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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 (88 90 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 (85 87 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: William.email@example.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.
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