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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Event: GO Wine! AMV – Whiz Trading Portfolio at George

The Date and Time:  Tuesday, August 22, 2017     Noon to 4PM
The Event: GO Wine! AMV – Whiz Trading Portfolio
The Venue: George
The Target Audience: writers, sommeliers, clients
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available, most are at LCBO online
The Quote/Background: It is a wide-ranging and diverse catalogue full of hidden gems. There was a spreadsheet order form plus some comprehensive notes that saved asking many questions.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine or beer (there were over 55 of them in the portfolio). Prices are retail. Wines were by the case of 6 or 12, but not both.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Delouvin-Bagnost +385369    Brut Tradition  $44.95 MY FAVE OF THE DAY
-Chateau de St. Martin Provence +367051 2016 Rose& Roll IGP Mediterranee Rose $19.30
-Ch St Martin Cuvee Grande Reserve AOP Cotes de Provence Rose  $26.75
-Ch St Martin Cuvee Grande Reserve AOP Cotes de Provence Rose [Bouteille Provencale] $27.95
-Domaine du Bois de St. Jean    +437178 2013 La Ballade des Angles Vacqueyras  $21.75
-Cellier des Chartreux +366988 2014 D. Hautes Roches AOP Cru Tavel Rose $20.65
-Bodegas Arrocal +262864 2015 Regina Viarum Ribera del Duero  $24.20
-Bodegas Arrocal +246776 2012-ARROCAL PASSION Ribera el Duero  $25.50
-Parras Vinhos Lisboa +258250  2015 Casa das Gaeiras White $16.90
+379551 2013 Trecciano Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva – Terra Rossa DOCG $26.35
+308832 2013 Tenuta di Trecciano Daniello IGT Supertuscan  $38.50
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Gapsted Wines Alpine Valley Victoria +350495 2013 Tobacco Road Shiraz $18.35
-PFAFFL Weinviertel) +235696    2016-HAIDVIERTEL – GR.VELTLINER $23.50
-Chateau Cantenac    +379387 2014 Selection Madame - St. Emilion Grand Cru     $32.00
+379395 2014 Chateau Moulin de Grenet - Lussac St. Emilion $21.40
-Chateau Camille Gaucheraud    +369487 2010  Rouge Merlot  $19.05
+369511 2015 Chateau Camille Gaucheraud Tradition Sauvignon    Blanc  $16.85
-Domaine des Nugues 2016 Beaujolais Villages Blanc $22.15
-Domaine des Nugues +364942    2013 Fleurie  $26.05
-Domaine Pascal Gibault +364884 2016 P. Gibault Sauvignon Blanc Touraine $19.65
-Chateau de St. Martin  Cuvee No. 2 de St Martin AOP Cotes de Provence Rose $20.65
-Ch St Martin AOP Cotes de Provence Rose Cuvee Eternelle Favorite    $30.30
-La Belle Collection +419803 2016 Colette AOP Cotes de Provence Rose      $21.90
-Domaine de la Sabatiere +366913 2015 Seraphine AOP Cotes du Rhone White  $18.55
-Dom. de la Sabatiere +366939    2015 Sabatine AOP Cotes du Rhone Red  $20.60
-HGA Bodegas Rias Baixas +262997 2015 Altos de Torona O Rosal [white] $25.95
-HGA Bodegas Rias Baixas +263003 2015 Bodegas Altos de Torona Albarino $22.70
-Bodegas Arrocal Ribera del Duero +246768    2014 Arrocal  $19.30
-Parras Vinhos Lisboa +258250     2015 Casa das Gaeiras White $16.90
-Wine With Spirit S.A.  Tejo  +341130 2015-Bastardo Red $17.85
-Parras Vinhos Lisboa +258300    2015 Castelo do Sulco White $14.65
-Cantalici +313998 2012 Baruffo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG $35.00
-Gruppo Cevico Emilia Romagna +314251 2015 Tere Cevico Rebola Colli Rimini DOC $13.45
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Domaine des Nugues +364967    2015 Beaujolais Villages Red    $19.10
-HGA Bodegas Rias Baixas +263011 2015 Pazo de Villarei $21.85
-Wine with Spirit S.A. Tejo +341189    2015 Bread & Cheese Red $17.85
The beers I saved for last, as palate cleansers on my way out into the damp humid midday sun. GO has Highlander Brew Co. from South River, ON, available as kegs and as two-fours in line priced uniformed label cans ($78 for 24 cans). Of the six varieties, I best enjoyed Rye Road Pale Ale (46 IBU, rated 92) followed by Lion Grass Ale (37 IBU, 90 points), Scottish Ale (34 IBU, 89 points) and Blacksmith Smoked Porter (27 IBU, 89 points). Buckshot Lager (22 IBU) and Happy Landing Light Ale (22 IBU) were also available. 
The Food: cheese platters, breads, fruits
The Downside: I was rushed, coming from another function, and I needed time to chill down from the outside humidity. So it took awhile to get my bearings.
The Upside: good quality wines and good notes and pricing information.
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90


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