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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Major Ribera del Duero tasting in Toronto

 The Date and Time: Wed May 15, 2013  4:30 PM to 7 PM

The Event: ASEBOR wine tasting in Toronto (Montreal on May 13) – Asociacion de bogegueros de la Ribera del Duero.

The Venue: Westin Hotel

The Target Audience: wine media, agents and sommeliers

The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was full and relatively complete, with some duplications and omissions. There were, as usual, some wines missing and others added. Prices were vague. Some principals were looking for agents.

The Quote/Background: there was to be a PowerPoint presentation of the Ribera at 4:30, but few people turned up, and so it was cancelled. More details are available at

The Wines: I did not try all the wines, just the reds (Tempranillo).


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

-Asenjo & Manso Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2006

-Arroyo Crianza 2010

-Bod. Pascual Diodoro Autor 2005

-Pinord Vaquos Crianza 2007

-Matarromera Reserva 2006

-Valduero Reserva 2007

-Valduero Reserva Premium 6 Anos 2005

-Valduero Gran Reserva 2001

-Martin Berdugo Crianza 2010 $23.95 Amethyst

-Martin Berdugo MB 2008 $43.95 Amethyst

-Valdevinas Mirat Reserva 2004

-Garcia de Aranda PG Pedro Garcia 2009  17E FOB

-Garcia de Aranda Erades de Baldios Tinto Roble 2011   7E FOB


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

-Asenjo & Manso Ribera del Duero Silvanus 2009

-Asenjo & Manso Ribera del Duero Ceres Tempranillo 2009

-Arroyo Roble 2011

-Arroyo Reserva 2008

-Bod. Pascual Heredad de Penalosa 2011

-Bod. Pascual Buro de Penalosa 2009

-Bod. Pascual Buro Seleccion 2010

-Bod. Reyes Teofilo 2009

-Lagar de Isilla Joven 2012

-Lagar de Isilla Crianza 2009

-Pinord Vaquos Roble 2011

-Matarromera Crianza 2009

-Matarromera Emina Pasion 2011

-Valduero Crianza 2009

-Valduero Una Cepa 2009

-Pago de Los Capellanes Crianza 2009

-Pago de Los Capellanes El Nogal 2009

-Pago de Los Capellanes El Picon 2009

-Pago de Los Capellanes Reserva 2009

-Martin Berdugo Joven 2011, $15.95 Amethyst

-Martin Berdugo Barrica 2011, $19.95  Amethyst

-Comenge Don Miguel 2009

-Valdevinas Tinar de Mirat Crianza 2004

-Garcia de Aranda Senorio de los Baldios Tinto Roble 2011   3.50E FOB

-Garcia de Aranda Senorio de los Baldios Tinto Crianza 2009   5.50E FOB

-Vitulia Roble 2010

-Vitulia Crianza 2009

-Vega Clara Mario VC 2010 (25% CabSauv)

-Vega Claro 10 Almendros 2012


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

-Arroyo Joven 2012

-Bod. Reyes Tamiz 2011

-Lagar de Isilla Roble 2011

-Pinord Vaquos Cosecha 2011

-Matarromera Melior 2011

-Comenge Tempranillo 2008

-Comenge Biberius

-Valdevinas Torrelanga Crianza 2006


The Food: platters of cheese, breads, meats – but late, after many had left.

The Downside: the show did not seem to be well publicized. There were just a smattering of wine writers and some sommeliers/buyers.

The Upside: rare wine tasting in Toronto from a prominent area. Actually, any wine tasting in Toronto from Spain is rare.

The Contact Person: Rafael

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):84



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