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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Portuguese Wine Workshop, led by Rui Falcao.

The Date and Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2011   Noon to 3 PM

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 (8890 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 (8587 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.

The Upside: the suckling pig was a real treat.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.

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