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More Wines of IVSA March 21st

March 30, 2010

The week before IVSA, Alejandro Salinas of Marful Consultants told me about some Garagiste wines from Chile they are importing. So I was curious to taste these new products. Finally, on the evening of the 21st at the Four Seasons Alejandro poured the Polkura 2006 Syrah from the Colchagua Valley. I had to concur with Alejandro’s comments: the Polkura deserves all the recent scores garnered left, right and center. 90 Parker points, 90 Wine Spectator, Gold Medal at Syrah du Monde 2008. Decidedly Languedoc-ish in style (must be the dash of Mourvedre and Grenache Noir), smoky and full flavored, plus a very attractive, classic packaging, this Syrah rivals that other Chilean delicious Syrah, the Montes Alpha. The Polkura will retail in Vancouver at around $29. Don’t miss it. 

Robert Smith of Wine Quest was pouring the increasingly popular Scurati Sicilia Rosso IGT 2007. I already lauded this product but there’s always better things to say about it. This unoaked Nero d’Avola is all about being jammy, plump, intense and satisfying. I am sure Vancouver wine enthusiasts will learn to love Nero d’Avola through this rendition. 24 dollars well spent. When Robert poured me a sip of the Brunello di Montalcino Col d’Orcia (a 2003, 92 Parker pointer) he knew I would love it. He asked me, however, for my thoughts on a market for this wine in the 375ml format (32 dollars). I totally believe people will snatch this one. The demi-bouteille market is decidedly full of room for growth. The nose on this wine is so densely packed with aromas of ripe fruit and tobacco and mineral that one might forget to drink it. On the palate, outstanding balance in the medium plus body and great staying power. 

Enoteca Bacco didn’t have the delicious –and rare- Vigna Pedale Nero di Troia on this edition. Where can you buy this wine? I must find out for the benefit of the reader. Instead, signore Bellantoni poured me some Chateau Mourgues du Gres, the 2008 Costieres de Nimes Les Galets Rouges. 92 Parker points for this 20 dollar bottle don’t come across as an exaggeration at all. One of my favorite reds of the night, seething with the spicy waft and red fruit marmalade of a well achieved Syrah-Grenache blend. All the charm of the appellation plus an Argentinian sweetness in the tannins. 

David Herman Wine & Spirits Merchants’ booth was pretty busy and with all good reason. They were serving the Benegas 2006 Luna Cabernet Sauvignon ($19) and the Benegas Don Tiburcio blend ($22), both hailing from Mendoza. The former confirms previous assessments with its ripe dark fruit, sweet tannin and juicy, peppery full-bodiness. The blend, a passé-touts-graines sort of mélange that includes Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon was a surprise indeed, a very well balanced, smooth blend. These two I knew from before but the surprise was the Paradou Viognier and the Paradou Syrah-Grenache. From Cotes du Ventoux and both at 14.99, these are the little siblings of the well established Pesquie (Les Terraces and Quintessence) line of products. At this price they deliver all the quality you would expect from such a competent winery.  

 Sabrina Hira, of Appellation Wine Marketing briefed me on a set of newcomers to Vancouver, the Decero wines from Mendoza. The fairly recent winery has been making waves from the start and the wines tasted here did not disappoint. The Decero Malbec 2008  ($25.99) keeps in line with the plummy, juicy, slightly rustic style that comes to mind when you think of a good drop to push down barbequed steak, lamb and sausages. An “asado” wine. At the same price, I enjoyed the Decero Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, which starts with a breeze of dark fruit and eucalyptus globulus. Rich and satisfying, I see a good future for this CabSav in Vancouver. The Mini Edicion Petit Verdot was the darling at this booth, a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec. Intense color and fragrant eucalyptus on the nose, medium body and dark fruited closing with a barrage of fine tannins falling on the palate like hail. Not everybody’s cup of tea (??) but surely will have a legion of loyal followers.

 The last Malbec of the night hails not from Argentina but from Australia and it is brought to Vancouver by International Cellars. The Bleasdale Second Innings  Malbec ($16) pleases with its rich plummy fruit and sweet, smooth tannins. You will not miss your Argentinian Malbec if you go for this one. From the Upper Galilee, where vineyards now thrive where decades ago tanks exchanged fire, Galil Mountain brings its Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of sweet fruit seethe in the warm nose, followed by a pleasant medium body. This wine is Kosher, tasty and inexpensive: it will set you back only 17 dollars.



November 9: IVSA New Products Salon Today!

November 9, 2009

Well, the IVSA show is starting in…. one hour and five minutes. Lots of new sparkling wines for the coming season will be available for tasting, as well as still red & white and spiritis. I will be hunting for heavy whites and cold weather reds. See you there

Four Seasons Hotel (corner opposite the Vancouver Art Gallery, north east direction). New Products from over 60 agents. Setup at 12:30, Guests from 2PM – 5PM. No Minors.

IVSA New Product Salon, Sept. 21st. Vancouver

September 22, 2009

Import Vintners &; Spirits Association IVSA
New Product Salon
4 Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, September 21, 2009

This wine tasting show, put out by the Import Vintners and Spirits Association, was, like the previous ones, a success. A large selection of wines and spirits were poured, together with snacks. Importers, retailers, wine writers, aficionados, they all gathered at the Four Sesons Hotel. This event, which takes place every quarter, can’t be missed by those Vancouverites who love wine or those who want to get into the trade. Visit the IVSA website for details and be on their mailing list for the next event at:

On this occasion I tried several wines but focused on whites for good part of the show. Here what I found and what I recommend. Note that they are not in any particular order.

Shoofly 2007, Buzz Cut. Viognier, Riesling, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Semillon. South Australia. $19.99 Spec. Agent: Old Bridge Cellars. Excellent value. Think of the popular “Conundrum” blend, but 10 dollars less.
Poggio al Tesoro. Bolgheri “Solosole” IGT Vermentino. Toscana, Italy. $29.99. Excellent. Rich, deep and citrusy.
Prosecco Extra Dry. Villa Sandi. Italy. $22.95 Spec. Crisp, lemony, minerality. Highly recommended!Agent: Enoteca Bacco.
Verdicchio di Matelica, 2008. Vignetti del Cerro. “Belisario”. Verdicchio. $17.99. One of the stars of the night. Fresh, clean, crisp, every possible positive adjective for a white comes in here. Plus a great price. Agent: Enoteca Bacco.
Poggiobello. Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli 2007. $24.99. 91 pts Wine Spectator 31/08/08. Beautiful. If I only had had some Prosciutto I wouldn’t have left that table. Agent: Wine Quest.
Flying Kiwi, Sauvignon Blanc 2008. Marlborough, NZ. $15.95. A good effort to bring famed NZ Sauv Blanc with good quality at a lower price. Agent: Peacock & Martin.
Gerarado Fiorile Pinot Grigio 2008. Cesari Veneto, Italy. $17.99. Delicate floral nose, good acidity will make this a serious competitor in the under $20 PG class. Agent: Peacock & Martin.
Domaine de Grachie. 2008 Cote de Gascogne Blanc. France. $11.99 Spec. At this price this funky-nosed, mineral Sauvignon Blanc based wine should fly off the shelves. Agent: Liberty Merchant Company.
To be continued….