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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Event: 2017 Wines of British Columbia Toronto Trade Tasting

The Date and Time: Wednesday February 8, 2017  11AM to 3PM
The Event: 2017 Wines of British Columbia Toronto Trade Tasting
The Venue: Arcadian Loft
The Target Audience: wine media and sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: Twelve wineries participated, geared to an audience of mainly sommeliers but also wine writers.
The Quote/Background: Ten wines were poured at the seminar led by David Lawrason; the same wines were also in the show itself, along with about two dozen other wines.
The Wines: I was unable to taste all the wines.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Church & State Wines Lost Inhibitions Red Blend Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot 2015 N/A BC only  **BEST RED TODAY**
-Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99  HHD Imports  March 4 Vintages
-Dirty Laundry Cabernet Merlot 2014 $25.95  HHD Imports
-Joie Farm En Famille Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 $39.90
-Laughing Stock Portfolio Red Blend Merlot, CS, CF, Malbec, PV 2014 $54.95 Licensee Rogers
-Poplar Grove The Legacy Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 +353110 $52
-Sperling Vineyards Chardonnay Vision 2014 +378570 $32    **BEST WHITE TODAY**
-Cipes Brut NV Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc $24.90   N/A
-Cipes Blanc de Noir Pinot Noir Brut 2008 $32 N/A
-Cipes Ariel Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Brut 1998 $77 N/A
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2014 +208694 $33.95
-Church & State Wines Lost Inhibitions White Blend Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc 2015 N/A BC Only
-Burrowing Owl Merlot 2012 +585737 $40.95
-Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red Malbec, Merlot, CS, CF 2014 $36.95 Licensee Rogers
-Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris 2015 +137348 $44.25
-Burrowing Owl Malbec 2014 +284256 $44.25
-Moraine Estate Cliffhanger Red Malbec and Merlot 2014 +464131 $24.95
-Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2016 +467555 $23.95
-Poplar Grove Syrah 2013 $44.95 Trialto
-St. Hubertus Riesling 2014 $17.95  Terroir
-Cipes Rose Brut NV Pinot Noir $26 N/A
-Therapy Vineyards Freud's Ego Merlot, Cab Sauv, Syrah, Cab Franc 2015 $24.95 Dionysus
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Joie Farm Pinot Noir 2014 $26.95
-Joie Farm A Noble Aromatic White Blend 2015 $24.95
-Mission Hill Chardonnay 2014 +281212 $15.95
The Food: It was a great idea – amuse bouche style food right in front of each pouring table – smoked fish crostini, pastrami and other meats on some kind of platform, chicken samosas, beef in choux paste. Kudos!
The Downside: I was at the dentist, so I could not make the seminar.
The Upside: a good chance to reconnect with BC VQA wines.
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.


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