The Date and Time: Thursday April 4, 2019 2PM to 6 PM
The Event: Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting
The Venue: Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Queens Quay East
The Target Audience: media, trade, sommeliers, et al
The Availability/Catalogue: About 300 wines were poured, from 30 wineries (many looking for agents). Very few wines are actually landed here in Ontario.
The Quote/Background: The crowds were nicely spread out through the show, so it was just a matter of weaving in and out. Without a catalogue it was awkward for many tasters to get full particulars. Prices and availability were vague. I downloaded the program and printed off the catalogue portion: there were blank spaces where names of agents should have been.
The Wines: I only tasted selected red and white table wines; my time did not permit rose, ports and sparklers, and other assorted goodies. Prices were speculative.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quiz Wines & Spirits Piano DOC Reserva Red 2017 Airen
-Quiz Wines & Spirits Piano DOC Reserva White 2017 Airen
-Quinta Nova Pomares Moscatel Galego 2018 $19.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta Nova Mirabilis Grande Reserva 2017 $88.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta Nova Referencia Grande Reserva 2016 $114.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta da Lapa Reserva 2017 Branco United Stars
-Dona Maria Julio Bastos Amantis Reserva Branco Viognier 2015
-Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva 2014 Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2016 Majestic
-Quinta de Chocapalha Reserva White 2016 Von Terra
-Wine & Soul Pintas Character 2016 Tinto old vineyards Von Terra
-Sogrape Vinhos Casa Ferreirnha Planalto Reserva 2017 Branco Authentic W & S
-Santos & Seixo Santos da Casa Reserva Douro White 2017
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quiz Wines & Spirits Piano DOC White 2018 Airen
-Quiz Wines & Spirits Quintela Colheita White 2018 Airen
-Quinta Nova Pomares Branco 2018 $19.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta Nova Grainha Reserva Branco 2017 $32.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta Nova Grainha Reserva Tinto 2016 $32.95 Le Sommelier
-Quinta da Lapa Alvarinho 2018 United Stars
-Quinta da Lapa Nana 2018 Branco United Stars
-Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Branco 2018 The Vine Agency
-Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Maria Papolla Loureiro/Alvarinho 2018 The Vine Agency
-Jose Maria da Fonseca Periquita Branco 2017 P Dandurand
-J. Portugal Ramos Loios 2018 Branco Sylvestre
-Casa Santos Lima Passion of Portugal Reserva 2016 $10.95 Majestic
-Campolargo Branco 2016 Sercial Groupe Soleil
-Wine & Soul Guru 2017 Branco Von Terra
-Santos & Seixo Santos da Casa Reserva Alvarinho 2017
-Santa Vitoria Branco 2018
The Food: from Cyn's Catering – cold cuts, sausages (hot and spicy), cheeses, breads, sweet and savoury custards, hot cod croquettes, Portuguese empanadas of potatoes/seafood/beef, et al.
The Downside: I arrived two hours late, coming from a matinee concert. So I did not have sufficient time to taste as many wines as I had wanted to.
The Upside: there were some very fine wines in the show.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.