The 19th Food and Wine Expo is almost a distant memory.
It attracted more than 19,000 visitors and by all standards was successful, but I must say that aisles were too narrow and congested. Most of the wine being poured was middle-of-the-road, $ 14.00 – 20.00 range, and there were too many foods compared to wines and several beer imported beer agencies were pouring their wares. Most of the beers were from Germany, Austria, Belgium, and a few English.
I attended the opening night called V I P attendance only, but found nothing extraordinary to remind me of V I P treatment.
I tasted the following wines
Limnio Red, 2010, Ktima Vourvoukeli, 89/100
Fiano d’Avelino, 2012, Luna Sicana 88/100
Roditis, 2012, Ktima Vourvoukeli 89é100
Punot Gris Calcaire, 2012, Zind-Humbrecht 92é100
La Cote dÀzur, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Les Caves Du Pre Cotes des Gascogne 87é100
This year’s featured winery was Wolf Blass, Australia and all the wines tasted, as they should – outstanding and were ready to drink.
Yellow Label Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre created to honour the 30th anniversary of the brand was outstanding, as were Gold Label Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Gold Label Adelaide Hills ShirazéViognier, Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignoné Shiraz, 2010; Platinum Label Shiraz 2008.
From its inception, Wolf Blass used its success in wine competitions as a measuring stick and marketing tool. Its founder, Wolf Blass used to say famously to his winemakers: `No medals, no job`.
The chief winemaker Chris Hatcher can secure in his job as he gained many gold and silver medals in this Food and Wine Expo.