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Teddington Wine Society explores Portugal

by | Apr 12, 2016 | Teddington Wine Society | 0 comments

There was a phenomenal turnout of over 50 people for Teddington Wine Society’s tasting of Portuguese wines last Friday.

Excited by the prospect of an eclectic, wide ranging tasting of indigenous grapes and an exploration of some of the lesser known valleys and regions, we took over the main stage of the Landmark rather than cram into the Bell Room!

Portuguese wines have improved out of all recognition over the last 20 years and yet have remained loyal to a huge diversity of local grapes rather than pursue the easy charms of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We kicked off with some White Port from Quinta do Infantado. Refreshing, medium sweet and served lightly chilled it is a wonderful alternative aperitif.

Our tasting then took a tour around some of Portugals wine regions encompassing a white field blend from Dao, a delicious Bairrada red from the famous Dr Luis Pato and a refreshing Vinho Verde from the Minho.

We carried onto to an exclusive wine from the Alentejo called Sidecar. Made by esteemed winemaker Susana Esteban in conjunction with the esteemed Dirk Niepoort – only 1500 bottles were made.

A final highlight was a Magnum of Redoma 2006 from Niepoort. Utterly declicious red wine from the Douro Valley that really showed how good it can get!

No Portugal tasting is complete without some Port and the Quinta do Infantado 10 year old Tawny was the ideal finish with a little piece of chocolate.

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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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