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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Event: Porto and Douro Wine Tasting - IVDP

The Date and Time: Monday May 2, 2016, 4PM to 8 PM
The Event: Porto and Douro Wine Tasting - IVDP
The Venue: Hyatt Regency King Street
The Target Audience: wine trade and consumers.
The Availability/Catalogue: Wines were largely available as future arrivals in the LCBO system or by consignment. There were fewer wines than last year from fewer producers. Five agents manned the tables. We had blank pages for a catalogue.
The Quote/Background: There was a seminar ahead of the show but I was unable to attend.
The Wines: There was no over all listing and notes were handscribed over the noise. My apologies for lack of information and errors.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Grahams 20 Year Old Port  Mark Anthony
-Crasto Superior Douro Red 2013, $32 FWP
-Crasto Reserva 20122, $41  FWP
-Murcas Reserva Red Douro 2011, $42   Eurovintage
-Taylor's 40 Year Old Port   Sylvestre
-Taylor's 30 Year Old Port   Sylvestre
-Taylor's 20 Year Old Port   Sylvestre
-C. da Silva Douro Colheita Porto 1995  Case for Wine, $35 PO
-DFJ Vinhos Vega 2013 Red Douro, $15 – 17   FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Escada 2007 Red Douro, $40 – 42  FWP
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Warre Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port, +566174, 500 ml, $21.95
-C. da Silva Douro Red 2012, +452714, ~$13.95 Vintages Sept/16
-Quinta do Convento Douro 2013, Eurovintage
-Senhora do Convento Tawny 10 year old Port, Eurovintage
-Crasto Red 2014, $20.25  FWP
-Esporao Assobio 2015 White Douro, $15 – 17 Eurovintage
-Esporao Assobio 2014 Red Douro, $15 – 17  Eurovintage
-Taylor's 10 Year Old Port   Sylvestre
-J Rosas Quinta da Touriga Puro Red 2013 $17-18   FWP
-DFJ Vinhos Patamar Reserva 2013 Red Douro, $23 – 24  FWP
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Senhora do Convento Red Douro 2012, Eurovintage
-Crasto White Douro 2014, $16.10 FWP
The Food: good bread and water, with providing great artisanal chocolates, some designed just for this event. There was "Figo" (fig + port jam, vincotto ganache), "Avela" (milk chocolate and hazelnut praline), "Tablet" (dark chocolate, sundried cherries, dried raspberries; another version had black figs and pistachios), "Miele" (Ontario buckwheat honey, salted walnut, dark chocolate ganache), and my fave: "Tonka" (salted butter,caramel, and pecan). Wonderful craftsmanship, often better than the wines!
The Downside: it got crowded really fast, and there were few wines to try.
The Upside: great tawnies.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 82.


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