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Monday, April 26, 2010

March 30/10: Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting (ViniPortugal)

 The Time and Date: Tuesday March 30, 2010 2PM to 6:30 PM
The Event: Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting, sponsored by
The Venue: Art Gallery of Ontario
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue had good detail, and the
overall dimensions were shortened. It was easier to carry.
Unfortunately, while the catalogue had price ranges for the wines, they
were not always correct. Logos, names, addresses, mini-histories of the
wineries: they were also included. 47 tables and scores of wines.
The Quote/Background: The price fault is from previous years too. It is
necessary to have correct ballpark prices, because many wine people are
looking for a bargain, or a decent price for a "great wine". Or, they
want to avoid that pricey wine. Several pourers were vague about
prices. C'est la vie…
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alves de Sousa Abandonado 2007 Douro $75
-Alves de Sousa Caldas Reserva 2005 Douro
-Quinta do Cotto Grande Escolha 2007 Douro, over $30
-Julio Tassara de Bastos Dona Maria Reserva 2005 Alentejano, over $30
-Quinta do Mouro 2005 Estremoz
-Quinta de Ventozelo Branca 2008.
-Herdade dos Grous White Reserve 2008 Alentejano
-Vale d'Algares 2007 Ribatejano (Viognier), over %50
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora 2007, +227256, $12.95
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora 2006 Grande Escolha
-Quinta da Bacalhoa Tinto 2007
-Campanhia Das Quintas Forgotten Field 2008 Tinto
-Sogrape Heredade do Peso Vinha do Monte Tinto 2008.
-Campanhia Das Quintas Farizoa Reserve 2006 Tinto
-J.Portugal Ramos Vinhos Quinta de Foz de Arouce 2007
-Adega Cartuxa 2007 Alentejo, over $30
-Adega Cartuxa 2006 Reserva Alentejo, over $30
-Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Tinto 2007, over $30 – uses 41 indigenous
grape varieties!
-CARM Reserva 2008 Douro
-Quinta do Infantado 2007 Douro, $23.95, +95158
-Caves Transmontanas Quanta Terre Grande Reserve Branca 2008 Douro, $25
-Caves Transmontanas Quanta Terre Grande Reserve Tinto 2008 Douro, over
-Enoport Almagrande 2007 Douro, $19.95
-Vale d'Algares "D" Branca 2008, over $50
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bacalhoa Catarina 2008
-Campanhia Das Quintas Prova Regia 2008 Branca $16.50
-CSL Fernao Pires 2009 Branca Estremadura, $12
-CSL Moscatel (dry) 2009 Branca Estremadura, $12
-Pocas Coros Douro White 2009, $12
-Aveleda Follies Alvarinho 2009
-Vale d'Algares Guarda Rios Branca 2008, $17.95
-Vale d'Algares "D" 2007 Tinto Tejo, over $50
The Food: an assortment of platters with poached salmon, cheeses,
breads, hors d'oeuvre, pork loins, salads, etc.
The Downside: there was some confusion about check in procedures, and
catalogues were not available at POS. Also, I could not get to the
fortified wines – my palate was almost dead.
The Upside: a terrific assortment of wines.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 90.

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