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NEW YORK CITY SIPS Trending On Portugal, New Zealand, Alsace And Spain by Lana Bortolot Doug Frost, MS, MW. Wines of Portugal took "back to school" seriously last month with its fi rst "wine academy," held in Manhattan for members of the press and trade. Master sommelier and master of wine Doug Frost led a three-hour technical seminar of some 20 wines from 12 appel- lations, followed by an optional exam of 50 questions. The top scorer will be eligible for an all-expenses- paid trip to Portugal in 2013. The wine academy kicked off the 50 Great Portuguese Wines event and award ceremony held October 30. Mike Madrigale of Bar Boulud. Fresh off his nomina- tion for Sommelier of the Year by Food & Wine magazine, and 10 days before his wedding, Bar Boulud's Mike Madrigale poured a portfolio of wines from Alsace as part of a "View Towards Fall" press dinner. Focusing on the diversity of styles from the largely organic region, the wines ranged from Crémant d'Alsace and racy Rieslings to grand cru Pinot Gris. Hitting the sweet spot: two Gerwurztraminers, a Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Graines Nobles. Now, that's a mouthful. 30 30 / the t he tastting panel / n ing panel noovemb r 2012ember 2e 12 Cloudy Bay Estate Director Ian Morden, Chef David Burke and Winemaker Tim Heath. Cloudy Bay brought its New Zealand team stateside to celebrate the 2012 release of its signature Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker Tim Heath and estate director Ian Morden were helped along by Chef David Burke, who provided a buffet of small seafood tasting plates. Held in the Glasshouses, a transparent aerie in the Chelsea art gal- lery district, the event showcased a vintage that Heath says "has the potential to be one of the most exciting in the last 10 years" after a "nerve-wracking" season. With its classic lime profi le, the wine paired with mini tuna tacos, crab-stuffed tomatoes and the chili- and basil- spiced "angry shrimp." Francois Lurton and Michel Rolland taste us on Campo Eliseo, their joint venture from Spain. French powerhouse team Francois Lurton and Michel Rolland conducted a rare vertical tasting of Campo Eliseo, their joint project in Spain's Toro D.O. Meaning "Blessed fi elds," the winery is one of a number that are helping put the Toro on the map—a movement started by Miguel Farina, largely recognized as the "father of Toro." The tasting also included Campo Alegre, a lighter style red, and Hermanos Lurton, a white blend of 85% Verdejo, 10% Sauvignon and 5% Viura. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT PHOTO: JOY JACOBS

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