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Thursday, June 14, 2012

May 17 - Annual Portuguese wine show in Toronto

The Date and Time: Thursday May 17, 1:30 PM to 6 PM

The Event: Annual Grand Tasting of Wines of Portugal.

The Venue: AGO

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: nicely laid out catalogue with the range of 200 wines for 25 or so producers, good detail but lacking terms of prices and availability channels.

The Quote/Background: "Man, these wines are good, but after this week of non-stop wine tasting, it is hard to really dig into them."

The Wines: I did not taste every wine.


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

-Bacalhoa Quinta do Carmo Reserva 2008, $52

-Pocas Colheita 1994 Porto, $27.95 November Vintages

-Cortes de Cima 2009 Red, $21.95

-Esporao White reserve 2009, $23

-J. Portugal Ramos Quinta de Foz de Arouce 2010, $35

-Jose Maria da Fonseca Hexagon 2007, $39

-Jose Maria da Fonseca Alambre 20 Anos Setubal, $32

-Colinas Sparkling 2007, $35

-Calem Colheita 1998 Porto, $25.95 – value wine


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

-Alianca Quinta da Garrida Reserva Tinto 2008

-Alianca Quinta da Garrida Reserva Touriga Nacional 2007

-Alianca Particular 2007, $28

-Bacalhoa Quinta da Bacalhoa 2009, $41

-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora Grande Escholha 2008, $52

-Cortes de Cima Chamine 2011 White

-Monte da Cal Reserva 2008, $22.95

-Esporao Sparkling 2009, $26

-Esporao Red Reserve 2009, $25

-Julian Reynolds Grande Reserva 2005

-Carlos Reynolds 2011 [white], $14.95

-Reynolds Branco Real 2011, $13.50

-Quinta do Infantado 2009, $21.95

-Quinta do Infantado Reserva 2009, $45

-Calem 10 Years Old Tawny Porto, $23.95

-Veedha Douro White 2011, $14.95

-Terra D'Alter Reserva 2010


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

-JP Azeitao Branco 2010

-JP Private Selection 2009, $22

-Casa Santos Lima Merlot 2009

-Casa Santos Lima LAB 2011 [white] $14.95

-Monte da Cal Syrah 2008, $19.95

-Esporao Alandra White, $8 – value wine of the tasting.

-Esporao Alicante Bouschet 2007, $16

-J. Portugal Ramos Vila Santa Reserva 2011 [white]

-Terra D'Alter Fado Branco 2011, $13.95

-Terra D'Alter Viognier 2011, $13.95


The Food: shrimp piri-piri, chicken piri-piri, pork sliders, cod cakes. Portuguese-styled cheeses, and more. But I could not find any corn bread.

The Downside: there was a seminar somewhere on the site, but details were never presented to me. Also, more pourers needed to know more prices.

The Upside: good selection of wines.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.


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