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Spain and Portugal go head-to-head: a Tempranillo face off

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In the fourth of my Iberian Nights at Trangallan Spain v Portugal vinous head-to-heads, we deviate from a regional theme to go varietal.

The theme

Grown the length and breadth of the country Tempranillo is widely regarded as Spain’s lead grape variety, not least since it’s a major player in Rioja and the exclusive variety for Ribera del Duero.
In Portugal (where it’s known as Tinta Roriz in the north and Aragones in the south) the grape is quite temperamental and usually best blended.  So it will be interesting to see if Portugal can maintain the lead it gained over Spain at last month’s head to head between Portugal’s Vinho Verde & Spain’s Galicia (Portugal currently leads 2:1).  I am taking a risk!!!!!

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The format

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

There’ll be an extra wine to enjoy over supper from the country which tops the voting 

I am very sure that Xabi won’t be playing it safe with Rioja and Ribero del Duero – he’s unearthed plenty of hidden treasures already.  As for my candidates, here they are:

  • Valle Pradinhos Porta Velha 2011 (DOC Trás-os-Montes)
  • Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Aragones da Peceguina 2009 (VR Alentejano)
  • Sonho Lusitano Vinhos Pedra Basta 2009 (VR Alentejano)
  • Lavradores de feitoria Meruge 2011 (DOC Douro)
  • Quinta do Portal Tinta Roriz 2009 (DOC Douro)
I reckon it’ll be fun to try single varietal wines and blends from two of the prinicipal Portuguese regions that work with Tinta Roriz/Aragones – a chance to explore preferences for blends or single varietal as well as Spanish or Portuguese wines.

Date

The Tempranillo face off kicks off at 7pm on Tuesday, 2 September.

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Tickets

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 alix@trangallan.com.

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