The Date and Time: Monday, May 12, 2014 3Pm to 7PM
The Event: The 12th Annual Churchill Cellars Portfolio Tasting
The Venue: Ed Mirvish Theatre
The Target Audience: clients, subscribers to the Imbibers' Report, wine writers.
The Availability/Catalogue: just about everything is at the LCBO via the general list or Vintages. There is direct delivery for Sue-Ann State Estate Winery.
The Quote/Background: It was a garish location, but then that's the wine business – very elegant and stylish, very old style too.
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines, nor the mixed drinks.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-C.H. Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2011 Mosel
-First Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Willm Riesling Reserve 2012 Alsace
-Willm Gewurztraminer Reserve 2012 Alsace
-Fresita Sparkling Wine NV Chile
-Guy Saget Sancerre 2012
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Sassy and Sparkling Riesling 2011
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Sparkling & Icy 2011
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Viognier Riesling 2011
-Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008 Rioja
-Chivite Gran Feudo Reserva 2007 Navarra
-Fog Head Highlands Chardonnay 2011 Monterey
-Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2012 Livermore Valley
-Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Livermore Valley
-Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
-Deakin Estate Shiraz 2013 Victoria
-Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache 2011 McLaren Vale
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Weinhaus Ress Riesling Trocken 2012 Rheingau
-Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Valle Central Chile
-Veramonte Chardonnay 2013 Casablanca Valley Chile
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Pinot Grigio 2012
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Merlot 2010
-Sue-Ann Staff Estate Cabernet Franc 2010
The Food: hey – it seemed to be the same food platter from the Greek show (Cheese Boutique), plus some buns with meat.
The Downside: I had just come from the Greek show, so I was selective in tasting here.
The Upside: a good chance to taste the Ontario wines.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.