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Monday, June 24, 2019

The June 7 Event: Chalk, Slate, Gravel mini-portfolio tasting of ciders and some wines.

The Date and Time: Friday June 7, 2019   1PM to 3PM
The Event: Chalk, Slate, Gravel mini-portfolio tasting of ciders and some wines.
The Venue: Archive
The Target Audience: sommeliers, wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all product is available through Joel Thompson of Chalk, Slate, Gravel.
The Quote/Background: It was a mix of ciders (apple, pear, flavoured), wines, and spirits [Calvados, Gin]. I especially enjoyed the Poire Calvados Domfrontais at $90, the Hors d'Age Calvados Domfrontais at $150, and the 20 Year Old Calvados Domfrontais $205.
The Wines and Ciders: I did not try everything, there were 30+ samples available for tasting.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Comte Louis de Lauriston Pommeau de Normandie $39.95 Vintages
-Pacory Grim' de Poire $39.95  [fortified pear, my FAVE of the afternoon]
-Pacory Cidre Le Coustard 5.9% $15.50  [aged in used Calvados casks]
-Pacory Poire Vif et Petaillent 3.5%  $14.50
-Pacory Poire Domfront 5.4%  $15
-Pacory Poire Domfront L'Ideal 4.5%  $19.95
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Rudi 8% $15
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Sophie 5.7% $15
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Apfel-Cyder 4.5% $18.75   [organic]
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Birnen-Cyder 4%  [organic]
-Reisetbauer Sparkling Apple Wine 2013 7% $32  [2 years on lees]
-Goldkehl/Chen Apple and Pear Mostviertel Mostbirn 4.5%  $5.50   [vegan]
-WINE – Stairs 'n' Roses Riesling Feinherb 2017 Mosel $44.75
-WINE – Meyer-Fonne Pinot Noir Reserve 2017 Alsace  $29.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Theo Capelle Contenin Prestige Apple Cider 5.5% $19.95
-Comte Louis de Lauriston Cidre Bouche Brut 4.5% $13.50
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Franzi 7.6% $15
-Mohr-Sedal Austria Sissi 5.3% $15
-Goldkehl/Chen Apple 4.5%  $5.50   [vegan]
-WINE – Lingot Martin Cerdon Classic NV $26.50
-WINE – Meyer-Fonne Gewurztraminer Sporen Vieilles Vignes 2015 Alsace $63
-WINE – Stairs 'n' Roses Next Generation 2017 Mosel $37
The Food: bread, water
The Downside: I had just come from a huge LCBO Vintages tasting that morning.
The Upside: Cider is very refreshing.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89


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