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Join us for Iberian Nights at Trangallan: a Portugal -v- Spain fortified tasting

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Wood-aged fortifieds: Madeira’s unique process of evaporation & oxygenation in canteiro (barrel)

The fifth, final Iberian Nights at Trangallan tasting of the year on 9 December will be a most suitable finale focusing, as it does, on wood-aged fortifieds.  These vinous works of time are amongst the most delicious, complex wines on earth and, where the art of oxidative ageing and blending reaches its apogee in Spain and Portugal, they are the go to countries for world class fortifieds.  Suffice to say this is going to be an epic, not to be missed head-to-head!

The line up

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I’m champing at the bit to share with you some top drops having just returned from Madeira and Oporto with some of my star performers in the bag for our tasting. Here’s my line up (with big thanks to Henriques & Henriques, Andresen & Barros whose generosity meant I did not have to double the ticket price):

Henriques & Henriques Single Harvest Sercial 2001 Madeira – this super dry, super kelpy Sercial was one of my picks of the Annual Madeira Tasting in London this year and last.

Barbeito 10 Year Old Boal Madeira – Barbeito’s signature elegance shines through in this 10 Year Old Boal, a favourite variety which ever so tangily treads the finest of lines between sweet and sour.

Andresen 10 Year Old White Port – the first to register an age-dated White Port, Andresen are at the vanguard of this relatively new category.  I’m looking forward to showing you this wine alongside a 10 Year Old Tawny.  A Portuguese head-to-head within our Spain v Portugal head-to-head!

Warre’s 10 Year Old Otima Tawny Port – this trophy bagger is among the category’s most elegant so it’ll be interesting to pair this red grapes’ 10 Year Old with Andresen’s white grapes’ 10 Year Old. (By the way this keenly priced at full price Tawny is included in Tesco’s 25% off deal and is 20% off at Waitrose.

Barros 1974 Colheita Port – how I do love salt caramel and, if you are similarly inclined, this 40 year old single vintage Tawny Port will blow your socks off!  The last word in mellifluous!

Trangállan, one of the Sommelier Wine Awards’ “proven star performers,” entered Imbibe’s Hall of Fame this year.  Co-founder Xabier Álvarez-Valdés will be presenting the following sherries from Trangállan’s stunning Sherry range:

Manzanilla Amontilllada Cuevas Jurado (Almacenista) Wine – to show the saline/mineral character of the wines from coastal town Sanlucar

“Almacenista” Valdespino Tio Diego – Amontillado from the famous”Marchamudo Alto”plot.

Valdespino Palo Cortado Calle Ponce – This solera is fed from the Tio Diego – fom the fino they produce.  The wine is around 25 years old.

Oloroso Juan Garcia Jarana (Almacenista marketed by Lustau) Pata de Gallina – wines with this high glycerol are chalk-marked as Hen’s foot and this is the only one Xabi knows in the market.

Oloroso El Maestro Sierra 1/14 VORS – a classic Oloroso with amazing concentration and complexity after 50 years.

The format

As before Xabier and I shall present ten wines from Spain and Portugal in five Spain -v- Portugal head-to-head pairs.

We’ll take votes on the best wine from each “round” and there’ll be an extra wine to enjoy over supper from the country which tops the voting.

Date, time

The tasting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, 9 December at Trangallan.


Previously at Trangallan we enjoyed...

Previously at Trangallan we enjoyed…

Iberian Nights at Trangallan are an informal, intimate affair with only 15 tickets available for each evening.

Tickets cost £36 – an out and out bargain for this tasting of 10 wines followed by a 3 course supper (the last menu pictured).

Contact Alix at Trangallan for tickets on 0207.359.4988 or by email at


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