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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Event: Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting Trade and Media Show June 7/17

The Date and Time: Wednesday June 7, 2017  2PM to 5PM
The Event: Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting Trade and Media Show
The Venue: Airship37 Event Venue, Parliament Street Distillery District
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: varied availability according to the producers. Some wineries were looking for agents, but did not prominently display that red sign. Some wines were not available, while other wines were not listed. Prices were not displayed.
The Quote/Background: It was hot and noisy, not especially conducive to a trade show which requires concentration. It needed more curating in order to bring the best clients to the wineries and agents.
The Wines: I only tried table wines and some ports, and not all of them.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sogevinus Veedha 2013 Douro Red +255851 LCBO $15.10
-Calem Coheita 1961 Porto $200
-Kopke Colheita 1981 Porto $50
-Kopke Colheita 1967 Porto $200
-Kopke Colheita 1999 Porto $70
-Calem Coheita 2000 Porto $60
-Quinta Vale d'Aldeia White 2016
-Quinta da Devesa Red reserva Vinhas Velhas 2011 Douro
-A&D Wines Monologo Chardonnay 2016  $17.95 Licensee   Kylix
-Cabriz Reserva VB 2015 Dao White    Noble
-Esporao Reserva White 2015 Alentejo  FWP
-Quinta dos Murcas Reserva 2011  Douro   FWP
-Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva Lisboa Red 2014    Majestic
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Wine and Soul Guru 2015 Douro White $49.95
-Wine and Soul Manoella 2014 Douro Red $29.95
-Wine and Soul Pintas 2014 Douro Red Old Vines $129.95
-Wine and Soul Quinta da Manoella 2014 Vinhas Velhas Old Vines Douro Red $129.95
-Wine and Soul Pintas Character 2014 Douro Red Old Vines $49.95
-Cortes de Cima White 2015 Alentejo     Terroir
-Quinta do Mondego Red 2011 Dao e Lafoes
-Parras Castelo do Sulco White 2015 Lisboa   GO
-Monte da Ravasqueira White Alentejo
-A&D Wines Monologo Avesso 2016  $17.95 Licensee   Kylix
-Messias Quinta do Valdoeiro 2012 Bairrada Red   Signature
-Jose Maria da Fonseca Albis 2015 Peninsula de Setubal Moscatel    Philippe Dandurand
-Casa de Santar Reserva 2012 Dao Red  $27.95  Noble
-Esporao Verdelho 2016  FWP
-Esperao Monte Velho White 2015   FWP
-Casa Santos Lima Pluma Vinho Verde Lisboa 2016 $14    Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Confidencial Reserva Lisboa Red 2013    Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Bons-Ventos 2015 Red    Majestic
-Casa Santos Lima Oassuin of Portugal Reserva Lisboa Red 2015    Majestic
-Bacalhoa Tinto da Anfora 2014 Alentejo    PMA
-Alianca Foral Reserva 2014 Douro     PMA
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta Vale d'Aldeia Infel White 2015 The Full Wineglass
-Cortes de Cima Chamine White 2016 Alentejo     Terroir
-Alianca Vinho Verde 2016   $9     PMA
The Food: as always, a wide selection of platters for spicy bbq chicken drumettes, cod fish croquettes with two kinds of mayo (herb, chipotle), mac and cheese, chorizo and buns, portuguese style cheeses, fruit, veggies, spicy meats and cold cuts, trout salad, breads, small bite desserts.
The Downside: as was typical, not all wines were available, and even some agents were uncertain as to specific availability.
The Upside: a good selection of newish Portuguese wines in the Ontario market.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 85.


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