Join me – Vinho Verde Tasting London, May 15th
A week on Monday I’ll be presenting a Vinho Verde tasting for the press and trade over lunch at Skylon restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall. The aim is to show that, these days, Vinho Verde comes in a wide range of guises from the classic off dry quaffer with spritz to more serious, dry wines of intensity which can be paired with a range of food dishes.
Take the part-barrel fermented in chesnut/partial malolactic Alvarinho I’ll be showing with roasted corn fed chicken breast. Intrigued? I can’t extend an invitation to lunch, but the wines I’ll be presenting and a good many more will be shown in the evening at a tasting open to the public, including* this surprising Vinho Verde (pictured below right) from a vineyard at 600m – one of my May Wines of the Month. [*Apologies, just informed Quinta do Ferro will not be present 10/5/17]
Come and discover the Alvarinhos which thrilled my Arblaster & Clarke group last month from Quinta de Soalheiro and some new Vinho Verde super singles, like Avesso, Azal and Arinto as well as Loureiro, classic blends, sparkling, red and rosé Vinho Verde.
I’ll be on hand, presenting a series of Wine 101 pop up tastings. After eight, you can put Vinho Verde to the food test yourself with a complimentary glass of Vinho Verde over dinner at Skylon – click here to book tickets and for details about dinner reservations.
Here’s a peek at our lunch menu (and wine matches) by way of temptation:
Aperitif : Quinta da Lixa QL Flowers 2016
Starter: Salmon Ceviche with grapefruit, celery and lime with coriander cress
Adega de Ponte de Lima Loureiro 2016 & Quinta de Linhares Azal 2016
Fish course: Roasted sea trout, peas a la Française and crispy Parma ham
Covela Edição Nacional Avesso 2015 & Adega de Monção Deu la Deu Alvarinho 2016
Meat course: Roasted corn fed Chicken breast ,broad beans, green asparagus, chicken skin
Quinta de Soalheiro Terramatter Alvarinho 2015
Dessert: Poached rhubarb, fresh strawberries, apple granite and baby basil
Quinta das Arcas Arca Nova Rosé 2016