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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The September 24 Event: Profile Wine Group 2019 Portfolio Tasting

The Date and Time: Tuesday September 24 2019  2PM – 8:30PM
The Event: Profile Wine Group 2019 Portfolio Tasting
The Venue: Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place
The Target Audience: wine trade, media, private clients
The Availability/Catalogue: 57 wineries presented about 300 wines. All were available through the usual mechanisms of consignment, private orders, or the LCBO (as noted). Basic information included winery, name, vintage, availability channel, and price. The booklet was arranged by country and then by table within. Very convenient.
The Quote/Background: There was a special Vintages table with six recently released wines, while other LCBO products were scattered about the room. A map of all tables was provided in the booklet.
The Wines:  I did not taste every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Devaux Cuvee Augusta $50.99  PO
-Champagne Devaux Coeur des Bar Blanc de Noir $59.99 Consignment
-Champagne Devaux Grande Reserve $60.99 Consignment
-Champagne Devaux Cuvee D $65.99 PO
-Champagne Devaux Ultra D $69.99 PO
-Champagne Devaux D Rose $79.99 Consignment
-Chateau de Nages Vieilles Vignes White 2017 $19.95 Vintages November
-Domaine des Deux Roches Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2017 $42.99 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Viognier La Violette 2018 $19.99 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Cote Rotie La Divine 2016 $109.99 PO
-Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2013 $129.99 PO
-Pierre Sparr Cremant Brut Rose NV $19.95 Vintages
-Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi Maremma Toscana 2016 $124.99 Consignment
-Lungarotti L'U Umbria Rosso 2016 $19.99 Consignment
-Rocca delle Macie Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014 $119.99 PO
-Tenuta Rocca Chiara Chardonnay Langhe 2017  $28.99 Consignment
-Segura Viudas Cava Brut Organic  $18.99 PO
-Segura Viudas Cava Torre Galimany Gran Reserva 2014 $24.99 PO
-Argyle Brut 2015   $29.99   PO
-J Lohr Cuvee POM 2015 $95.99  PO
-Markham Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  $59.99  Consignment
-Miner Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $117.99 PO
-Miner The Oracle 2014  $139.99  Consignment
-Palmaz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  $229.99  PO
-Palmaz Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  $269.99  Consignment
-Peter Franus Coturo Napa Chardonnay 2015  $41.99  Consignment
-Peter Franus Brandlin Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  $99.99  Consignment
-Sbragia Home Ranch Chardonnay 2018  $34.99  PO
-Sbragia Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet 2014  $81.99 Consignment
-Somerston Priest Ranch Snake Oil 2016  $169.99  PO
-Textbook Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  $119.99  PO
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Palmaz Amalia Chardonnay 2016  $114.99  PO
-Miner Viognier 2017 $35.99 PO
-Miner Napa Chardonnay 2017 $44.99 Consignment
-Markham Napa Merlot 2016  $34.99  Consignment
-J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2017 $19.95 Vintages
-J Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2017 $34.95 Vintages
-Argyle Blanc de Noirs 2015  $53.99  PO
-Velenosi Reve Pecorino Offida 2017 $31.99 PO
-Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva 2011 $109.99 PO
-Bodega Garzon Reserva Albarino 2018 $21.95 Vintages
-La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino Riserva gli Angeli 2013 $139.99 Consignment
-Dandelion Honeypot of the Barossa Roussane 2017 $19.95 Vintages
-Dandelion Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2016 $89.99 PO
-Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $74.99 PO
-Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2016 $19.95 Vintages July 2020
-Textbook Napa Chardonnay 2017   $32.99  Consignment
-Textbook Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2016   $39.99  Consignment
The Food: Cibo pasta from the steam table, Barrocco coffee, Speducci salumni and cured meats, breads.
The Downside: I had just come from another rich wine portfolio tasting.
The Upside: another chance to speak with producers.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90


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