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Portuguese grape varietals explained

The Algarve Wine Society, for their first event in 2011, were privileged to have Jorge Bohm, the author of Portugal Vitícola O Grande Livro das Castas, come to talk about his research into the Portuguese native varietals.

After a short historical introduction and explanation as to why Portugal was in the forefront of worldwide viniculture by the end of the Middle Ages, members were able to taste and compare six of the Castas de Elite, namely Arinto, Verdelho, Trincadeira, Tinta-Barroca, Touriga-Franca and Touriga-Nacional.

All the wines were provided by Quinta da Plansel in Montemor-O-Novo, where Jorge’s daughter Dorina Lindemann is the oenologist and winemaker.

Michael Berger presenting a raffle prize to a delighted Carol Edge
Michael Berger presenting a raffle prize to a delighted Carol Edge

Following the tasting, members enjoyed a three-course dinner expertly prepared by Executive Chef Ricardo at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura.

After the dinner, Jorge Bohm was kept busy autographing copies of his book that were purchased by members.

The Algarve Wine Society’s spring programme continues with its Annual General Meeting, followed by a Gala Dinner-Dance on Saturday, February 19, at the Vila Vita Parc in Porches.

In March, there will be a tasting of Santa Vitoria wines and in April there will be a Swiss-themed gourmet dinner prepared by Swiss chef Cedric Blanc at the Jardim do Vale restaurant in Almancil.

Jorge Bohm with John Perera and Michael Berger with Jorge’s book
Jorge Bohm with John Perera and Michael Berger with Jorge’s book

Membership in the Algarve Wine Society is at its upper limit, and there is a waiting list, but if you would like further information about the Society and its activities, please contact the Secretary, Larry Hampton, by email on [email protected]