By Nigel Adams [email protected]
The Algarve Wine Society kicked off its 2013 activities with a dinner at the Dona Filipa Hotel in Vale do Lobo, preceded by a tasting of seven wines from the excellent Bacalhoa Vinhos, situated at Azeitão, between Setúbal and Lisbon.
The winery was founded in 1922 under the name João Pires, a name that will be familiar to wine buffs; today the Bacalhoa group produces around 20 million litres of wine from 1,000 hectares of vines scattered throughout Portugal.
The wines tasted, during a lively session, were three ‘brancos’ and four ‘tintos’, including Quinta do Carmo and the flagship Quinta da Bacalhoa, both branco and tinto, all being introduced and explained by Bacalhoa’s Hugo Carvalho, who gave a very informative talk.
From the tasting, members moved on to a delicious three-course dinner of salmon and prawn terrine, beef Wellington and caramelised Millefeuille, each course being accompanied by an appropriate Bacalhoa wine, introduced again by Hugo Carvalho.
The Catarina branco was particularly popular and the Moscatel de Setubal, which accompanied the dessert, was suitably luscious.
Francisca van Zeller, Bacalhoa’s public relations manager, said that the winery would like to return to the Algarve sometime to present a different selection of their wines – something for members to look forward to.
Approximately 70 members attended the event attracted no doubt by the good reputation of Bacalhoa wines.
The Algarve Wine Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting and gala evening at Vila Sol on Febuary 22.