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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Portuguese Wine Workshop, led by Rui Falcao.
The Date and Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to
The Event: Portuguese Wine Workshop, led by Rui Falcao.
The Venue: Sassafraz
The Target Audience: wine media, sommeliers, lifestyle writers
The Availability/Catalogue: the seminar wines were available through the LCBO, other wines sampled were limited.
The Quote/Background: Falcao was an engaging speaker. He spoke on seven major wine regions such as Dao, Douro, Vinho Verde, Bairrada, explaining terroir and circumstances, and winemaking philosophies.
The Wines: There were eight wines in the seminar, but two of them were priced over $25, and they stood out. Six more wines were presented, for the meal. Certainly it was an eclectic presentation.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Esporao Reserva 2008 DOC Alentejo, $24.95
-Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas DOC Douro 2009, $39.99
-Quinta do Vale Meao Douro 2009, $85 (Liquid Art)
-Herdade Paco do Conde 2008 VR Alentejano
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta do Gomartz Grande Escolha 2010 DOC Vinho Verde, $14.95
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora VR Alentejano 2009, $12.95
-Meandro do Vale Meao Douro 2008, $24.95 (Liquid Art)
-Duorum Douro 2008
-Quinta do Valdoeiro 2005 Reserva Bairrada
-Catedral Dao 2007 Reserva
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Aveleda Fonte 2010, $8.95
-De Fonseca Periquita Red 2009 VR Peninsula de Setubal, $8.95
-Alianca Bairrada Reserva DOC 2008, $8.95
-Quinta da Fata Classico DOC Dao 2007, $16.95
The Food: Outstanding cod cakes, baked clams, beef stew, seafood soup, breads, shrimp, and a whole suckling pig. It was a typical Portuguese spread, so of course the wines provided great accompaniment.
The Downside: the seminar took awhile to fill up, we started late with eight people but eventually the room filled up.