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Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Event: Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting 2019 Toronto

The Date and Time:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019   1 - 4PM
The Event: Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting 2019 Toronto
The Venue: The Great Hall, Queen St West
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: a smart looking booklet arranged by agent tables with a special one for the seminar wines (Sommelier Choices), with RRP prices and email addresses. Unfortunately, no pens were available...I loaned out one of mine, never got it back.
The Quote/Background: Thirty regions are repped here, with 250 wines available for tasting from 75 wineries. Wow...
The Wines:  I did not taste every wine. I folded in the seminar wine tastings. Prices are retail unless otherwise stated. Most of the wines are only available through the agent (as listed).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Henschke Giles Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2016 $80 Licensee Breakthru Beverage
-BK Wines Swaby Piccadilly Valley Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2016 $49.95
-Pewsey Vale The Contours Eden Valley Riesling 2004 Breakthru Beverage
-Tolpuddle Vineyard Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017 $75  Lifford
-Yangara High Sands McLaren Val Grenache 2015 $155  Breakthru Beverage
-Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2016 $49.99 Mark Anthony
-Clarendon Hills Domaine Clarendon BDX McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016 $79.95 Breakthru Beverage
-Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2016 $109.95 Alto Vino
-Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier $159.90 Alto Vino
-Domaine Naturaliste Artus Margaret River Chardonnay 2017 $69.95 Authentic
-Domaine Naturaliste Morus Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $89.95 Authentic
-Peter Lehmann Stonewall South Australia Barossa Valley Shiraz 2012 $90 P Dandurand
-Glaetzer Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 $84.95 Vine Agency
-Pepper Tree Estate Block 21A Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $64.95 Azureau
-Ten Minutes by Tractor Estate Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017 $53.95 Grape Brands
-Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2017 $79.95 Grape Brands
-DogRidge MVP McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $73.95 Licensee Le Sommelier 
-Voyager Estate Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $69.95 Rogers
-Golding Wines Rocco Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2014 $57.99 Noble Estates
-Golding Wines Francis John Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2014 $57.99 Noble Estates
-Pikes Wines Pike & Joyce Vue du Nord Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2017 $53.99  Noble Estate
-Artisan Tasmania Chardonnay 2017 $77.99  Noble Estates
-Artisan Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017 $77.99  Noble Estates
-Torbreck The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015 $164.99 Noble Estates
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Turkey Flat Vineyards Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 $59.95 Noble Estates
-Torbreck Hillside Vineyard Barossa Valley Grenache 2016 $106.99 Noble Estates
-Voyager Estate Margaret River Chardonnay 2016 $39.95 Rogers
-Voyager Estate Margaret River Shiraz 2015 $37.95 Rogers
-DogRidge MVP McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 $73. 5 Licensee Le Sommelier 
-RedHeads Wine Blue Belle Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 $27.15 Select Wines
-Tyrrell's Wines Winemaker's Selection Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 $61.95 Select
-Tyrrell's Wines HVD Single Vineyard Hunter Valley Semillon 2013 $42.95 Select
-Tyrrell's Wines Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2013 $61.95 Select
-Wakefield St Andrews Clare Valley Margaret River Chardonnay 2016 $34.95 Profile
-Glaetzer Wallace Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache 2016 $33.95 Vine Agency
-Soumah of Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018 $27.95 Gradwell
-Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz 2016 $54.99 Lifford
-Domaine Naturaliste Floris Margaret River Chardonnay 2017 $24.95 Authentic
-Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Riesling 2018 $45 Lifford
-Shaw + Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015 $45 Lifford
-Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017 $59.80 Alto Vino
-d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2014 $29.95 Churchill
-Brash Higgins CHN McLaren Vale Chenin Blanc 2017 $42.95  Living Vine
-Mac Forbes Coldstream Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015  $61.95 You Drink Wine
-Ten Minutes by Tractor Wallis Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2016 $79.95 Grape Brands
-Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay 2018 $36.95 Grape Brands
-Dodgy Bros Juxtaposed Old Vines McLaren Vale Grenache 2017 $41.95Licensee Le Sommelier
-Vasse Felix Heytesbury Margaret River Chardonnay 2017 $100Licensee Breathru Beverage
-Penfolds Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2016 $99.95 Mark Anthony
-Penfolds Bin 407 South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 $99.95 Mark Anthony
-Coldstream Hills Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017  $25.51 Mark Anthony
-Wolf Blass Black Label Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec 2012 $99.95 Mark Anthony
-Two Hands Bella's Garden Barossa Shiraz 2016 $61.95 Breakthru Beverage
-Clarendon Hills Astralis McLaren Vale Syrah 2014 $449.95  Breakthru Beverage
-Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock 2015 $99.95 Alto Vino
-Bindi Block 5 Pinot 2016 $152.85 Alto Vino
-Giant Steps Applejack Pinot 2017  $58.80 Alto Vino
-Kay's Block 6 2016 $103.70  Alto Vino
-Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2017  $54.75  Alto Vino
-By Farr Pinot Noir 2016 $100 Alto Vino
-Wirra Wirra RSW McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 $59.95 Michael Andrew Brands
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ochota Barrels Green Room McLaren Vale Grenache Syrah 2017 $46.95  Living Vine
-Irrewarra Pinot 2016  $71.15 Alto Vino
The Food: cheese boards and charcuterie boards from Cheese Boutique, along with breads and crackers. Plus four kinds of sliders: veggie, chicken, roast beef, and ham/cheese.
The Downside: The place was packed! still, there was lots of room to manoeuvre about because there was space between tables. One major drawback: it was terribly dark upstairs and terribly bright downstairs, thus hard to read the catalogue.
The Upside: a really great opportunity to see where Oz wines are today.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91

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