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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Event: Wines of Portugal - discover the diversity, Feb 26, 2009

 The Time and Date: Thursday, February 26, 2009  2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The Event: Wines of Portugal – discover the diversity
The Venue: Art Galley of Ontario, Baillie Court
The Target Audience: wine trade, wine media, agents.
The Availability/Catalogue: as always, wines were available through
different channels. Some producers were looking for agents. The
catalogue had some strange prices, including a range of British
sterling pounds – since that was all that could found in the price
databases. These were London retail price ranges. Nevertheless, the
book had full agent and principal data, along with a brief description
of all the wines (names, vintages, region, grape varieties in the
blend, etc.).
The Quote/Background: It was a huge tasting with 46 tables and over 250
wines. I could not get through it all. Once again, FWP Trading had a
third of the show.
The Wines: I did not taste everything. I tasted no whites, no
fortifieds (except as noted below), and no sparklers.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Adega Cartuxa Fea Reserva 2005 Alentejo (FWP), $50
-Esporao Red Reserve 2006 Alentejo (FWP)
-Herdade dos Grous Red Reserve 2007 Alentejo (FWP)
-Quinta dos Roques Reserva 2006 (RKW Wines) - $34
-Quinta do Portal Moscatel Reserva 1996 Douro
-Hutcheson Colheita 1978 Porto Tawny, $98.95
-Sogevinus Barros Special Edition Colheita 1979 Porto Tawny, $95 for
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Adega Cartuxa Fea 2006 Alentejo (FWP)
-Quinta do Cotto Grande Escolha 2001 Douro (FWP)
-J.Portugal Ramos Vinhos Marques de Borba Reserva 2004 Alentejo (FWP)
-Herdade Grand Reserve 2004 Alentejo (Lifford)
-Herdade Grand Reserve 2006 Alentejo (Lifford)
-Dao Sul Quinta das Tecedeiras Reserva 2005 Douro (needs agent)
-Burmester 20 years old NV Porto Tawny, $80.
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora Grande Escolha 2006 Alentejo (FWP) – made in
best years only.
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora 2006 Alentejo (FWP)
-CARM Quinta do Coa Reserva 2006 Douro (FWP)
-Companhia Das Quintas Quinta do Cardo Seleccao do Enologo 2005 Beira
-Esporao Vinha da Defesa Red 2007 Alentejo (FWP)
-Herdade dos Grous "Moon Harvested" 2007 Alentejo (FWP) - biodynamic
-Monte da Ravasqueira Vinha das Romas Red 2006 Alentejo (FWP)
The Food: a great diversity here too – salmon, cheeses, breads,
flatbreads, pork loin.
The Downside: too many wines, quite frankly, and this does not seem
fair to everybody. Some of the producers who came over wanted to talk
to people, but there was no time.
The Upside: I could pick and choose what wines I wanted to sample.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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