The Date and Time: Thursday February 20, 2020 2PM to 4PM
The Event: Chinese Wine Master Class with Lenz Moser, winemaker and proprietor of Chateau Changyu Moser XV (Ningxia, China).
The Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Rosedale Room
The Target Audience: wine media, some sommeliers.
The Availability/Catalogue: We tasted four wines that are currently available in Toronto, including a rare blanc de noir from Cabernet Sauvignon (the only one in the world).
The Quote/Background: Lenz Moser talked about China and the modern Chinese wineries of today. Through maps and photos, he talked about his own personal experiences of making wine in China. He gave us excellent tech sheets on each of the wines.
The Wines: There are three levels, the entry-level Helan Mountain Range, the Moser Family, and the Grand Vin.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Changyu Moser XV Moser Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 +629989 LCBO Destinations Collection $59.20 [excellent finish]
-Chateau Changyu Moser XV Grand Vin Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 +629971 LCBO Destinations Collection $134.95 [very Cali in style with vanilla and cassis]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Changyu Moser XV Helan Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 +12462 LCBO Vintages $22.95 [no wood treatment, 12 – 18 year old vines]
-Chateau Changyu Moser XV Helan Mountain Range Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir 2018 +629997 LCBO Destinations Collection $25.20. [almost vermouth-like with grapefruit tones and slight bitterish finish]
The Food: cheese and charcuterie platters, nuts, dried fruit, breads, with platters of fresh veggie rice paper roll-ups, tuna sushi, duck confit on toast, sliders, and more.
The Downside: I thought that we would be trying more wines.
The Upside: A good opportunity to try wines from China, and from one producer.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90