Annual Grand Tasting Tour Showcases Portugal’s Diversity for U.S. Wine Professionals

Jun 08, 2018

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Members of the U.S. wine trade and press from West Coast to East discovered the diversity and quality of Portuguese wines through a series of grand tastings, intimate seminars, and one-on-one meetings. Over three days from May 7 to May 10, more than 300 top wine professionals warmly welcomed 36 Portuguese wineries and over 475 wines to San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.

The pinnacle of all three events were in-depth, seated seminars and tastings, hosted by Wines of Portugal U.S. Ambassador Eugenio Jardim. Joined by Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser in San Francisco and Master of Wine Sandy Block in Boston, Jardim guided professionals through a wide range of Portuguese wine styles. Touching upon diverse climatic influences, exceptional soils, and characterful, indigenous grape varieties, the seminars highlighted the unique qualities that make Portugal the most exciting wine country today. Wine trade and press members alike were thrilled to immerse themselves in Portugal’s special wine culture. 

"I attended the Wines of Portugal tasting event yesterday,” Barbara Glunz, proprietor of Chicago’s House of Glunz, said. “It was a fast-paced format full of vital information, wonderful wines and an excellent seminar by Eugenio Jardim."

Attendees in San Francisco and Boston also welcomed the opportunity to learn about and taste through over 475 wines in day-long, walk-around grand tastings. In San Francisco, 189 wine professionals met with 33 Portuguese wineries, while in Boston, 107 trade and press members met with 36 wineries during grand tasting sessions. 

In Chicago, wine trade members were treated to one-on-one experiences, giving them the opportunity to connect directly with wineries through morning or afternoon “speed dating” style meetings. In all, 18 professionals sat down with nine wineries and had the option to taste more than 50 wines from across Portugal. 

“It is such a valuable experience for our wineries to showcase the diversity of Portuguese wines in person, through comprehensive seminars, grand tastings, and one-on-one meetings,” Filipa Anunciação, Senior Area Manager for Wines of Portugal, said. “The positive reception from wine professionals in all three cities just further reinforces the quality of Portuguese wines and their appreciation in the U.S.”

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