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REPORT ON THE 16th ANNUAL TASTIN' FRANCE trade show, July 2023...

REPORT ON THE 16th ANNUAL TASTIN' FRANCE trade show, July 10, 2023...
The Date and Time: Monday July 10, 2023   11A - 4PM
The Event: Tastin' France: a B2B event with French wine producers seeking representation in Ontario, Quebec, and other provinces.
The Venue: Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel, One Blue Jays Way
The Target Audience: wine professionals, buyers, LCBO, some media, etc.
The Availability/Catalogue: Ten producers showed their wines in Toronto, with a total of some 80 samples. The catalogue had a full listing of the products, including grapes and percentages. As well, there were names and addresses for each company, production numbers, and a good description of each winery.
The Quote/Background: This was the 16th annual trade tasting roadshow in three cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver. Previous Toronto hotel sites have included the Park Plaza Hyatt and the Hotel Ochoa.
The Wines: I did not taste every wine.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Esterlin Blanc de Blancs Brut Eclat Champagne
-Champagne Esterlin Cleo Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne 2010  [my fave of the day]
-Champagne Esterlin Brut Nature Champagne 2009
-Champagne Esterlin Brut Eclat Champagne
-Be Bio Chardonnay 2022 IGP Pays d'Oc
-Domaine des Pierettes Eros Rose 2022 [gamay, chenin] Loire
-Cave de Ribeauville Cremant Brut Alsace NV [auxerrois, pinot blanc]
-Cave de Ribeauville Pinot Gris Collection 2022 Alsace
-Cave de Ribeauville Gewurztraminer Collection 2021 Alsace
-Claude Leblanc Pouilly-Fuisse 2020
-Claude Leblanc Pouilly-Fuisse 1er cru 2020
-Claude Leblanc Rully 1er cru blanc Les Marissous 2021
-Claude Leblanc Hautes-Cotes-de-Nuits 2020
-Claude Leblanc Santenay 2020
-Claude Leblanc Nuits-Saint-Georges 2019
-Hesiode Pierre Bourree et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Village 2018
-Hesiode Pierre Bourree et Fils Nuit-Saint-Georges Village 2020
-Hesiode Pierre Bourree et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Village 2018
-Fonoya Delta L'Homme Chardonnay 2022 IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert
-Le Cellier du Pic French Toast Rose 2022 IGP Pays d'Oc
-Be Bio Grenache Rose 2022 IGP Pays d'Oc
-Domaine du Vistre Mas du Vistre Blanc IGT Gard
-Vignobles Vellas Naughty Angel Viognier 2022 Languedoc
-Vignobles Vellas Les Silex Fumes Blanc 2022 IGP Saint Guilhem Le Desert
-Chateau Les Vergnes Blanc 2022 Bordeaux

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Champagne Esterlin Ex Solera Champagne NV
-Champagne Esterlin Pur Meunier Champagne NV
-Domaine des Pierettes Sen'S Sauvignon Blanc 2022 Touraine  [organic]
-Vignoble Demois L'ane Blanc 2020 Chinon
-Vignoble Demois L'ane Rose 2020 Chinon
-Cave de Ribeauville Riesling Collection Alsace 2020
-Claude Leblanc Saint-Veran 2022
-Hesiode Le Bois Braud Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie 2021 Loire
-Hesiode Laudacious Brut Nature NV Montlouis-sur-Loire
-Hesiode Pierre Bourree et Fils Auxey-Duresses Village 2016
-Domaine de Mayal Oplezir Rose 2022 Luberon
-Domaine de Mayal Cuvee Classique Blanc 2022 Luberon
-Domaine du Vistre Mas du Vistre Rose IGT Gard
-Vignobles Vellas Chai d'Oeuvre Sauvignon Blanc 2022 Languedoc
-Vignobles Vellas Mrs. Seafood 2021 Languedoc
-Vignobles Vellas Poison Rose 2022 Languedoc
-Vignobles Vellas Naturellement Pur Orange Wine 2021 Languedoc
-Chateau Les Vergnes Rose 2022 Bordeaux
-Univitis Grand Theatre Blanc 2022 Bordeaux
-Univitis Grand Theatre Rose 2022 Bordeaux

The Food: we were given disposable "Bento" boxes of charcuterie, fromages, grapes, nuts, and crackers. Plus unlimited coffee and tea.
The Downside: the Marriott was a bit awkward to get to via TTC since it had a separate entrance to the Rogers Centre. Also, inside there was an enormous walk to the extra-spacious and extra-high ballroom where the tasting was held. I felt a lot like Alice.
The Upside: a great opportunity to taste some fabulous wines from France that are not currently being listed at the LCBO.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.

Dean Tudor,  Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism
Treasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

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