Your scribe was invited to attend the celebratory intimate dinner at The Vancouver Club on October 12, 2022 following the Master Of Port Canada 2022 competition organized by Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP). They are global ambassadors for Port & Douro wines – a public government body overseen by the MInister of Agriculture in Portugal. It was great to have them in Canada to do their impressive Masters of Port competition. This difficult and highly competitive event resulted in a most worthy winner in good guy and most knowledgeable sommelier Leagh Barkley on top. Good celebratory photo! Vancouver Club is on a revitalized roll under new GM Tim Ellison with more focus on wine and food events. Good main course choice of Smoked Duck Breast with roasted squash & Brussels sprouts with the 3 Douro Tinto wines of 2019. All showed well but quite differently from “classy” nose of Leda to more leafy character of RP to clearly ripest pure fruit of Van Zellers. Fortunate to sit beside Manuel Lima DipWSET Quality Control of Port & Douro Wines at IVDP. Manuel advised that 2019 is not the best year for Vintage (2017 is better) but there are some very good Douro reds. Always fun to compare the dramatic difference in style between a seductive complex wood aged Tawny Port of 30 years (from Sandeman) with a fresh powerful concentrated Vintage Port (Taylor 2000). Both outstanding!
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