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Monday, May 9, 2016

The Event: Austrian Tasting Toronto

The Date and Time: Thursday April 14, 2016  Noon - 4PM
The Event: Austrian Tasting Toronto
The Venue: St James Cathedral Centre
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: as in previous years, most of the wines are private order, although some are available through the LCBO distribution channels.
The Quote/Background: It has been quite a few years since the last Austrian show (2012 in fact, since the opening of the Trump Hotel), so it was good to reconnect with these wines.
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines; there were 17 agencies involved plus a few tables of wineries seeking representation.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Angerer Kurt Donatus Riesling 2015, $34.95  B & W
-Brundlmayer Klassik Zobinger Heiligenstein 1OTW Riesling 2013, $48  HHD Imports
-Loimer Reserve Langenlois Steinmassl 1OTW Riesling 2013, $62.95  Le Sommelier
-Sattlerhof Kranachberg GSTK Sauvignon Blanc 2013, $62.95 Le Sommelier
-Salomon Undhof Reserve Pfaffenberg Metternich & Salomon 1OTW Riesling 2011, $74 Lamprecht
-Zantho TBA Scheurbe 2013, $35 375mL  Noteworthy
-Nikolaihof Wachau Steinriesler Riesling 2002, $79.95  Living Vine
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-R&A Pfaffl Reserve GV Hommage 2014, $75.44   AMV-Whiz Trading
-R&A Pfaffl Klassik Terrassen Sonnleiten Riesling 2015, $32.69   AMV-Whiz Trading
-Schloss Gobelsburg Klassik Domaene Gobelsburg Riesling 2015, $25.49  Artisanal
-Schloss Gobelsburg Reserve Gaisberg 1OTW Riesling 2014, $45.95  Artisanal
-Stadt Krems Klassik Steinterrassen Riesling 2015  B Cojocaru Agencies
-Stadt Krems Reserve Steiner Ried Grillenparz 1OTW Riesling 2014   B Cojocaru Agencies
-Rabl Klassik Langenlois Riesling 2015  David Thompson Vintage Trade
-Rabl Reserve Schenkenbicl Riesling 2014  David Thompson Vintage Trade
-Winzer Krems Reserve Kremser Pfaffenberg Riesling 2013, $25  Dionysus
-Szigeti Sekt Brut GV 2013, $19.95  HHD Imports
-Szigeti Sekt Blanc de Blancs Adele Brut Chardonnay NV, $24.95  HHD Imports
-Nigl Reserve Senftenberger Pellingen Privat 1OTW Riesling 2014, $78.95  Le Sommelier
-Sattlerhof Sudsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $24.95 Le Sommelier
-Sattlerhof Gamlitzer Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $31.95 Le Sommelier
-Sattlerhof Gamlitzer Weissburgunder 2015, $25.95 Le Sommelier
-Nikolaihof Wachau Smaragd Vom Stein Riesling 2012, $69.95  Living Vine
-Nikolaihof Wachau Steiner Hund Riesling 2012, $79.95  Living Vine
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Stift Klosterneuburg Klassik GV 2015, $18.60  Rare Earth
-Stift Klosterneuburg Hengsberg GV 2015, $19.60  Rare Earth
-Brundlmayer Klassik Kamptal Terrassen GV 2015, $29.95  HHD Imports
-Brundlmayer Klassik Kamptal Terrassen Riesling 2015, $29.95  HHD Imports
-Lenz Moser Fete Rose Blauer Zweigelt 2015, $13.95  HHD Imports
-Leopold Gerichtsthal Riesling 2014, $20.50  Lamprecht
-Nikolaihof Wachau Federspiel Vom Stein Riesling 2008, $79.95  Living Vine
The Food: from caterers we were treated to veggie rolls, Cheese Boutique cheeses, cold cuts, breads, salads, beef open-faced sandwiches, and assorted garnishes such as ground cherries.
The Downside: there was another tasting going on at the same time.
The Upside: a chance to reconnect with Austrian wines.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.


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