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Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Event: the annual Soul of Portugal tasting: uniqueness in a bottle June 9/15

The Date and Time: Tuesday, June 9, 2015    11:30 AM to 5PM
The Event: the annual Soul of Portugal tasting: uniqueness in a bottle
The Venue: Burroughes Building, 6th floor
The Target Audience: wine media and trade
The Availability/Catalogue: as always, there was a variation in what wines are available at what price. I cobbled together what I could.
The Quote/Background: John Szabo led an exemplary seminar-tasting of some 10 wines, ranging from a vinho verde to a 20 year-old port. 40 people attended the presentation, which was preceded by a catered lunch of grilled chicken breast salad and red velvet chocolate chip cookies.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines. The seminar wines have been folded into the listing below. There were 34 companies at 29 tables with about  what looked to be a dozen wines each – far more than were listed in the catalogue. Somebody mentioned there were 160 wines in all.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alianca Bairrada Reserve Tinto 2012 
-Bacalhoa Quinta da Bacalhoa 2012
-Companhia das Quintas Quinta de Pancas Grande Escolha 2011 $54
-Companhia das Quintas Quinta da Fronteira Grande Escolha 2011
-Cortes de Cima Reserva 2011 $89.95    Tandem
-Cortes de Cima Syrah 2012  Tandem
-Esporao Private Selection Branco 2013  $32.45  FWP
-Esporao Reserva Tinto 2012    FWP
-Niepoort Redoma Branco 2013 Old Vines   $30   FWP
-Quinta da Fronteira Selecção do Enológo 2011
-Quinta Vale D. Maria 2012  $100  FWP
-Crasto Superior 2012  FWP
-Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2012  $37.30   FWP
-Herdade Fonte Paredes Grande Reserva 2009    $50
-Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos Alambre 20 anos Moscatel    P Dandurand
-Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos Albis 2014  $9.95    P Dandurand
-Jose Maria da Fonseca Vinhos Domingos Soares Franco Coleccao Privade Moscatel Roxo 2005    P Dandurand
-Quinta do Mondego Munda 2013  Terroir
-Quinta da Foz Grande Reserva 2011
-Ramos Pinto Porto 20 Years Quinta do Bom Retiro  $52.2573
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Casa Agric. A Relvas Herdade Sao Miguel Escolha does Enologos Tinto 2011
-Casa Santos Lima Parcelas Tinto 2010  Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Quinta de Bons-Ventos 2013 Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Pluma Vinho Verde 2014  $8.95
-Companhia das Quintas Quinta do Cardo Grande Escolha 2011 $46
-Cortes de Cima Chamine Branco 2013 $15.95    Tandem
-Quinta dos Roques White 2014  $12.95  Tandem
-DFJ Vinhos Casa do Lago Branco 2014  $16.80    FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Consensus Red 2008   FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Consensus White 2012   $21.40  FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Portada Winemakers Selection Red 2013   FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Portada Winemakers Selection White 2014  $15.20 FWP
-Esporao Quinta does Murcas Porto Tawny 10 anos  FWP
-Herdade dos Grous Branco 2014  $26.25   FWP
-Herdade dos Grous Branco Reserva 2013  $34.25   FWP
-Niepoort 10 Years Old Tawny Porto Old Vines  FWP
-João Portual Ramos Loios 2014 $9.30   FWP
-João Portual Ramos Quinta de Foz de Arouce 2012  $22.95   FWP
-João Portual Ramos Duorum Colheita 2013    FWP
-Quinta do Filoco Reserva 2011
-Filoco Reserva 2013
-Herdade do Perdigao Terras de Monforte Escholha 2009
-Herdade Fonte Paredes Monte Fuscaz 2014  $15
-Herdade Fonte Paredes Santa Ana Reserva 2014   $50
-Quinta do Mondego 2010  $19.95  Terroir
-Quevedo 10 Years Tawny Port
-Quinta da Pacheca Porto 10 anos Old Vines    Majestic
-Rocim Olho de Mocho Tinto 2011
-Terra D'Alter Branco 2014   $9.95   Select
-Terra D'Alter Reserva Branco 2013   $20   Select
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Aveleda Quinta da Aveleda 2014
-Casa Agric. A Relvas Ciconia Branco 2014 $12
-Monte da Ravasqueira 2014 Branco  $16.90
-Monte da Ravasqueira 2013 Reserva Branco  $28.90
-Quinta da Pacheca Colheita Branco 2014   $13.95    Majestic
The Food: cheese platters, charcuterie, breads.
The Downside: it got hot really fast after the crowds arrived; the aisles were jammed. I drank a lot of water.
The Upside: a chance to re-connect with Portuguese wines. The biggest source here was FWP Trading with many tables.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86.


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