Visitors to Portugal will know that this fantastic country offers some of the most interesting food in Europe, and produces amazing and unusual wines. But whilst most restaurant menus will come with an English translation of the dishes, the wine list never does.
What do you do if you don’t know your Aragonês from your Tinta Roriz?* Newcomers to Lisbon may well find themselves confused by an unpronounceable or unfamiliar wine list or poleaxed by the Portuguese language. Portugal has more than a dozen distinct wine producing regions and an incredible diversity of wine styles - not to mention a huge number of unique and fascinating grape varieties. Unsurprisingly, the Portuguese make some of the finest and most interesting wines in the world. But it's never been easy to navigate a national wine list this extensive. Until now…
An exciting new concept in wine tasting, One Hour Wine, which launches this month, provides the answer to decoding a Portuguese wine list. Unlocking the secrets to the wonderful world of Portuguese wine, viticulturist and skilled winemaker Miles Edlmann takes you on a one hour guided tasting tour of Portuguese wines from one end of the country to the other, via the Islands; from the Algarve to Vinho Verde. In just one hour you can discover how to read a wine list like an expert, learn which regions and grape varieties you like most, from Alfrocheiro to Zé do Telheiro, and match the wine perfectly with the food on the menu.
One Hour Wine runs a series of pop-up wine courses in Lisbon and beyond, all of which include professionally guided tastings of key wines, that will tell you everything you need to know about Portugal's fascinating wine culture and turn you into an instant expert.
The One Hour Wine interactive, stand-alone wine course provides you with all the tools you need in order to know exactly what to expect from any bottle. In short, One Hour Wine teaches you how to read a wine list like a local. This unmissable experience uses slides, film, handouts and plenty of wine tasting (of course) to focus on three main areas:
· Discover Portugal's 14 wine producing regions and their different wine styles.
· Understand the star grape varieties from each region, and what they contribute to a wine's identity.
· Suggested food and wine pairings for popular dishes.
Obviously, it's not all talk - questions are very much encouraged. During the course you will also taste and discuss a range of wines specially chosen to illustrate key characteristics of the grapes and regions, guided by your professional winemaker (who may even have made some of these amazing wines himself!).
“Miles really knows the vineyards, grapes and wines of Portugal. His attention to detail is second to none. He is passionate about his subject, communicating his considerable knowledge with eloquence and enthusiasm. You are sure to learn about Portuguese wines from Miles.”
Richard Mayson – author Port and the Douro, Madeira: the Islands and their Wines, The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal, www.richardmayson.com
“There is no one better equipped to paint the Portuguese wine picture for you than Miles. A great raconteur, palate and technical wine specialist, he will be happy to share his vast knowledge with one and all, leaving his charges with a complete picture of Portuguese wine culture and its vinous landscape.”
Matthew Jukes – Daily Mail, MoneyWeek, www.matthewjukes.com
“Miles has an incredible knowledge of Portugal’s wine regions and its wines. He is also an excellent communicator and often approaches his subject from unusual and humorous angles, but he is always extremely well informed and intelligent.”
Paul Symington – Decanter Man of the Year
A One Hour Wine session starts from €20 per person. For upcoming events in Lisbon and to sign up for your place visit the website at http://www.onehourwine.pt.
One Hour Wine also offers private events for groups which can be tailored to your exact preferences. Whether you wish to explore a particular style of wine or grape, or focus on and even compare specific regions or varieties, Miles can create a unique, personalised experience to satisfy the most curious of wine buffs. A One Hour Wine session also makes an ideal addition to a private dinner party, birthday or pre-wedding celebration, for hen and stag weekends and for corporate entertaining, including away days and team building events. One Hour Wine can also come to you – anywhere in Portugal.**
To learn more and book your place visit http://www.onehourwine.pt.
*BTW - it is the same grape variety, of course! Aragonês in the south, Tinta Roriz in the north and also known as Tempranillo across the border in Spain.
**At additional cost.
ABOUT MILES EDLMANN:
Miles Edlmann has lived in Portugal all his life, where his family has been growing grapes and making wine for over 150 years. He studied viticulture at the University of Adelaide, where he graduated top of his class, and then stayed on to qualify as a winemaker too.
Since then he has amassed nearly 20 years of top-end experience in the Portuguese wine industry, in the vineyards and the wineries of some of the oldest, largest and most prestigious wine companies in the country. At one point he found himself managing an area of vineyard equivalent to one third of all the vines in England.
As a winemaker he has produced three wines scoring 97 points (including from the Wine Spectator) and won the International Wine Challenge Single Quinta Vintage Port Trophy.
Much sought-after as a wine communicator, he trained the visitor centre guides who won Best of Wine Tourism from Great Wine Capitals. He has three publications to his name, two scientific and one seminal article debunking the myth of organic viticulture. He holds the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits.
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