The Date and Time: March 1, 2018 6:30PM - 10PM
The Event: Wine tasting dinner with Michelle Schromm, Global Brand Ambassador for Paul Hobbs and his Vina Cobos (Argentina) wines. Vina Cobos is repped here in Ontario by Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants.
The Venue: The ONE Restaurant, Neil Young Room
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: the wines have been available from time to time in Ontario
The Quote/Background: The voluble Ms. Schromm spoke enthusiastically about Argentine wines in general, and, of course, Vina Cobos in particular. Cobos Malbec was first harvested in 1999; Paul Hobbs was a founding partner and winemaker. He now also consults globally at over 30 wineries including Canada. One of his new major projects is Crocus in Cahors where he has planted Malbec vines.
The Wines: Some of the wines were introduced as far back as 2014, and have managed to retain their CSPCs. And initial prices have held steady.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2016 Mendoza +119099 $19.95 April 28 Vintages
-Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Mendoza +132365 $19.95 Vintages
-Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec Valle de Uco 2014 [4 different vyds] +123729 $44.95 Vintages
-Vina Cobos Bramare Zingaretti Vineyard Malbec 2013 $119.95 unavailable at LCBO now
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2016 Mendoza +118067 $19.95 Aug 18 Vintages
The Food: the menu included an amuse (chilled lobster salad) which went very well with the Chardonnay. The app was a grilled prawn and chorizo with black bean croquette, a good match for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The three Malbecs were tasted against the Wagyu sirloin cap, and then against the 12-layered dark chocolate cake. Everything was appropriate and well-chosen.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89