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Friday, May 17, 2013

30.50 Imports Portfolio Tasting, April 29/13

The Date and Time: Monday, April 29, 2013  1:30 PM to 5 PM

The Event: 30.50 Imports Portfolio Tasting

The Venue: Barberian's Steakhouse

The Target Audience: wine trade, private clients

The Availability/Catalogue: wines are mainly in stock, but a few were private orders.

The Quote/Background: Many of the wines are sustainable or certified organic.

The Wines: I did not taste every wine. Prices listed are LICENSEE.


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

-Bod Tradicion Amontillado Jerez 30 years old, $89.95

-Bod Tradicion Oloroso Jerez 30 years old, $89.95

-Bod Tradicion Palo Cortado Jerez 30 years old, $115

-Bod Tradicion Pedro Ximenez Jerez 20 years old, $105

-Cantina di Venosa Aglianico del Vulture Vignali 2008 DOC, $16.95

-Il Paradiso di Frassina Brunello di Montalcino 2008, $59.95

-Musella Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2009, $25.95

-Champagne Chapuy Carte Verte Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV, $49.95; $24.95 split.

-Roots Run Deep Winery Pinot Noir Educated Guess 2009, $29.95

-Mt. Rosa Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2009 Central Otago, $25.95


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

-Sidonio de Sousa Bairrada Tinto 2005, $15.95

-Porta da Teira Ninfa Espumante Pinot Noir Ribatejo MT, $29.95

-Porta da Teira Ninfa Touriga Nacional-Syrah 2010 Ribatejo, $17.95

-Porta da Teira Moscatel de Setubal, $15.95 for 500 mL.

-Bod Medrano Irazu Crianza 2009 Rioja, $13.25

-Bod Briego Reserva 2004 R. del Duero, $27.50

-Celler Cesca Vicent Red 2010 Priorat, $20.95

-Peter Zemmer Pinot Bianco DOC 2011, $16.95

-Cantina di Venosa Dry Muscat Terre di Orazio IGT 2011, $14.50

-Castello di Verduno Barbaresco DOCG Faset 2007, $49.95

-Castello di Verduno Barolo DOCG Massara 2005, $64.95

-Tenuta Alessandro Garetto Fava 2007 DOCG Super Nizza Piedmont, $34.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2012 Vermentino Coppaia, $12.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2010 Chianti Colli Senesi, $15.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2009 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva, $19.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2007 Chianti Colli Senesi Riserva Belsedere, $34.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2010 Canaiolo Loccaretto, $25.95

-Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Bruciagna 2008, $34.95

-Il Paradiso di Frassina Gea Sant'Antimo Rosso DOC 2009, $34.95

-Musella Amarone Riserva 2007, $59.95

-Dom Michel Mallard & Fils Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozieres 2009,


-Chateau Barrejat Cuvee des Vieux Ceps 2010 Madiran, $24.95

-Mt. Rosa Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Central Otago, $19.99


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

-Sidonio de Sousa Bairrada Tinto Reserva 2008, $19.95

-Adega de Mesao Frio Claustru's Tinto 2010 Douro, $11.95

-Bod Amador Garcia Penagudi Blanco 2011 Rioja, $13.95

-Bod Medrano Irazu Tempranillo Joven 2011 Rioja, $13.25

-Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio La Lot IGT 2011, $13.95

-Peter Zemmer Muller Thurgau DOC 2011, $18.95

-Peter Zemmer Pinot Nero DOC 2010, $17.95

-Peter Zemmer Lagrein DOC 2010, $18.95

-Fattoria Casabianca Tuscany 2011 Coppaia Chianti Colli Senesi, $12.95

-Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2009 $24.95

-Il Paradiso di Frassina Rosso Organic IGT 2011, $20.95

-Dom Michel Mallard & Fils Ladoix Le Clos Royer 2009, $49.95

-Chateau Barrejat Seduction 2010 Madiran, $19.95

-Mt. Rosa Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago, $29.95


The Food: an awesome display of charcuterie, cheeses, breads, smoked salmon and roasted red peppers, plus beef on a baguette.

The Downside: I was rushed as there was a mammoth Portuguese tasting immediately afterwards at the AGO.

The Upside: a chance to speak with two visiting winemakers.

The Contact Person: Nelson Abreu

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92.

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