Wed 07 Dec 2011

Doing It Since 1874

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Richard Mayson of Sonho Lusitano pours his Pedra Basta 2008 for members

Richard Mayson of Sonho Lusitano pours his Pedra Basta 2008 for members

The Society was founded on excess stocks of Portuguese wine following the International Exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in 1874.

137 years later we have gone back to our roots – 49 Portuguese wines, accompanied by many winemakers, were poured for 350 members and guests at Merchant Taylors’ Hall last week. The place was buzzing, and we had to extend the finish time of the tasting, such was the enthusiasm among the tasters!

From Minhão in the north to Alentejo in the south, by way of Dão, Douro and Lisboa, among other regions, every shade of red, white and rosé, plus Port and Madeira, were on show. We are most grateful to the growers and their representatives for making the journey to the UK purely for this event.

Many of the wines feature in our current Portuguese offer (which runs until 15th December).

Raymond Reynolds, the country’s top importer of Portuguese wines summed up the enthusiasm of the growers concerning working with The Society (and we have to concur!):

“Q – Where else in the UK does Portugal get 350 good and keen people pitching up to taste?
“A – Nowhere.”

For information about our Tastings & Events for early 2012, check out our Tastings & Events pages. And if you were at the Portuguese tasting, tell us about your particular favourites.

Ewan Murray
Head of Tastings & Events

Categories : Port, Portugal, Wine Tastings

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