The Date and Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1PM to 5PM
The Event: The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour, Toronto 2016.
The Venue: ROM
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are available through the LCBO, Consignment or private order. Once again, the New Zealand catalogue was a model, with great notes on the industry, styles of wine, contact pages, names of wines and prices, where available, etc.
The Quote/Background: Canada is now #4 in receiving exported Kiwi Savvy. We learned this, as well as differing terroirs, in the seminar which featured 17 wines. Those wines have been folded into the notes below.
The Wines: I did not taste all wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc Nelson 2015, $19.99 PO Small Winemakers
-Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2015, $38.95 Family Wine Merchants
-Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013, $39.95 PO Connexion Oenophilia
-Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $19.95 +450668 Vintages
-Pasquale Pinot Noir Waitaki Central Otago 2012, $49 Trilogy
-Wither Hills Pinot Noir Marlborough 2012, $34.95 Select
-te Pa Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014, $24.95 PO Family Wine Merchants
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Waipara Valley 2013, $32 Woodman
-Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay 2014, $33.95 PO Lifford
-Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $21.95 Vinexx
-Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Waihopai, $21.95 PO Charton Hobbs
-Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $29.95 P. Dandurand
-Stoneleigh Wild Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Wild Ferment, $18.95 Corby
-Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013, $23.95 PO Charton Hobbs
-Forrest Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013, $25.95 Abcon
-Pasquale Chardonnay Waitaki Central Otago 2012, $39 Trilogy
-Wither Hills Rarangi Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $24.95 Select
-Squealing Pig Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014, $24.95 +427211 Vintages
-Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Central Otago 2013, $23.95 Mondia Alliance
-Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014, $24.75 +66803 Vintages
-Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $24.95 +912337 Vintages Sept 3/16
-Sacred Hill Orange Label Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014, $21.95 Family Wine Merchants
-Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013, $24.95 +734681 Vintages
-Spy Valley ENVOY Johnson Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014,$29.95 +429308 VCat
-te Pa Oke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, $24.95 PO Family Wine Merchants
-Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke's Bay 2014, $29.95 PO P Dandurand
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Villa Maria Private Bin Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $17.95 +429969 GL
-Forrest The Doctors' Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 [Low Al] Abcon
-Whitehaven Greg Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Awatere, $24.95 E & J Gallo
-Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 Awatere, $24.95 Trialto
-Tiki Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Upper Wairau, $16.95 PO Churchill Cellars
-Saint Clair Wairu Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015, PO PMA Canada
-Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah Hawke's Bay 2015, $22.95 PO EPIC Wines
The Food: from the ubiquitous Daniel et Daniel – charcuterie plates with smoked duck breast; international cheeses; breads; veggies; sandwich quarters [tea?], pate and terrines.
The Downside: there seemed to be a lighter attendance than in previous years.
The Upside: a good seminar presentation.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.