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Saturday, September 16, 2023


REPORT ON THE VINHO VERDE TASTING trade show, June 20, 2023....
The Date and Time:   Tuesday June 20, 2023   11:30 - 4PM
The Event: Vinho Verde Tasting
The Venue: Second Floor Events, King Street
The Target Audience: wine trade and wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: downloaded from the cloud. There were 14 producers and about 70 wines.
The Quote/Background: Christopher Sealy led the Masterclass which covered the major aspects of Vinho Verde, complete with Powerpoint and a paper map. The Vinho Verde region covers whites, reds, rose, and fortified wines; it lies between the Douro and the Minho rivers – it's the largest wine region in Portugal, with 1400 wine brands, 9 subregions, and 45 grape varieties. Each bottle is certified (numbered and identified) and forms part of the annual 70 million litres (45% exported) produced. Canada is its sixth largest market.
The Wines: I did not sample all the wines. Prices are retail.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta da Raza Alvarinho 2022, $22.95 (Christopher Stewart)
-Quinta da Raza Alvarinho Trajadura 2022, $21.95 (Christopher Stewart)
-Quinta da Raza Rose 2022, $14.95 (Christopher Stewart)
-Quintas do Homem Vale do Homem Loureiro Wild Ferment 2022, $19.95 (Kolonaki)
-Quintas do Homem Vale do Homem Spumante NV, $38.95 (Kolonaki)
-Vercoope Via Latina Grande Reserva 2018
-Guapos Wine Project Castelo Negro 2018
-Quinta das Arcas Alvarinho Reserva 2021
-Casal de Ventozela Prime Selection 2019 (1/3 alvarinho, avesso, loureiro)
-Casal de Ventozela Alvarinho 2022 Minho
-Aveleda Alvarinho 2022
-Aveleda Solos de Granito 2021
-Aveleda Solos de Xisto 2021
-Quinta d'Amares Pet-Nat NV

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Quinta da Raza Avesso 2022, $22.95 (Christopher Stewart)
-Quinta da Raza Gouveio 2021, $28.95 (Christopher Stewart)
-Quintas do Homem Vale do Homem Rose 2022, $16.95 (Kolonaki)
-Vercoope Via Latina Seco Rose NV
-Quinta d'Amares Vinesa Alvarinho 2018
-Quinta da Lixa Colinas do Avesso 2016
-Adega Ponte de Lima Colheita Selecionnada Loureiro 2022
-Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2021 Lima
-A & D Wines Quinta Santa Teresa Avesso Esculpido 2020
-A & D Wines Quinta Santa Teresa Avesso 2022
-3 Rostos Nativo Reserva 2020
-3 Rostos Flor de Linho Alvarinho 2022
-3 Rostos Barrete Padeiro Rose 2022
-3 Rostos Flor de Linho Azal 2022
-3 Rostos Barrete 2022

The Food: The Masterclass attendees each got a large rice bowl with their choice for veggies (bok choy, squash) and/or smoked chicken; the main tasting had a platter of cold cuts and cheeses and assorted veggies and fruits.
The Downside: like the Valpolicella tasting I attended last week, the wines all shared the same broad characteristics with some individual qualities. But after awhile it tended to reduce my palate's effectiveness of discernment. The Masterclass thus had great value for me. Good details are at
The Upside: good food, good wines, good Masterclass seminar. Thanks to Chris Sealy.
The Contact Person:
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade):  92.

Dean Tudor,  Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of Journalism
Treasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

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