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BEST KEPT SECRET OF TEJO GETS FAMOUS

In May 2012, I wrote some lines about what was my most interesting discovery during my last trip to Portugal (as jury member at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012, Guimarães). I even called it ‘THE BEST KEPT SECRET’ … Well, it seems that not only internationally, but also locally in the TEJO region, this […]

A VISIT TO AMORIM (2)…

* Please read also the first part of this article before this one * THE VISIT Whatever the kind of product is, it is always interesting to follow the process from raw product to end-product. The visit was perfectly organized. No ‘forbidden areas’, no exaggerated marketing blah blah but simple and clear information. I have […]

A VISIT TO AMORIM (1)…

After 2 days of round trips, tastings, workshops, presentations, lunches and dinners in the Vinho Verde region and 3 days of judging, lunches, visits in the Vinho Verde and Douro regions, presentations and (gala) dinners… the whole ‘family’ of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012 was reduced to a small group which could not even […]

QUINTA DA ALORNA (TEJO)… BEST KEPT SECRET?

Please read previous articles about Portugal During the 19th edition of the CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES in Guimarães, a great tasting was organized by WINES OF PORTUGAL at the PAÇO DOS DUQUES DE BRAGANÇA. A big amount of wineries was presenting a selection of their wines to the jurors and staff of the Concours Mondial. […]

AROUND THE 19th CONCOURS MONDIAL IN PORTUGAL (9) – TOURISM & GASTRONOMY

Please read previous and next articles During the 19th edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, jurors and staff visited different regions, cities and monuments in the Minho (Vinho Verde) and Douro (Douro, Port) regions. I especially enjoyed the visit, the tasting and the fantastic lunch at the QUINTA SANTA MARIA in Carreira (Barcelos). Among […]