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Ontario Wine Promotion Sept 14 - Oct 11 -- report of preview tasting

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This year's promotion features 173 products from more than 30 Ontario wineries. About 155 restaurants across Ontario will have their own Taste Local program with by-the-glass servings during this period.

There are 21 new Ontario VQA wines available, the wine media tasted most of them, plus some others from the Vintages and Essentials release.

I have no notes because the wines are pretty basic: they are what they are; the main question is affordability. (try putting a colon and a semi-colon into the same sentence...)

I hope that this is useful. I do not work for the LCBO, or for VQA or Ontario Wine Country.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peller Family Series Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2013, +371864, $11.95.
-- I really liked this one, great savvy character at a cheap price.

-Angels Gate Handsome Brut VQA sparkling, $24.95
--the only real sparkler, and nicely done.

-Norm Hardie County Pinot Noir 2012 VQA PEC, +125310 Vintages, $39
--better each year

-Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling Vinemount Ridge VQA 2011, +241182 Vintages, $35.20
--also better each year

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Colio Bricklayer's Predicament Cabernet Merlot VQA 2012, +371575, $14.95
-Vintage Ink Rite of Passage Chardonnay VQA 2012, +245712, $16.95
-Vintage Ink Mark of Passion Merlot-Cabernet VQA 2011, +250209, $17.95
-Inniskillin Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, +348979, $14.95
-Silver Ray Riesling Gewurztraminer VQA 2013, +372771, $13.95
-Peninsula Ridge Riesling VQA 2013, +387043, $12.95
-Featherstone Cab Franc 2012 VQA, +64618 Vintages $17.95
-The Foreign Affair Conspiracy Red 2012 VQA, +149237, $19.95 Vintages
-Hidden Bench Pinot Noir 2011 VQA, +274753, $32.95 Vintages
-Bricklayer's Reward Sauvignon Blanc 2013 VQA, Vintages +391466, $15.95
-Sprucewood Shores Chardonnay Unoaked Hawk's Flight 2013 VQA LENS, +391730, $16.95
-Tawse Grower's Blend Pinot Noir 2010 VQA, +1300989 Vintages, $24.95

*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sandbanks Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2012, +355974, $16.95
-Bricklayer's Predicament Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, +371567, $14.95
-Silver Bay Pinot Noir VQA 2013, +372789, $14.95
-Wayne Gretzky Estates Riesling VQA 2101, +144865, $13.95
-EastDell Estates Soaring White VQA 2013, +387431, $13.95
-Angels Gate Riesling VQA 2010, $13.95 +160523
-Open Smooth White VQA 2013, +387050, $11.95
-Scarlet Red Cabernet Franc VQA 2013, +387067, $14.95
-Pillitteri Canadian Gothic Chardonnay VQA 2012, $12.95
-Pillitteri Canadian Gothic Cabernet Merlot VQA 2011, $12.95
-Rockway Patio 9 White VQA 2013 sparkling, $12.95, +341693
--9% ABV
-Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2011 PEC VQA $21.95 +132928 Vintages
-13th Street Cabernet Merlot 2012, +56598, $19.95 Vintages

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