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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wines of Brasil trade tasting, Oct 10/12 at Park Hyatt

The Date and Time: Tuesday Oct 10, 2012    2PM to 6PM

The Event: Wines of Brasil trade tasting

The Venue: Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel

The Target Audience: media, sommeliers, trade

The Availability/Catalogue: not many of the wines are available right now, but most of the wineries present had agents who can private order or do consignment. You would need to check with the Commercial Promotion people such as Barbara Ruppell,

The tasting booklet just listed the wineries, and none of the wines. I requested a list by email, but pricing was still haphazard. One of the wineries never came.

The Quote/Background: Chuck Byers and Sandi Kraft gave an informative presentation of "Wines of Brasil", but it was unfortunately lightly attended and its time overlapped with the tasting. The Brazilian wine heritage came from Italian immigrants in 1880, so it is still a young industry. They are currently exported to 31 countries, including Canada, but have still to find a growing market in Ontario.

The Wines: I was fortunate to try most of the wines. My faves were mostly whites and sparklers, plus merlot.


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

-Lidio Carraro SulBrasil Agnus Merlot 2010, $16.95

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Moscatel NV, $15.95

-Salton Desejo Merlot Tinto 2007, $30

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Dedicato Chardonnay 2012, $27

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Espumante Brut NV, $23.

-Miolo Miolo Merlot Terroir 2009, $29.95

-Pizzato Verve Tinto Seco 2009


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

-Lidio Carraro SulBrasil Agnus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $16.95

-Lidio Carraro Lidio Carraro Grande Vindima Quorum 2006, $35-40

-VIniBrasil Paralelo 8 Premium 2007, $24.95

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Brut Branco NV, $15.95

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Brut Rosé NV, $15.95 

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Reserva Assemblage 2008, $19.95

-Salton Talento Tinto 2007, $30

-Salton Espumante Gerações Domenico Salton NV Brut, $26    

-Salton Volpi Chardonnay 2011, $16.95

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Espumante Moscatel Branco NV, $21   

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Dedicato Tannat 2011, $27

-Miolo Quinta Seival Castas Portuguesas 2008, $22.95

-Miolo Brut Millesine 2009, $23.95

-Miolo Brut Rose 2010, $17.95

-Aurora Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $36

-Aurora Espumante Branco Brut NV, $15          

-Aurora Espumante Rose Moscatel NV, $15

-Cave Geisse Espumante Rose Terroir 2008, $53

-Pizzato Concentus Tinto 2007

-Pizzato Fausto Merlot 2010.


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

-Lidio Carraro SulBrasil Dadivas Chardonnay 2011, $13

-Lidio Carraro SulBrasil Dadivas Pinot Noir 2011

-Lidio Carraro Lidio Carraro Elos Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $25

-Lidio Carraro Lidio Carraro Elos Tauriga Nacional/Tannat 2009, $25

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Viognier/Chenin Blanc 2011, $13.95

-VIniBrasil Rio Sol Assemblage Red 2011, $13.95

-Salton Volpi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

-Salton Volpi Cabernet Franc 2012, $15.95

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Frisante Suave Moscato NV, $14.95.

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Virtus Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, $18

-Basso Vinhos Monte Paschoal Virtus Merlot 2011, $18

-Miolo Family Tannat 2010, $17.50

-Miolo Family Chardonnay 2011, $17.50

-Miolo Collezione Viognier 2010, $24.50

-Miolo Family Pinot Noir 2010, $17.50

-Aurora Reserva Chardonnay 2011, $36

-Aurora Tinto Merlot 2012

-Cave Geisse Espumante Brut 2009, $41

-Pizzato Chardonnay 2012

-Pizzato Tannat 2007

-Pizzato Merlot Reserva 2009


The Food: cheese and charcuterie, beef, breads, fruit.

The Downside: it was lightly attended

The Upside: as it was a small show, there was a chance to talk to exporters and Ontario agents.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.



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