The Date and Time: Friday, September 11, 2015 11AM to 2PM
The Event: A tasting of a new Victoria and Don Ziraldo project in Portugal with Senhora do Convento Douro wines.
The Venue: Novotel Esplanade.
The Target Audience: wine writers, restaurateurs, and opinion-makers.
The Availability/Catalogue: the Ruby and Tawny ports are at the LCBO; the rest
The Quote/Background: Don spoke on the tables wines and some of the ports, Victoria spoke on the Ruby and the Tawny Ports, and Don spoke on his Ziraldo icewine. Tom Noitsis from Eurovintage spoke about his agency's involvement in both the Portuguese wines and in the Ziraldo icewine. Wines will be available through the LCBO eventually; estimated retail prices are attached (see below).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ziraldo Riesling Icewine 2014 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 375 mL, $89 ziraldo.ca
-Senhora do Convento 20 Year Tawny Port, est $29.95
-Senhora do Convento 10 Year Tawny Port, est $19.95 – bargain of the tasting
-Senhora do Convento 2009 Vintage Port, est. $89.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Senhora do Convento Douro Red 2012 Portugal, est. $18.95
-Senhora do Convento Aguias Red 2012 Douro Portugal, est. $39.95
-Senhora do Convento Quinta do Convento 2009 Douro Portugal, est $24.95
-Senhora do Convento Tawny Port, +398248, $16.95
-Senhora do Convento 2011 Vintage Port, est. $28.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Senhora do Convento Ruby Port, +398230, $16.95
The Food: platters of nuts (cashews, walnuts, et al) and cheeses (including blue), plus a variety of nut breads and olive oil (from the estate) brushed on bruschetta breads.
The Downside: I was actually looking forward to staying home today since I seem to be at the LCBO every Friday of the year, and the LCBO had nothing skedded today.
The Upside: A chance to re-connect with the Don and his wife Victoria (a former student of mine)and to taste his new icewine.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.