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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Event: Port & Douro Wine Tasting Toronto 2017, May

The Date and Time:  Monday, May 8, 2017  3PM to 8PM
The Event: Port & Douro Wine Tasting Toronto 2017
The Venue: Park Hyatt
The Target Audience: wine trade and others for about 12 Ontario agencies
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines were currently available
The Quote/Background: there was a seminar (24 people) at 3PM, and I had a chance to savour seven wines; these have been folded into the ranges below.
The Wines: There was no listed catalogue of wines, just pages for tasting notes and names of agents. This slowed me down considerably as I was busy sipping and writing. Please excuse any typos below...
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta Nova Grainha Reserve Red $31.95 Le Sommelier
-Taylor's Very Old Single Harvest Vintage Port 1967 $300  Sylvestre
-Quinta Dona Matilde Colheita 2008 $47  Small Winemakers
-Ramos Pintos Tawny 20 Years $82 Mondia Alliance
-Quinta do Portal Grand Reserva Red 2009  Lifford
-Martha's Porto Extra Dry White Port $25
-Senhora do Convento Tawny 10 Year Old
-Taylor Tawny 40 Year Old
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas White 2015, +285410
-Quinta Nova Grainha Reserve White $31.95 Le Sommelier
-Alves de Sousa Gairosa Quinta 2011 $50 Davenport & Vista
-Alves de Sousa Abondonado 2013 $80 Davenport & Vista
-Niepoort Vertente 2014  FWP
-Convento Proprietor's Red Blend 2012
-Lavradores de Feitoria Meruge 2014 Red $39.95  FWP
-Lavradores de Feitoria Meruge 2015 White $39.95  FWP
-Jorges Rosas Vinhos Puro Quinta da Touriga 2014  FWP
-Ramos Pintos Tawny 10 Years $49 Mondia Alliance
-Quinta do Silval Dornha Velha Red 2015 $11.30 Madhu Wines
-Quinta do Silval Dornha Velha Red 2015 $11.30 Madhu Wines
-Quinta do Silval Dornha Velha Reserva Red 2013 $18  Madhu Wines
-Quinta do Portal Peceatore 2014 $11 Lifford
-Quinta do Portal Fontana 2014 $14.95 Lifford
-Sandeman Tawny 20 Years Old
-Niepoort LBV 2012
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta Nova Pomares $19.95 Le Sommelier
-Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Red 2014, +285428
-Porto Magalhaes Ruby Special Reserve
-Alves de Sousa Caldas Reserva 2013 $25 Davenport & Vista
-Alves de Sousa Caldas 2015 $15 Davenport & Vista
The Food: none until after 5, and then it disappeared quickly. Compensation: I took some leftover bread from the seminar.
The Downside: there was only one porto colheita.
The Upside: despite a remarkable lack of food, the event went well with crowds moving through the tables.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 84

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