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Learn about the Wines of Portugal

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 at 9:49 am in Uncategorized.

Organizers of trade tastings can be smart, or really foolish. If you want to familiarize the wine media and trade with an underrepresented region, you usually hold a tasting in the afternoon, always in the City, provide munchies and education, and by 5 p.m., you can call it a day.

But if you want to familiarize the consumer – the most important receiver in the wine industry, if you ask me – with that new or underrepresented wine region, you can easily extend the tasting into the evening, charge, and turn it into a benefit. Such is the case with a tasting at the Palace Hotel in SF on April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It’s focus is Portuguese reds.

ViniPortugal, the Portuguese Trade & Tourism Office, and the Port and Duoro Wines Institute are holding a tasting of more than 400 Portuguese wines and ports by more than 48 producers. The tasting benefits Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation and the suggested donation of $25 will be taken at the door. The charity is the nation’s largest culinary benefit supporting the effort to end childhood hunger in America. All the proceeds will go to the charity.

For those (like me!) eager to sharpen their knowledge of Portuguese wines, the “Keys to Understanding Portugal’s Major Grape Varietals” seminar will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made at or by phone at 800-871-9012, ext. 24552#.

The producers:

Adega Cartuxa – Fundação Eugénio de Almeida
Azamor / Kilburn & Gomes
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal, S.A.
Campolargo Vinhos
Casa Agrícola Alexandre Relvas
Casa Cadaval
Casa de Vila Verde
Casa Santa Vitória
Casa Santos Lima _ Companhia das Vinhas, S.A.
Caves da Cerca
Caves São João
Caves Vidigal, S.A.
Cortes de Cima
DFJ Vinhos, Lda.
Douro Family Estates
Fiùza & Bright
Herdade do Meio
Herdade do Esporão
Herdade dos Coelheiros
Herdade Grande
Herdade Outeiro da Esquila Vinhos, Lda
J. Portugal Ramos – Vinhos, Lda
José Maria da Fonseca Vinhos, S.A.
Júlio Tassara de Bastos – Dona Maria Vinhos
Manoel D. Poças Junior – Vinhos
Monte da Capela
Monte do Traveo
Monte Seis Reis
Montez Champalimaud, Lda
Monte Novo e Figueirinha
Quinta and Vineyards Bottlers
Quinta da Alorna
Quinta da Cortezia
Quinta da Lagoalva de Cima
Quinta de Ventozelo
Quinta do Carmo
Quinta do Portal
Quinta do Quetzal
Real Companhia Velha
Soc. Agrícola Encosta do Guadiana
Soc. Agrícola D. Diniz (Ravasqueira)
Soc. Agrícola Santar
Soc. Vinhos Borges
Sogevinus Fine Wines (Barros and Cálem)
Sogevinus Fine Wines (Burmester)
Sogrape Vinhos
Symington Family Estates, Lda.
Terras de Alter Companhia de Vinhos
Vicente Leite Faria Vinhos
VDS – Vinhos Douro Superior
Wiese & Krohn

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