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Monday, December 2, 2019

The Nov 18, 2019 Event: the Annual (19th) Sparkling Wine tasting by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.

The Date and Time: Monday, November 18, 2019  3PM to 7PM
The Event: the 19th Annual Sparkling Wine tasting by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.
The Venue: WWCC Clubhouse, Toronto
The Target Audience: members of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.
The Availability/Catalogue: The intent is to showcase to our members what wines would be available for the upcoming Holiday seasons. All of the 60 or so wines are available in Ontario through the usual distribution channels, including "consignment" or "Ontario winery only".
The Quote/Background: The WWCC has been holding this tasting every Fall in order to give its members a chance to taste what is in the marketplace for the upcoming Holiday Seasons (Thanksgiving through New Years and St. Valentine's Day) and to write about them. Writers would turn up over the course of a day for the walk-around and taste at their own speed. We the WWCC would like to thank our industry partners for the opportunity to sample these wines.
The Wines:  What follows are grape-based wines; the ratings here are MINE ALONE and NOT those of the WWCC group. Each writer rates or writes separately, and there is no cumulative total or averaged rating. This is not a judging competition. My own system divides all wines into three categories: BEST (91+ points), BETTER (88-90) and GOOD (85-87), usually the ranking range of Gold, Silver and Bronze in various wine shows. The wines are thus RANDOMLY listed within their categories. In general, where there is no LCBO CSPC, then the wine is at the winery and is available by private order.
The BEST VALUE wine (quality for money) is – 
Hungaria Grande Cuvee Brut    Brut    NV    $12.95    619288    Hungary    11%ABV
**** BEST -- Four Stars Rated by Dean Tudor (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Producer    Product Name    Vintage    Price      LCBO #     Country and/or Region    Grape Varieties    Alc.%
-13th Street Winery    Premier Cuvee    2013    $39.95    142679    Niagara    PN/C    13%           
=13th Street Winery    Grand Cuvee Blanc de Noir    2013    $59.95    361394        Creek Shores Niagara    PN/C    13     LCBO Classics            
-Gerard Bertrand    Thomas Jefferson Cremant de Limoux Rose    NV    $22.95    648618    France    Limoux    chardonnay, chenin, pinot noir    12%   
-Tawse Winery    Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling    2017    $20.95     370361    Canada    Niagara    Riesling    12%   
-Tawse Winery    Spark Blend    2016    $25.95     384966    Canada    Niagara    Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir    13%   
-Queenston Mile Vineyard Brut    2016    $50        Canada    Niagara    Chard/Pinot        Winery Only           
-Adamo Estate Winery    Blanc de Blanc Traditional Method    2016    $52        Canada    Niagara On the Lake    Chardonnay Musque      11%  Winery       
-Cave Spring Cellars    Blanc de Blancs Brut    NV    $29.95    213983    Canada    Niagara Escarpment    Chardonnay    12%    Vintages Essential
-Cave Spring Cellars     Riesling Brut    2017    $24.95    n/a    Canada    Beamsville Bench    100% Riesling    12%    Winery   
-Rosehall Run Vineyards    Stardust    2011    $49.95    Canada    Prince Edward County    Pinot Noir/Chardonnay    12.2%  Winery Direct/Online
-Henry of Pelham    Cuvee Catharine Estate Blanc de Blancs 'Carte Blanche'    2014    $49.95     315200    Canada    VQA Niagara Peninsula    Chardonnay    12.5%
-Henry of Pelham    Cuvee Catharine Brut    NV    $32.95     217521    Canada    VQA Niagara Peninsula    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir    12%
-Henry of Pelham    Cuvee Catharine Rose Brut    NV    $32.95     217505    Canada    VQA Niagara Peninsula    Pinot Noir, Chardonnay    12%
-Louis Bouillot    Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore    n/a    $21.95     48793    France    Burgundy    Pinot Noir/Gamay/Chardonnay    12%   
Louis Bouillot    Louis Bouillot Perle Noire    n/a    $16.95     464776    France    Vin de France    Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache     12%
-Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut Classique    NV    $74.99 (BC.AB)        Champagne            12%        Mark Anthony   
-Champagne Taittinger    Taittinger Brut Reserve    NV    $61.95     365312    France    Champagne    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier    12.5%   
-Rosehall Run Vineyards    Ceremony    NV    $34.95    N/A    Canada    Prince Edward County    Chardonnay    12.2%    Winery Direct/Online
-Gratien & Meyer    Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Blanc Brut    NV    $21.99 (BC)    N/A    France    Saumur    Cabernet Franc (15%), Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%), Chenin (5%)     12%    BC    VIWF February    Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits   
-Gratien & Meyer    Gratien & Meyer Cremant de Loire Rose    NV    $21.99 (BC)    N/A    France    Saumur    Cabernet Franc (15%), Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%), Chenin (5%)    12    BC    VIWF February    Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits   
-Lacheteau    Chateau de Montgueret Cremant de Loire Brut    NV    $19.95    217760    France    Loire Valley    Chenin, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc    11.5%
