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Bringing the Dão region to the Algarve

The Algarve Wine Society held a wine tasting event at Barringtons, Vale do Lobo where David Grindley presented nine different Dão wines.

Dão wines are quite unique in Portugal and well worth discovering. The tasting began with three white wines, including two exquisite single varietals: a malvasia fina from Quinta das Maias and an encruzado from Quinta dosCarvalhais.

David then moved on to the reds, presenting six different wines that illustrated the different kinds of grapes used in that region – most notably touriga nacional, tinta roriz and jaen.

The stars were probably the Grão Vasco garrafeira 1999 and the Quinta dos Carvalhais colheita 2002, but all nine had particular admirers. The tasting was followed by a dinner prepared by Barringtons chef Ben and a raffle, offering 10 different prizes of wine, including two cases of six bottles, which was very well supported.

The Algarve Wine Society’s final event of 2007 will be its traditional Christmas lunch, this year on December 12 at the Orangerie at Vila Monte. Next year’s programme will kick off with a tasting in late January, followed by the AGM and gala black tie dinner on March 1.

For further information, contact Larry Hampton, Quinta da Mesquita, Cerro da Mesquita C.P. 310-A, 8150-025 São Brás de Alportel (e-mail: [email protected]).

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