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Saturday, November 16, 2019

The November 5 Event: Wines of Chile: Love Wine, Love Chile – trade show

The Date and Time: Tuesday November 5, 2019  12PM  - 5PM
The Event: Wines of Chile: Love Wine, Love Chile – trade show
The Venue: ROM
The Target Audience: wine trade and media
The Availability/Catalogue: large-sized bold print, spiral-bound, name of contact and Ontario sales agent, space for notes, arranged alphabetically. First rate production.
The Quote/Background: Signs were on the table with page numbers, very convenient. Some live music was playing but it was hard to hear above it – at that end of the room.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines, focusing on whites and higher-end reds.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2017 $21.95 +353086
-Cono Sur Sparkling Rose Bio Bio $13.95  +365205
-Cono Sur Buculeta Viognier $11.50  +64287
-Emiliana Sparkling TM Organic Casablanca $19.95  +536607
-Emiliana Ge Red Organic Colchagua 2015  $79.95
-Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc $19.95  +462614
-Errazuriz Aconcagua Don Maximiano $89.95  +501247
-Montes Alpha Chardonnay Casablanca 2017 $19.95   Profile
-Vina Santa Alicia Millantu 2017 Maipo $24.95  +469288
-Vina Santa Carolina Herencia 2012 Peumo $69.95  Charton Hobbs
-Vina Santa Ema Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Leyda $17.95  +443507
-Vina Santa Ema Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2018 Leyda $17.95  +542365
-Vina Siegel Ketran 2014 Colchagua $99   Sylvestre
-Vina Siegel Unique Selection 2015 Colchagua $41.95  Sylvestre
-Vina Siegel Gran Reserva Viognier 2015 Colchagua $17.95  Sylvestre
-Valdivieso Caballo Loco Grand Cru Maipo 2015 $53.99  Wine Lovers Agency
-Vina Ventisquero Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Maipo $69.95   Univins
-Vinedos Veramonte Neyen de Apalta 2015 $60  +255976
-Hacienda Araucano Lurton Hamo Blanco 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Colchagua Lolol $19.95  Trajectory Beverage Partners
-Hacienda Araucano Lurton Clos de Lolol White Blend 2018 Colchagua Lolol $29.95  Trajectory Beverage Partners
-Vina I Wines Qu Chardonnay Curico 2018  $16.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Longavi Glup Chenin Blanc Marchique 2019  $24.95  The Case for Wine
-Montes Purple Angel 2017 Colchagua/Apalta $62.95 +62364
-Valdivieso Eclat Vigno Maule 2010 $33.99  Wine Lovers Agency
-Valdivieso Caballo Loco Grand Cru Limari Syrah 2015 $53.99  Wine Lovers Agency
-Valdivieso Caballo Loco Grand Cru Apalta Santa Cruz 2015 $53.99  Wine Lovers Agency
-Valdivieso Extra Brut TM Bio Bio/Itata $23.99  Wine Lovers Agency
-Vina Siegel Single Vineyard Carmenere 2015 Colchagua $25.95  Sylvestre
-Morande Adventure Vigno Old Vines Maule 2017 $26.95  +638445
-Morande Brut K.O. NV Maule/Casablanca $19.95
-Perez Cruz Rose Lingal 2019 Maipo Andes  Charton Hobbs
-Vina San Esteban In Situ Reserva Chardonnay 2018 Aconagua $14.95  +10765
-Vina San Esteban Laguna del Inca 2017 Aconagua $27.95 MCO 
-Montes Alpha Special Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2017 $24.95   Profile
-Aresti Family Collection Assemblage 2015 $39.95 L'Excellent Wines
-Calcu Winemaker's Selection 2014 Colchagua $35  Don Ackerman's W&S
-Vina Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Gris 2019 Colchagua $23.99  The Case for Wine
-Vina Casa Silva Quinta Generacion Red 2016 Colchagua $29.99  The Case for Wine
-Clos de Luz Massal 1945 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Rapel $21.95 +12675
-Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay 2018 $13.95  +230565
-Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay $19.95  P Dandurand
-Vina Las Ninas Mitica Red Blend 2017 Apalta $29.95  United Stars
-Vina Las Ninas Ella Chardonnay Organic 2017 Apalta $16.95  United Stars
-Montgras Amaral Sauvignon Blanc Leyda 2018 $16.95  Epic Wines and Spirits
-Montgras Antu Limited Syrah Leyda 2013 $24.95  Epic Wines and Spirits
The Food: two sets – baby empanadas with beef or chicken or cheese (the moist chicken was best) and the usual Daniel et Daniel charcuterie platters with smoked duck breast, meats, cheeses, pates, and the famous artichoke/parmesan dip.
The Downside: music was so loud that I had to shout at contacts (and they back at me) in over half the room at that end.
The Upside: a chance to taste some high end wines from Chile.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86


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