In a bid to show French people that “Portuguese wines are among the best in the world”, a new wine show entitled ‘Le Salon du Vin Portugais’ will be held in Paris, France next weekend (June 4-6).
Organiser Roméo de Amorim came up with the idea following a conversation with sommelier Michaël Morais in which they discussed why “Portuguese wines aren’t very well-known in France”.
“When people speak about Portuguese wines in France, they speak about low-quality wines. Our idea is to show them that they are actually some of the greatest wines in the world,” he told Lusa.
The show will be held at the French capital’s Parc Foral and involve 85 exhibitors.
“We will have producers from all the regions of Portugal,” de Amorim said, adding that after France, Portugal is the country with the “greatest wine diversity”.
The event will also feature a wine competition that will award the “best white Port, red Port, Madeira, and red, white, rosé, sparkling and green wines.”
Sommelier Morais, who works at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, said there will also be “masterclasses” that will pair Portuguese wines with French cheeses.
He added that it won’t be hard to woo French palates, as grapes from both countries are similar.
Morais compared Portugal’s Touriga Nacional to France’s Cabernet Franc Bordeaux, Baga to Pinot Noir and Alvarinho to Sauvignon Sancerre White.
For more information on the event, visit http://salonduvinportugais.pt/