Not just because Vincent is Burgundian do I applaude the professional, warm and generous reception of Douro Valley producers at Vinidivio during Dijon's 84th International Gastronomic Fair, that took place from 30 October to 4 November. Each year a non-French viticultural region is chosen to be at the "table of honor", and during 5 days we proudly showcased our wines and ports along with 20+/- selected Douro Valley wineries.
Tasting the public, private collectors, trade and wine professionals and sharing our knowledge of port style differences, of Douro Valley with her beautiful traditions and dynamic innovations was our grand honneur. Vinidivio's additional seminars/group tastings/professional days were well-received and impressively organized. Not to mention the apéritifs, dinners, visits to Burgundy's prestigious wineries and the unforgettable participation at the Paulée de Dijon organized with Douro Valley wineries that created a great sense of camaraderie between the 2 wine regions, such is the wine world!
Proud to share with you that Quinta do Tedo received the Gold for our Vintage 2011 handed out during the Paulée. A big thanks to all organizers to include the sommeliers present, especially to Florence Zito and Manuel Cabral. Merci bien~
NB For a food and wine lover to have "experienced" a gastronomic fair in France with close to 600 exhibitors of véritable French cuisine and wine where I lunched sur place for 5 days is equivalent to having been "at large" in a 5-story candy store for a young child! In addition, the Paulée de Dijon, with over 150 attendants to include Burgundy and Douro Valley wine producers, with bottles of prestigious wines shared at tables with a pairing menu catered by Michelin-rated group Bernard Loiseau was icing on top of the cake! ~ Kay