The Date and Time: Thursday, November 28, 2019 11AM – 12:30 PM
The Event: New to the Market: unique grapes, unique wines.
The Venue: Ovest Restaurant
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Quote/Background: Jay Whitely moderated a presentation of 7 producers who spoke about their wines. Most of these wines were already available in Quebec or BC or Alberta, but after the presentation we were all invited to join individual producers as they showcased other wines as possible additions to the Ontario market. So it became a mini-trade fair.
The Availability/Catalogue: nothing was available in Ontario – yet.
The Wines: I could not stay for the producer mini-trade shows.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cantina Toblino Largiller Nosiola Selezione Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2012 15E FOB
-Il Carpino Vis Uvae Venezie Giulia IGT 2016 [orange wine from pinot gris] 14.5E FOB
-Cantina Custoza Val dei Molini Corvina del Garda 2017 4.6 Euros FOB
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pra della Luna Brut Millesimato Prosecco DOC 2017 est 3 Euros FOB
-Cantina Vigna Dogarina Treviso Spumante Millessimato Prosecco DOC 2018 3.5 Euros FOB
-Villadoria Bricco Magno Langhe Rosso DOC 2016 5 Euros FOB
-Carminucci Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2016 4.5 Euros FOB
The Food: black pitted cured olives and crostini.
The Downside: the vagaries of the TTC made me a bit late.
The Upside: a chance to taste wines new to the Ontario market.
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86