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Friday, July 3, 2015

The Event: Australia's First Families of Wine: speed dating fast-paced through Australia's wine history.

The Date and Time:  Tuesday, May 26, 2015   1:45 PM – 4 PM
The Event: Australia's First Families of Wine: speed dating fast-paced through Australia's wine history.
The Venue: AGO
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: everything was available through the LCBO distribution channels, although prices varied.
The Quote/Background: 11 multi-generational wine familes of Australia showed off the power of their wines through a variety of price ranges. The nighttime function, put on by Vintages, showed off four wines from each family, many available for ordering. We only had two wines to taste, at 3 minutes a wine (while listening to the winemaker/owner whose name was on the label).
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon New South Wales 2011, $29.95 (half) Vintages
-Tahbilk Museum Release Marsanne Victoria 2008, $24.95   Kylix
-Chareau Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 Victoria  N/A
-Tahbilk 1860 Vines Shiraz Victoria 2009, $164   Kylix
-Wakefield The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Clare Valley, $175   Profile
-Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2005 Barossa/Eden Valleys, $65  Classics July
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Brown Brothers Patricia Chardonnay 2010 Victoria $59.95    Vintage Trade
-Brown Brothers Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Victoria $79.95    Vintage Trade
-De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2014, $30  Dionysus
-Henschke Mount Edelstone 60th Anniversary Vintage 2012 Eden Valley, $188 B & W
-Henschke Hill of Grace 2005 Eden Valley, $850 B & W   Wines
-Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 2012, $80  Churchill
-Jim Barry The Armagh Shiraz 2006 Clare Valley, $270  Charton Hobbs
-McWilliam's Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 New South Wales, $29.95 Gallo
-Tahbilk Marsanne Victoria 2013, $17.95   Kylix
-Tyrrell's Wines Vat 47 Chardonnay Hunter Valley 2011   Mark Anthony
-Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley, $55   Profile
-Yalumba Viognier 2014 Eden Valley, $24.95  B & W Wines
-Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2012 Barossa, $69  B & W
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2013 McLaren Vale, $25    Churchill Cellars
-d'Arenberg The Ironstone Pressings 2016 McLaren Vale, $39    Churchill Cellars
-Howard Park Porongurup Riesling 2014  Churchill Cellars
-Jim Barry The Florita Riesling Clare Valley 2013, $50   Charton Hobbs
-McWilliam's Appellation Tumbarumba Chardonnay New South Wales 2013, $29.95 Vintages
-Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Semillon Hunter Valley 2010   Mark Anthony
-Yalumba Y Series Vermentino 2014, $14.95  B & W Wines
The Food: Italian salumi platter, cheeses, breads.
The Downside: it was my birthday, so I had to "work"
The Upside: a chance to taste some rare Oz wines with just a small crowd.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.

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