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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Event: The First Kolonaki Group Portfolio Tasting – trade show component April 11, 2018

The Date and Time: Wednesday, April 11 2018  11:30 AM – 3:30PM
The Event: The First Kolonaki Group Portfolio Tasting – trade show component
The Venue: The Addison's Residence, Wellington St West
The Target Audience: sommeliers and media, food and beverage managers
The Availability/Catalogue: Ontario Licensee Price List for April 2018 had all the products in convenient bottle shots, region, price, and availability (consignment, et al).
The Quote/Background: There were stations scattered through some small rooms, which gave us a sense of both coziness and convenience.
The Wines: There were over 50 different products (wines, beers, spirits). I only tried some of the wines. 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Luc Belaire Rose Brut Provence $38 +395384 June 9 Vintages
-Luc Belaire Gold Brut Burgundy $38 Consignment
-Argyros Estate Atlantis White Assyrtiko-Athiri-Aidani 2017 Santorini $20.95 Consignment
-Boutari 1879 Legacy 2007 $60 Consignment
-Domaine Karanika Brut Amydeon $32.95 Consignment
-Domaine Karanika Rose Brut Amydeon $32.95 Consignment
-Kir Yianni Akakies Rose Brut 2017 Amydeon $19.95 Consignment
-Kir Yianni Two Olives Xinomavro-Syrah-Merlot 2015 Imathia $32.95 Consignment
-Kir Yianni Diaporo Xinomavro 90% Syrah 10% 2013 Imathia $46.95 consignment
-Santo Santorini Grand Reserve Assyrtiko $44.95 consignment
-Thalia Syrah-Kotsifali Rose 2016 Crete $9.75 consignment
-Wine Art Estate Pink Bang 2017 [touriga nacional] $22.95 Consignment
-Eradus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Awatere $18.95 Vintages
-Ego Bodegas Goru Blend Chardonnay Muscat 2017 Jumilla $13.95 Vintages Fall 2018
-Ego Bodegas Goru Blend Monastrell-Syrah-Petit Verdot 2015 Jumilla $13.95 Vintages
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Eradus Ana Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Awatere 2017 $17.95 consignment
-Wine Art Estate Techni Alipias Assyrtiko Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Drama $19.95 Consign
-Wine Art Estate Plano Malagousia 2016 Drama $20.95 Consignment
-Santo Nykteri Santorini 2017 $29.95  Private Order
-Skouras St. Georges Nemea Agiorgitiko 2014 $18.95 consignment
-Skouras Armyra Chardonnay 2016 Peloponesse $21.95 consignment
-Skouras Megas Oenos Cabernet St.Georges 2014 Peloponesse $48.95 consignment
-Boutari Grand Reserve Naoussa-Xinomavro 2012 $24.95 Late spring 2018
-Argyros Estate Atlantis Assyrtiko 2016 Santorini $29.95 Consignment
-Argyros Estate Santorini 2016 $31.95 Consignment
-Domaine Mega Spileo Red Blend 2012 Acahaia $28.95 Consignment
-Domaine Mega Spileo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Acahaia $27.95 Vintages
The Food: charcuterie and cheeseboards, breads and biscuits, dried fruit, shrimp spoons, platter passarounds.
The Downside: unfortunately, Papaioannou wines (some of my faves) were not available for tasting.
The Upside: one of the last wines I had was based on a Portuguese grape variety, thus providing a fortuitous segue to my next tasting 20 minutes later...
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91


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