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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sept 13 - Wines of Brazil in Toronto
The Time and Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Event: an all-day wine show featuring "Wines of Brazil"
The Venue: Biagio Ristorante
The Target Audience: wine media and trade
The Availability/Catalogue: hardly anything in Ontario, although some agents do represent Brazilian wineries.
The Quote/Background: this is their third show in Toronto in five years. Almost 90% of wine production comes from Serra Gaucha, in that southern part of Brazil close to Uruguay. There are about 700 wineries in Brazil, but only around 40 seem to want to export through the Wines of Brasil association (www.winesofbrasil.com).
The Wines: Ten wineries showed their wines. We began with a seminar about the different Brazilian regions, and tasted some wines (below) that were in the show (prices indicated).
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Miolo Cuvee Giuseppe 2009 (merlot and cabernet sauvignon)
-Miolo Quinta do Seival 2008
-Pizzato Fausto Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
-Pizzato Merlot Reserva 2008
-Vinicola Salton Sauvignon Blanc Volpi 2011, $20 CAN
-Vinicola Salton Classic Tannat Reserva 2011
-Decima Boutiq Brasil Prosecco NV
-Decima Stellato Rose Brut NV
-Decima Cordon d'Or Meio DoceNV
-Decima Cordon d'Or Tannat 2009
The Food: the media had a luncheon, with other wines (listed above). It was a traditional Italian meal, beginning with bruschetta and apps (Aurora sparkler), funghi trifolati (sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese, phyllo pastry, served with Da'Divas Chardonnay), ravioli venison (but no wine), veal scaloppini (Pizzato DNA Merlot), and tiramisu (Boutiq NV Prosecco). The trade show had cheeses, breads, and fresh tropical fruits.
The Downside: more Brazilian wines are sold in Quebec than in Ontario.
The Upside: there was some active participation from the agents. Wine Guru has Aurora and Pizzato, HHD Imports had Casa Valduga, Halpern had Lidio Carraro, Wine World had Miolo, and Cipelli had Salton.