-Gruet Winery    Gruet Blanc de Blancs Sauvage    N/V    $28.95     689991    New Mexico    American    100% Chardonnay    12%    LCBO-Consignment    now     Southern Galzer's Wine & Spirits   
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Producer    Product Name    Vintage    Price      LCBO #     Country    Region    Grape Varieties    Alc.%
-Megalomaniac    Bubblehead Rose TM    2017    $34.95    363655 VQA Niagara Peninsula    Pinot Noir    12%
-Alvento Winery    Sparkling Rose    2018    $25.15    n/a    Canada    Niagara Peninsula    Pinot Noir, Rieslng, Muscat, Gewurztraminer    12.5%    Winery only   
-Hungaria Grande Cuvee Brut    Brut    NV    $12.95    619288    Hungary11.5%   
-Flat Rock    Riddled Sparkling TM 2017  $34.95  383315  VQA Twenty Mile Bench Chardonnay 12.5%
-Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery    Sparkling Riesling    2018    $24.95    N/A    Canada    Niagara    Riesling    9%    
-Queenston Mile Vineyard    Mile High    2017    $35        Canada    Niagara    Chardonnay    12.5%     Winery Only           
-Queenston Mile Vineyard    Mile High Rose    2018    $35     Canada    Niagara    Pinot Noir   12.5%        Winery Only           
-Pierre Sparr    Cremant D'Alsace Brut Reserve    NV    $18.95    388603 France    Alsace     80% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Auxerrois    12.5%
-Pierre Sparr    Cremant D'Alsace Brut Rose    NV    $19.95    39016    France    Alsace    Pinot Noir    12.5%
-13th Street Winery    Gamay MT Blanc de Noir    2017    $34.95 Creek Shores Niagara    Gamay    12.5%     Winery Direct/Online           
-13th Street Winery    Blanc de Blanc MT    2017    $29.95    Creek Shores Niagara    CHARDONNAY    12.5%    Winery Direct/Online           
13th Street Winery    Cuvee Rose MT    NV    $29.95    147504    Niagara        12.5% Vintages Essentials           
-PondView Estate Winery Ltd    Bella Terra Blanc de Blanc    2016    $34.95    n/a    Canada    Niagara Peninsula    Chardonnay    12%    Winery
-Cono Sur    Sparkling Rosé    NV    $13.95    365205    Chile    Bìo Bìo Valley    100% Pinot Noir    12.5%
-Gruet Winery    Gruet Brut    N/V    $24.95     560291    New Mexico    American    75% Chardonnay/25% PN    12%    LCBO-Consignment    now    Southern Galzer's Wine & Spirts   
-Jackson-Triggs Winery    Jackson-Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Brut    2015    $29.95    234161    Canada    Niagara on the Lake    Chardonnay and Pinot Noir    12.50%    LCBO, Wine Rack (Arterra)   
-Two Sisters Vineyards    Lush Sparkling Rose    NV    $53.80    Ontario    Niagara Peninusla     PinotNoir/Chardonnay/CabFr    12.50    WINERY           
-Two Sisters Vineyards    Blanc de Franc    2016    $61.80    Ontario    Niagara River    CabFranc    12.50%    WINERY           
-Pares Balta    Brut Cava    NV    $17.95    650648    Spain            12%
-Honsberger    Brut    2015    $32.00    Ontario    VQA Niagara Peninsula    WINERY           
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Producer    Product Name    Vintage    Price     LCBO #     Country    Region    Grape Varieties    Alc.%
-Megalomaniac    Sparkling Personality Charmat        $19.95    469007        VQA Niagara Peninsula    RIESLING    9.6%
-Pelee Island Winery    Bella    2018    11597     Ontario VQA    auxerrois, pinot noir    12%
-Colio Estate Wines    Lily Sparkling         $17.95     418657    Canada    VQA Ontario    100% Riesling    12%   
-Colio Estate Wines    Lily Sparkling Rosé        $17.95     536565    Canada    VQA Ontario    90% Riesling 10% Cabernet Franc    12%
-Schmitt Sohne    RELAX Bubble    N/V    $13.95    488593    Germany    German Cuvee    Blend    11%
-Astoria    Astoria Prosecco    NV     $15.70     593855    Italy    Veneto    Glera    11%
-Adamo Estate Winery    Spark'l Charmat Method    2018    $18.05        Canada    Ontario    Chardonnay Musque    11.5% Winery
-Rosehall Run Vineyards    Pixie    NV    $19.95    492959    Canada    VQA Ontario    Vidal    11.7%
-FIOL    FIOL Prosecco DOC    n/a    $16.25     394577    Italy    Veneto    Glera    11%
-ANGELS GATE WINERY    SHINE    TM 2017 $19.95  VQA Niagara    MUSCAT    11%    WINERY
-Mionetto Prestige Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut    Brut    NV    $16.95    483339    Veneto 11%
-Henkell Trocken    Trocken    NV    $14.95    122689    Germany 11%
-Henkell Rose    Rose    NV    $14.95    203125    Germany    11%       
-Creekside Estate Winery    Backyard Bubbly    2018    $30    398628    Canada    Niagara    Sauvignon Blanc    13.5%
-Segura Viudas    Brut Reserva Cava     NV    $15.95    216960    Spain    Penedes    50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo    12%
-Villa Sandi    Prosecco Il Fresco DOC, Treviso    NV    $15.95    394387    Italy    Treviso    Glera    11%   
-Villa Sandi     Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry    NV    $20.95    Italy    Treviso    Glera    11%    Consignment    Profile Wine Group
-PondView Estate Winery Ltd    Bella Terra Sparkling Brut    2018    $24.95    n/a    Canada    Ontario    Vidal Blanc     12%   
-Between the Lines    Outset Sparkling Vidal    NV    $4.65 [200mL cans]    493304    Ontario    [Niagara]    Vidal    10%       
The Food: breads, biscuits and water, almonds, olives, cheese.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95.


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