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Monday, March 26, 2012

March 19/21: Alvaro Palacios leads structured tasting at RCYC St. George

The Date and Time: Monday, March 19, 2012

The Event: A tutored tasting with Alvaro Palacios talking about 11 wines from all three Palacios properties in Spain.

The Venue: RCYC St. George Club House

The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers

The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines are available through private orders with the agent, Woodman Wines & Spirits Inc.

The Quote/Background: there was some talk about viura being the new chardonnay. In the main, Alvaro did a great job in explaining the terroir and the vinification processes over the course of 90 minutes.

The Wines:


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Palacios Remondo Rioja Propiedad 2008, $39 – My FAVE of the tasting

-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Les Terrasses 2010, $45

-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Las Lamas 2009, $116


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Gratallops 2010, $66 [2008 is in the May Classics Catalog, same price]

-Palacios Remondo Rioja La Montesa 2009, $21

-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Petalos del Bierzo 2010, $26

-Descendientes de J. Palacios Bierzo Villa de Corullon 2009, $49


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Camins del Priorat 2010, $26

-Alvaro Palacios Priorat Finca Dofi 2009, $90

-Palacios Remondo Rioja Placet 2009, $32  [white]

-Palacios Remondo Rioja La Vendimia 2011, $17 [red]


The Food: a light lunch of sliders with beef, whitefish, pizza, salad.

The Downside: it was very warm in the room.

The Upside: it was packed with well over 45 people.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.


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