Dominic Symington has reported in from Brazil, to let us know that the Primum Familiae Vini (PFV) Gala Dinner event at the São Paulo Jockey Club Thursday night was an outstanding success. The event was hosted and coordinated by TV Globo news anchorman Renato Machado who is also a well know wine enthusiast; over 300 people attended.
The wines served at dinner are a dream list of the world’s finest:
Pol Roger, Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1998
Hugel & Fils, Riesling Jubilee 2005
J. Drouhin, Puligny Montrachet Folatières 2002
Torres, Torres Mas La Plana 2004 (España)
Antinori, Tignanello 2001 (Toscana IGT), (Magnum)
Tenuto San Guido, Sassicaia 2002 (Magnum)
Ch. Beaucastel, Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge Hommage à Jacques Perrin 2001 (Magnum)
Vega Sicilia, Vega Sicilia, Unico 1994
Mouton Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild 1996 Magnum
Egon Müller Scharzhof, 2007 Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel
Graham’s, Graham’s 1994 Vintage Port
The wines showed superbly with the Graham’s 1994 showing particularly well and causing quite a stir amongst the guests. The wine had been decanted between 3:00 and 4:00 pm and was served at 11:00 pm. After plenty of time to open up it was showing beautiful tones of lifted violets but still with plenty of youthful grip to match perfectly with a dark chocolate and caramel tart.
The Gala Dinner is a fund raising event for the Childhood Brazil Foundation. The PFV collection case, a handsome wooden collector’s case containing the finest currently available vintage of a wine from each of the producers in the PFV group, was successfully auctioned for the staggering sum of R$ 250,000, equivalent to € 106,000 or US$ 145,000.
This money, together with the donations included in the dinner ticket prices, and many additional donations from attendees, all went directly to Childhood Brazil, the Brazilian branch of the World Childhood Foundation, created in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. This charity focuses on protecting children and adolescents from abuse and exploitation through a wide range of regional and national programs throughout Brazil, and has already reached over 1 million people.
The PFV group, who presented their wines at the Gala Dinner as well as at other events this week in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, left to right:
Dominc Symington (Graham’s Port), Francois Perrin (Ch. Beaucastel), Laurent Drouhin (J. Drouhin), Valeska Müller (Egon Müller Scharzhof), Sebastiano Rosa (Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia), Philippe Sereys de Rothschild (Ch. Mouton Rotschild), Albiera Antinori (Antinori), Hubert de Billy (Pol Roger), Pablo Alvarez (Vega Sicilia), Etienne Hugel (Hugel & Fils) and Miguel Torres (Torres).