I would have given two thumbs up to Torres for last weekendâ€™s Taste of the Nations, an event in Traderâ€™s Hotel that featured some 150 of the distributorâ€™s wines, but my hands were attached to a glass that brought unlimited refills. Instead, I’ll provide written praise.
I would guess well over 200 people attended and, at 188 kuai per person, received good value for their money. I sampled many of the Italian and Australian brands but, being more of a swallower than a spitter, decided not to try the full range. The crowd included some Torres competitors and regulars from Sequoia‘s Friday night wine tasting group.
A few suggestions to those putting on major wine events:
– If a wine is done, why display the bottle? I wanted to try Grace Vineyard’s Chairmanâ€™s Reserve but it had run out when I arrived at 2:45 PM (the event ran until 6 PM). The same held for the Champagne. Why taunt me with the bottles when the bubbly is gone?
– Live bands are okay, but they tend to interrupt the conversations of wine lovers who are focused on the vino going in their mouths rather than the music going in their ears.
Anyway, enough whining about the wining. A good event this was and letâ€™s hope the Taste of Nations becomes an annual one.
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