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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Event: The 6th annual Portfolio Tasting of Mark Anthony Wines & Spirits Oct 3

The Date and Time: Wednesday Oct 3 2018  1PM to 5PM
The Event: The 6th annual Portfolio Tasting of Mark Anthony Wines & Spirits
The Venue: Aperture Room, Dundas and Elm
The Target Audience: wine clients and sommeliers and media
The Availability/Catalogue: wines were available for purchase, some by consignment, others by private order, a few are at the LCBO too.
The Quote/Background: finally after six years Mark Anthony got the catalogue was something easy to hold and mark up, with space for notes.
The Wines: I did not try every wine. Prices are Licensee, order from Mark Anthony.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Lanson White Label NV Brut $66.49
-Champagne Lanson Black Label NV Brut $56.49
-Champagne Lanson Rose Label NV Brut $66.49
-Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru Rouge 2016 $196.89
-Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017 $50.99 PoW
-Brotte Domaine Barville Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2016 $56.99 PoW
-Chateau Cantin Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2015 $49.99 PoW
-Alain Brumont Chateau Montus La Tyre 2009 $135.27
-Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia Bolgheri DOC 2016 +606194  $64.75 retail
-Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia 2015 +414987 $99 retail
-Mission Hill Family Estate Perpetua Okanagan Valley 2013  $48.80
-Mission Hill Family Estate Compendium Okanagan Valley 2012  $57.81
-Stags' Leap Winery Viognier Napa 2016 +597369 $39.95 retail
-Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry Red Wine Napa 2013 $54.93
-Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014 +149955 $219.95 retail
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Maison Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne P100 Blanc de Noir NV $46.99
-Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran 2013 $33.76
-Alois Lageder Lowengang Chardonnay Alto Adige 2014 +473850 $71 retail
-Tenuta Sant'Antonio Campo dei Gigli Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2013 $80.81 PoW
-Luce della Vite La Vite Lucente Toscana IGT 2014 $30.38
-Luce della Vite Luce Toscana IGT 2015 +685264 $114.95 retail
-Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013 +120881 $119.95 retail
-Ornellaia Le Volte dell'Ornellaia Toscana IGT 2016 +964221 $29.95 retail
-Tormaresca Chardonnay Puglia IGT 2017 $16.03
-Bodegas Vivanco Coleccion Vivanco 4 Varietales Rioja DOCa 2016 $68.80   PoW
-Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz South Australia 2015 +309625 $99 retail
-Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altimira Vino Tinto Malbec Mendoza 2014  $135 PoW and LCBO 2019
-Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay Beamsville Bench 2016 $28.75 Direct Delivery
-Mission Hill Family Estate Quatrain Okanagan Valley 2013  $61.33
-Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus Okanagan Valley 2014  $135
-Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay Napa 2016 +655381 $39.95 retail
-Stags' Leap Winery Merlot Napa 2014 $45.75
-Etude Wines Grace Benoist Ranch Chardonnay Carneros Estate Napa 2015 $40
-Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2016 $69.99 PoW
The Food: when I got there at 3:30, all of the food was gone and none of it had been  replenished.
The Downside: I had a conflict with an earlier engagement; consequently, I did not try all the wines that I wanted to. Also, the room was exceptionally noisy – enough so that I ended up pointing to the wine I wanted poured into my glass.
The Upside:  great wines!
The Contact Person: or
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89

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