Ex-cellars
-Malvira Barolo 2010, $75  Ex-cellars
-Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2010
-Manfredi Barolo Patrizi 2010, $29.95  HHD Import
-Michele Satta Bolgheri I Castagni 2007, $75  Majestic
-Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove Dell'Ornellaia 2012 Bolgheri, $59.95  Authentic
-Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto 2010, $54   Noble Estates
-Tocca delle Macie Toscana Ser Gioveto IGT 2010, $39.95  Noble
-Pasetti Colline Pescarese Testarossa 2011 (Trebbiano with 20% Pecorino) Vinaio
-Pian del Querci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007  La Cantina
-Pian del Querci Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008  La Cantina
-Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2009.
-San Felice Toscana IGT Vigorello 2010  Charton Hobbs
-Aurelio Settimo Barolo 2010, $60   Profile
-Aurelio Settimo Barolo Rocche 2005, $64.95   Profile
-Valentina Cubi Amarone Morar 2005 Vintages
-Zonin Moscato IGT Provincia di Pavia Castello del Poggio NV, $13.60  Imprese
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Rocca di Frassinello La Sughere di Fransinello 2011 IGT Maremma Toscana +25700 March 7, 2015, $24.95
-Castelgiocondo 2009 Brunello di Montalcino +650432, $49.95 Dandurand
-Il Bruno dei Vespa Rosso Puglia IGP 2013, $40 Jesse Tree
-Il Rosso dei Vespa Primitivo del Salento IGT 2013, $30 Jesse Tree
-Monte del Fra Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 +47506 $54.95
-Zonin Amarone 2010 +266684, $37.10
-Zonin Ripasso 2012 +170142, $17.45
-Amastuola Puglia IGP Centosassi 2011, $26  Majestic
-Amastuola Puglia IGP Onda del Tempo 2010, $18
-ATS Sicily Monica di Sardegna San Remy 2012   Authentic
-Bersano Vini Barolo Badarina 2009, $62.95 Profile
-Casale del Giglio Petit Verdot Lazio IGT 2012  Wine World
-Casetta Barbaresco 2009   Signature
-Castel Rio Umbria IGT Ritorto 2013, $32.70  Caliber
-Castel Rio Umbria IGT San Valentino 1861 2010, $45.70  Caliber
-Castel Rio Umbria IGT Sediana 2012, $23.95  Caliber
-Castello di Meleto Pieve de Spaltenna Poggiano Toscana 2011 Wine World
-Castello di Neive Barbaresco 2011 Brunello Imports
-Cesari Gerardo Il Bosco Amarone 2008, $70  Profile
-Cusumano Sicilia NOA 2011, $20   Family Wine Merchants
-Domini Castellare di Castellina Toscana IGT Rocca di Frassinello 2010, $24.95  Dionysus
-Lucente 2011 Toscana IGT, $35   Authentic
-Manfredi Barbaresco Patrizi 2009, $19.95 HHD Imports
-Michele Satta Toscana IGT Cavaliere 2008, $37   Majestic
-Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2012 Toscana IGT, $29.95   Authentic
-San Felice Brunello de Montalcino Campogiovanni 2009, $59.95  Charton Hobbs
-Valle dell'Acate Sicilia Bidis Chardonnay 2012     Halperin
-Vignamaggio Igt Toscana Rosso Wine Obsession 2009  HHD Imports
-Vignamaggio Igt Toscana Rosso Cabernet Franc 2009, $59 Classics  HHD Imports
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Frescobaldi di Castigioni 2011 Toscana IGT  +145920 $21.95
-Monte del Fra Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2010 +165662 Vintages
The Food: Cibo Wine Bar provided the food, and lots of it. There were arancini, baked eggplant in a parmigiana sauce, tiger shrimp in a tomato sauce, an eggs and pasta combo, rigatoni in bolognese meat sauce, mixed salad greens, a variety of Italian cheeses, prosciutto, olives, and salumi.
The Downside: as always, it was very crowded. And as always, we were searched as we left.
The Upside: a chance to just roam around the stalls and select what we wanted in pursuit of whatever stories we were going to tell.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.


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