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Portugal sets its sights on pushing quality

Published:  11 June, 2013

As Portuguese wines gain steadier ground in the UK, Carol Emmas asks what the country needs to do to attract a wider audience

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Memorial service for Michael Symington CBE in London on May 31

Published:  23 May, 2013

The Symington family is holding a memorial service for Michael Symington in London on May 31.

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Mike Matthews on Stevens Garnier's Portuguese portfolio

Published:  17 May, 2013

Portuguese wines are good, fact! I'm not entirely sure why I tend to ignore them at trade events.

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Places running out for Wines of Portugal Wine Academy

Published:  30 April, 2013

Rising demand for Portuguese wine in the UK means places are filling up fast for the Wines of Portugal Wine Academy tastings being held, in association with Harpers Wine & Spirit, in June.

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Four new Sogrape red wines for Stevens Garnier

Published:  18 March, 2013

Stevens Garnier is taking on four red wines from Sogrape's Casa Ferreirinha "House of Little Ferreira" in the Douro valley, which were shown to the trade at last week's Wines of Portugal tasting in London.

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Round table: Vinho Verde uncovered

Published:  15 March, 2013

Harpers and Vinho Verde hosted a round table to assess the region's potential as a producer of food-friendly wines

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Wines of Portugal and Harpers launch Wines of Portugal Academy

Published:  22 February, 2013

Anyone interested in Portuguese wine has the chance to learn more at a new academy being set up by Wines of Portugal, in association with Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Michael Symington: a tribute

Published:  31 January, 2013

Michael Symington, the senior member of the Symington Port family died earlier this week. Here his son Paul, chairman of Symington Family Estates, gives his personal tribute.

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Charles Metcalfe creates recipes for Portuguese wine

Published:  28 January, 2013

TV wine and food critic Charles Metcalfe has created six recipes to be paired with Tagus Creek wines from Portuguese producer Falua.

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TV wine and food critic Charles Metcalfe has created six recipes to be paired with Tagus Creek wines from Portuguese producer Falua.

 

Metcalfe, co-author of the Wine & Food Lover's Guide to Portugal, has created the recipes to specifically match three of the wines in the Tagus Creek range. The recipes can be accessed on a smart phone by scanning the QR codes on the bottle labels.

 

Each bottle carries a promotional neck label with a list of ingredients and a picture of Metcalfe, who has presented food and wine items on This Morning and Richard & Judy.

 

The recipes include salmon with lemon mayonnaise, to be eaten with Tagus Creek Chardonnay & Fernão Pires and herb crusted venison to be paired with its Shiraz & Trincadeira blend.

 

"The concept of matching food to wine, rather than wine to food, really appealed to me. I started off by analysing the taste profile of the Tagus Creek range in depth before testing different flavours alongside each wine with a group of consumers to get a balanced view," said Metcalfe.

 

Luis de Castro, Board Director at Falua, said: "What better way for us to bring the wines to life than to create something that invites our consumers to interact with the wine, and which they can access instantly when they pick up the wines in store.

 

"We were delighted to work with Charles, who has such a huge knowledge not just of Portuguese wines, but also of our entire gastronomic culture. We hope this will generate even more excitement about the Portuguese category moving forwards."

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Portugal buyers' trip: Bob McDonald

Published:  17 December, 2012

Last to write about his experience on the Harpers buyers' trip through Portugal's Alentejo, Tejo and Peninsula de Setúbal regions, is Corks Out's Bob McDonald, who tells Harpers why it's the indigenous varieties and not the international ones that float his regional boat.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Peter Ingram

Published:  14 December, 2012

On the back of the Harpers buyers' trip through Portugal's Alentejo, Tejo and Peninsula de Setúbal regions, Peter Ingram, buyer for Vagabond Wines, tells Harpers what stood out for him and why he sees the indigenous variety as the country's strength.

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Portugal buyers' trip: Jess Lomas

Published:  13 December, 2012

On the back of the Harpers Portuguese buyers' trip Jess Lomas, manager of Peckhams Glasgow tells us what stood out for her and what she learned from visiting the Alentejo, Tejo and Península de Setúbal regions.

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Barwell & Jones to distribute Esporão wines

Published:  03 December, 2012

Barwell & Jones is to distribute and market Esporão wines in the UK.

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João Portugal Ramos releases exclusive wines

Published:  22 November, 2012

Portuguese producer João Portugal Ramos has launched a premium Albariño, to be stocked exclusively by Marks & Spencer, and a red called F'OZ, to be stocked by Waitrose.

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Up to producers to promote Portugal

Published:  15 November, 2012

Portugal needs to shout about its wines more and grow a solid identity through links to its produce, according to UK wine buyers.

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Jancis Robinson scoops award for services to Portuguese wine

Published:  26 October, 2012

Jancis Robinson MW has picked up an award for her services to Portuguese wine from the ambassador to the UK.

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Olly Smith to select 50 Great Portuguese Wines

Published:  24 October, 2012

Wines of Portugal has announced wine writer and TV personality Olly Smith will select the 50 Great Portuguese Wines 2013.

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Anne Krebiehl looks at opportunities for Fonseca port with Fladgate's Adrian Bridge

Published:  23 October, 2012

"We've always described Fonseca as a more voluptuous style of Port: it has this big structure, this big weight of fruit," explains Adrian Bridge, managing director of the Fladgate Partnership which incorporates the houses of Taylor, Fonseca and Croft.

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European Commission lends weight to minimum pricing opposition

Published:  02 October, 2012

The European Commission has added its weight to the list of countries that have objected to Scotland's plans for minimum unit pricing.

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European Commission lends weight to minimum pricing opposition

Published:  02 October, 2012

The European Commission has added its weight to the list of countries that have objected to Scotland's plans for minimum unit pricing.

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