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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Event: Annual Wines of Chile Toronto tasting

The Date and Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2017   11:30AM to 4PM
The Event: Annual Wines of Chile Toronto tasting
The Venue: ROM
The Target Audience: wine trade, with consumers at night 7PM to 9:30
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available in various contexts, ranging from GL through Consignment and Private Orders. The catalogue had full details on ordering, including prices, contact names, and Ontario agent names.
The Quote/Background: I attended the seminar this year. There was a wrinkle: none of the wines were in the trade show itself. There used to be a focus table with these wines. Instead, there were focus tables just for sparkling wines (this was new in 2017), top wines for licensees, and small producers' table. I managed to get around to all of them: the seminar, the tables, and then dabbled in the trade show itself. The seminar was conducted by Patricio Tapia, author of "Descorchados". He was assisted from time to time by agents or principals who were seated at separated round tables with lucky members of the trade who snagged a seat at the seminar. My ratings from the tables and the seminar are folded into the lists below.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine at the show. Most prices below are retail.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Morande Extra Brut NV Casablanca $30  Majestic
-Morande Extra Brut K.O. Secano Interior $23.95   Majestic
-Valdivieso Brut Charmat NV $12.99  Wine Lovers
-Anakena Ona Special Reserve Red Blend Cachapoal 2015 $19.95  Accolade Wines
-Aresti Family Collection Assemblage Curico 2012 $29.95 Southern Glazer's
-Caliterra Edicion Limitada M Colchagua 2015 $21.95  LCBO
-Caliterra Cenit Colchagua 2014 $21.95  Churchill Cellars
-Carmen Winemaker's Red Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2014 $29.95 Select Wines
-Carmen Gold Reserve Maipo 2013 $59.95 Select Wines
-Casa Silva Romano 1912 Vines Colchagua 2015 $27.90  Churchill Cellars
-Concha y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon Pirque 2014 $34.95  LCB0
-Emiliana Metodo Tradicional Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Casablanca Brut $17.95  PMA
-Errazuriz Don Maximiano 2014 Aconcagua $84.95 LCBO
-Perez Cruz Pircas de Liguai Single Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Andes 2013 $29.95
-San Esteban In Situ QV Blend Aconcagua 2014 $54.95  MCO
-San Esteban In Situ Laguna del Inca Blend Aconcagua $32.95
-San Esteban In Situ Signature Chardonnay/Viognier 2016 Aconcagua $17.95 LCBO
-Santa Carolina VSC 2012 Cachapoal $39.95   LCBO
-Santa Carolina Herencia 2010 Peumo  $69.95   Charton Hobbs
-Siegel Family Ketran 2013 Colchagua $80     JCipelli
-Valdivieso Caballo Loco Grand Cru Maipo $39.99  Wine Lovers
-Ventisquero Tara Chardonnay Atacama $47.95   LCBO
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Santa Ema Sparkling NV Leyda $34.95   ROUST
-Valdivieso Extra Brut TM NV $19.99  Wine Lovers
-Siegel Unique Selection 2013 Colchagua $39.95   JCipelli
-Ventisquero Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2012 $79.95  Univins
-Veramonte Ritual Chardonnay Casablanca $18.95  LCBO
-Veramonte Neyen Apalta 2012   $49.95   Epic Wines
-Arboleda Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa 2016  $19.95 LCBO
-Casa Silva Lago Ranco Sauvignon Blanc Otorno 2016 $27.95  Churchill Cellars
-Carmen Do Quijada #1 Semillon Colchagua 2016 Select Wines
-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2015 $22.95  LCB0
-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay Limari 2015 $19.95  LCB0
-Emiliana GE Syrah/Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2013 $79.95  PMA
-Emiliana Signos de Origen La Vanilla 2016 Casablanca $20  PMA
-Caliterra Tributo Petreo Colchagua 2015   Churchill Cellars
-Valdivieso Eclat Vigno 2010 Maule $34.95   Wine Lovers
-Santa Rita Bougainville Maipo 2012 EJ Gallo
-De Martino Legado Reserve Chardonnay Limari 2015 $21.35
-Errazuriz Max Reserva 2015 $20.09 Licensee LCBO
-Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2015   $17.81 LCBO Licensee
-Montgras Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2014  $22.95  LCBO
-Montgras Ninquen Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Colchagua 2014  $29.95  LCBO
-San Esteban In Situ Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Aconcagua $22.95    LCBO
The Food: empanadas (of course: beef, chicken, veggie), charcuterie and cheese boards, dips and breads.
The Downside: as with many trade shows these days, too many wines to taste in one go.
The Upside: I was grateful to be able to taste the seminar wines while seated, with enough time to write notes.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91

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