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Taste outstanding wines from Portugal at Decanter’s flagship Fine Wine Encounter

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November 2014, 11am – 5pm

This November, Decanter will be holding its flagship wine tasting event in London – the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter.

This prestigious tasting brings together premium wineries from all over the world in an unrivalled event of its kind. Winemakers will be flying in from Chile, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, USA, Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and many other countries to showcase their top wines. Portuguese wineries in attendance include Graham’s Port, Taylor’s and Blandy’s Madeira, each bringing an array of top wines to pour.

The tasting is held in the elegant setting of the 5-star Landmark Hotel in Marylebone and visitors are able to walk around and taste wines at their leisure. It’s an incredible opportunity to discover some of the world’s best wines and to compare stand-out wines from different countries side by side.

Tickets are only £60 for a full day of wine tasting and informal tutored tastings are also available in the Discovery Theatre. Click here to book tickets

Discover a World of Difference

We're well underway with planning our up-coming Discover a World of Difference tastings taking place in the run up to Christmas.

Held in local restaurants and wine merchants, Discover a World of Difference sees a team of helpful ambassadors, who know everything there is to know about Portugal’s beautiful wines, conduct food and wine matching events.

Following the success of the 2013 events, Discover a World of Difference will hit London and the South East this year.

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Introducing the Graham's Vintage Port Bond

If you've ever wanted to commemorate a wedding or another important family occasion by laying down a bottle of Vintage Port, you may have found this a little difficult. Vintage Port is only 'declared,' bottled and offered for sale in the spring of the second year after harvest, making it almost impossible to make a gift of Vintage Port in the year of birth or family occasion, unless done retrospectively.

Graham's Port has come up with a solution. Graham’s is now the first ever Port company to offer a ‘Vintage Port Bond’ for one case of Vintage Port in the year of the harvest, to be redeemed once the wine is bottled and shipped some 18 months later. The buyer will receive a ‘Vintage Port Bond Receipt’ and a ‘Vintage Port Bond Certificate’, the latter is gifted to the recipient complete with personalised calligraphy endorsing the case to the beneficiary.

This gives parents and godparents the opportunity to gift the Bond to the child in the actual year of birth.

The Graham’s Vintage Port Bond will be available from December 2014 through several leading UK wine merchants.

Latest Portuguese Wines to Hit the UK

Want to try some of the latest wines to be introduced to the UK from Portugal? Here are a few recommendations….

Morrisons has added two Portuguese wines to its M Signature range - M Signature Douro White and M Signature Douro Red.

With floral aromas and ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavours, M Signature Douro White is grown high up on the slopes of the Douro Valley.  Planted among winding dry stone walls in vineyards now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the blend of grapes benefit from a slightly cooler climate than those grown further down the valley's steep sides, creating a wine that's as refreshing as the breezes that cool them.

M Signature Douro Red is rich and fruity with plum and black cherry flavours and a hint of spice. Nestled between the Marào and Montemuro mountains, the striking Douro Valley is the perfect marriage of natural beauty and man's ingenuity. Dry stone walls separate rows and rows of vines as they grow in waves up the valley's steep sides. Clever planting not only creates rich, succulent grapes, but means winemakers have left their fingerprint on the landscape forever.

Both wines are available priced £7.99. Click here for more information.


Join us at Elétrico

Tuesday 18th November 2014, 7pm-11pm

Taking place at The Winemaker's Club under the Holborn Viaduct in London, Elétrico is a celebration of Portuguese culture.

Food will be served by Renato Santos, who will translate his deep passion for Portuguese cuisine into an enticing mixture of authentic petiscos (tapas). Music will come courtesy of jazz guitarist Ramiro Leite who will join electronic musician, Vasco Perreira for a special set of traditional and modern sounds from Lisbon.

A short tutored wine tasting will take place at the beginning of the evening and the wine bar will be stocked with an excellent selection of authentic Portuguese wines.

Tickets cost £25 and include a welcome drink, tutored winetasting, tapas aperitivo served throughout evening, film/video and a live music performance. Click here for more information


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