For the third year now, Churchill Cellars has been running its annual portfolio tasting in the Ed Mirvish Theatre on Yonge Street. The venue is impressive in that the lobby with its marble winding stairways lead to the second floor.
Invitees are welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine (Brut Reserva Segura Viudas from San Sadurni di Noya, Catalonia, Spain). The tables are arranged by county and region, culminating with the Ontario winery that the agency represents.
Most of the beverages in the tasting were general list and a number of Vintages products.
Churchill Cellars selects products that are priced for middle aged palates, and which represent good value.
I tasted approximately 95 per cent of all the brands and that my list reflects wines which represent good to excellent value.
Brut Reserva, Segura Viudas, Spain $ 14.45 General list
Sancerre, 2013, Guy Saget, Loire, France $ 23.95 General list
Prestige White, Cellier des Dauphins, Rhone Valley 250 ml $ 250ml
Pinto Gris, 2014, Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand $ 18.95 Vintages
Classic Riesling, 2014, Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand $ 18.95 Vintages
Pinot Grigio, 2014, Fracois Lurton, Argentina $ 12.95General List
Dunavar Pinot grigio, 2013, Hungary $ 8.95 General list
Rosado, 2014, Gran Feudo, Navarra, Spain $ 11.95 General list
Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Caliterra, Colchagua Valley, Chile $ 9.95 General list
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Gran Lurton, Mendoza, Argentina $ 24.95 Vintages
Rock Island Red, 2012, Washington State, U.S.A., $ 27.95 Vintages
Cabernet Franc, 2011, Sue-Ann Staff, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario $ 16.95
Premium Canadian Gin, Ungawa, Quebec $ 34.95 General list