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Sunday, December 15, 2019

The November 27 2019 Event: Wonderfud-Gradwell Wines Portfolio Tasting

The Date and Time: Wednesday November 27, 2019  2 – 5:30 PM
The Event: Wonderfud-Gradwell Wines Portfolio Tasting
The Venue: Peter Pan Bistro
The Target Audience: clients, sommeliers, wine trade
The Quote/Background: The portfolio offered today came from nine Italian wineries from four regions (Molise, Piemonte, Sicilia, Tuscany). Tables were arranged by region, a good idea. Notes related to the regions, with attention to the character of the wines, geography, local foods, indigenous red and white grape varieties.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available from the agency.
The Wines: I did not sample every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Torre Chardonnay Brut 2018 Piedmonte $21.95
-La Torre Moscato d'Asti 2018 Piedmonte $21.95
-Pertinace Barbaresco Nevro 2016 Piedmonte $66.95
-Filippo Grasso Ripiddu Etna Rosso Sicily 2017 $31.95
-Filippo Grasso Rosato 2018 $31.95
-Pietramora Vermentino 2018 Tuscany $19.95
-Pietramora Brumaio Morellino di Scansano 2017 $22.98
-Angelo d'Uva Lagena del Molise 2015 $31.95
-Angelo d'Uva Ricupo del Molise 2015 $25.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Torre Brachetto d'Acqua 2018 Piedmonte $21.95
-La Torre Cortese Alto Monferato $16.95
-Pertinace Barbaresco 2016 Piedmonte $41.95
-La Vite Altariva Sicily $17.95
-Filippo Grasso Vino Btanco 2018 $31.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Pertinace Dolcetto d'Alba 2018 Piedmonte $24.95
-Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2018 Piedmonte $21.95
-La Vite Rahalmet Grillo 2018 Sicily $13.95
-La Vite Rahalmet Inzolia 2018 Sicily $13.95
The Food: cheese and meat platters, breads, fruit, etc.
The Downside: it was very noisy and warm in the room, with no tables or chairs on which to rest a notepad.
The Upside: a good chance to focus selectively on certain producers.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 86


Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
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