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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Event: Douro Boys tasting of current wines

The Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 13, 2015  2:30 PM to 5PM
The Event: Douro Boys tasting of current wines
The Venue: University Club
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: prices were very spotty and availability was uncertain in some cases. Food Wines of Portugal with three tables had an order form, and most wines were available by consignment.
The Quote/Background: I did not taste all of the wines.
The Wines: Prices are usually Licensee
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta do Vale Meão Red Douro 2012 $110
-Quinta do Vallado Reserva Branca 2014 [Gouveio, Rabigato, Arinto, Viosinho grapes]
-Quinta Vale D. Maria Rufo White 2014 $17.70 lic FWP
-Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2014 [Verdelho, Codega de Lourinha, Viosinho and Rabigato] $26.50 FWP
-Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte Red Douro 2012 $185.84  FWP
-Niepoort Coche White 2013 [Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Arinto and others] $109.74 FWP
-Niepoort Redoma 2014 [Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Arinto and others] $31.42 FWP
-Quinta do Vallado 20 Year Tawny
-Quinta do Vale Meão Vintage Port 2013
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta do Vale Meão Meandro 2014 [Rabigato and Arinto]
-Quinta Vale D. Maria Red Douro 2012
-Niepoort Charme Red Douro 2013 $104.43  FWP
-Quinta do Vallado Reserva Field Blend Red Douro 2012
-Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 1999 $105.31  FWP
The Food: cheeses and breads
The Downside: there was some vagueness about prices at some tables.
The Upside: there was lots of room and time for tasting and evaluating.
The Contact Person: <>
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.


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