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Friday, November 5, 2010

Oct 8, 2010: Discovery tasting of Port wines at the Berekley Street Church

The Time and Date: Friday, October 8, 2010  2:30 PM to 5 PM

The Event: Discovery tasting of Port and Douro wines, 2010 edition

The Venue: The Berkeley Church Heritage Event Venue, Queen Street East

The Target Audience: wine trade.

The Availability/Catalogue: only about half of the ports are available in stores or by consignment. The rest are private order. Many expensive vintage ports were not around or they failed to arrive, even though they were listed in the catalogue.

The Quote/Background: "This is smaller in scale and audience than in previous years – so much for Fridays on a holiday weekend!"

The Wines: I did not taste any table wines.


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port, 500 mL, $36.95 +620641

-Taylor Fladgate Tawny 40 Years, $234.95 +540260

-Taylor Fladgate Tawny 20 Years, $67.95 +149047


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Royal Oporto 20 Year Old Tawny, $31.95  375 mL H.H.D. Imports

-Royal Oporto 10 Year Old Tawny, $12.95 200 mL +661223  Vintages Dec 11

-Warre's OTIMA 10 Year Old Tawny Port, 500 mL $21.95 +566174

-Taylor Fladgate Tawny 30 Years, $181.75 +540252

-Taylor Fladgate Tawny 10 Years, $34.95 +121749

-Taylor Fladgate Vintage 2007, $119 +139709


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Dalva Porto 10 Years

-Quinta do Vallado Port Tawny 10 Years

-Infantado Tawny Port, $16.95 +168633


The Food: cold cuts, pita breads, cheeses, olives.

The Downside: the Friday of a holiday weekend.

The Upside: a chance to taste some tawnies.

The Contact Person: Alex Julian

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 82.


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