The Date and Time: Tuesday December 12 2017 3PM to 5PM
The Event: CGU Fine Wines holiday portfolio wine tasting
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve, King and Spadina
The Target Audience: licensees, private clients, wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: CGU specializes in Burgundy, Champagne and Germany; everything is available by the case of 6 or 12, but wines are on the water for mostly spring arrival.
The Quote/Background: It was a small tasting in a small room with a small crowd and small pours of half an ounce. And there was very little small talk. Just the way I like it. Taste, write notes, spit, move on....no chatter, no hard sell.
The Wines: All estimated prices are licensee.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weingut A. Christmann Pfalz biodynamic Gimmeldingen 2016 $32.33
-Jean Stodden The Rotweingut Ahr Hardtberg Spatburgunder GG 2015 $112.78
-Champagne Marguet Ambonnay Shaman 13 Grand Cru Brut Nature NV grower biodynamic $66.78
-Champagne Dhondt-Grellet Cote des Blancs Vieilles Vignes Selectionnees Millesime 2011 grower $83.30 -- ** MY FAVE OF THE TASTING **
-Champagne Benoit Dehu Fossoy Cuvee La Rue des Noyers Brut Nature 2014 grower biodynamic $121.09
-Domaine Labruyere Moulin-a-Vent Coeur de Terroirs 2014 $24.66
-Domaine Gerard Julien & Fils Cote de Nuits Villages 2014 $45.72
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weingut Peter Jakob Kuhn Rheingau biodynamic Jacobus Trocken 2016 $25.47
-Weingut A. Christmann Pfalz biodynamic Idig GG 2016 $90.54
-Jean Stodden The Rotweingut Ahr Spatburgunder 2015 $32.66
-Domaine Francois Mikulski Cremant de Bourgogne NV $27.83
-Champagne Marguet Ambonnay Rose Grand Cru Brut Nature 2012 grower biodynamic $94.58
-Domaine Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Aligote 2015 $27.93
-Domaine R & P Bouley Bourgogne Rouge 2015 $30.87
The Food: none.
The Downside: my subway train was delayed by "power off".
The Upside: I took the TTC scenic route above ground.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88.