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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Event: Tantalus Vineyards (Okanagan) portfolio tasting

The Date and Time: Wednesday, June 8, 2016  3PM to 7PM
The Event: Tantalus Vineyards (Okanagan) portfolio tasting
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: clients and wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available from the winery by private order through Hobbs & Co, but the Riesling 2015 can be had through Hobbs' consignment. Six bottle cases, including the icewine.
The Quote/Background: Winemaker/General Manager David Paterson presented his wines in a walk-around tasting highlighted by his knowledgeable insights and Margaret Hobbs' social graces. Tantalus overlooks Lake Okanagan and Kelowna. Originally founded as Pioneer Vineyards, the firm planted table grapes in 1927. It is the oldest continuously producing vineyard in BC. Today, Tantalus specializes in Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; the bottle labels alone are collector items.
The Wines:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tantalus Okanagan Blanc de Noirs 2013, $53
-Tantalus Okanagan Riesling 2015, $38 Consignment
-Tantalus Okanagan Pinot Noir 2013, $47
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tantalus Okanagan Old Vines Riesling 2013, $58  [38 year old vines]
-Tantalus Okanagan Chardonnay 2013, $47
-Tantalus Okanagan Syrah Icewine 2014, $103
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.

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