Portuguese wines tasting

Wine tasting of inland Portuguese reds of Beira Interior had a lot of success in Barcelona this fall. It is the less known wine region that has been recently gaining its fans all over the world!


Have you heard about mono varietal Rufete wines from Portugal? – If not, no wonder, because it is a local grape variety planted in the wine region of Beiras that would already be extinguished by now if not recovered by some Portuguese producers. One of them is Quinta dos Termos who have been working together with the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture for this to happen.

In Jancis Robinson’s book “Wine Grapes” this family wine producer is a reference for Rufete variety! This hard to grow, late ripening variety gives extremely aromatic, and nicely structured wines that can age very well, often compared with Pinot Noir.

During our tasting we came to conclusion that 100% Rufete expressed in Reserva Talhão da Serra 2014 is perfect both for summer and as an aperitif, being a delicate and elegant wine.

Other stars of the evening were

✅  A really sui generis portuguese wines blend Colheita Selecionada 2008 🍇: trincadeira+tinta roriz+touriga nacional+rufete which became the wine of yesterday night with 8 votes out of 15! 🍷👏

✅  100% Tinto Cao which is very rare to find as a mono varietal wine! Some strong Tinto Cão apologists found the Escolha 2008 very special!


Island wines tasting

Island wines tasting combined one of the most representative wines of 3 islands:  Sardinia, Sicily and Tenerife!

✅  Cannonau di Sardegna DOC by a family winery Audarya has become wine of the evening with 7 voted out of 14! 👏👏👏🍷🍷🍷

No wonder, it is called the king of Sardinian winemaking! Cannonau a.k.a. Grenache is a noble and loved, powerful yet elegant variety.  It is claimed that its homeland is a picturesque Sardinia island and some recent researches actually confirm that it was spread from Sardinia to Aragon and not the other way around.

Cannonau is also associated with longevity of Sardinians who keep minds sharp even in their 90s. Maybe, because Cannonau seems to have the highest levels of polyphenol antioxidants of any wine?
Whatever it is, you will definitely enjoy its intense character!

✅  Second place was taken by Sicily with Mandragola Frappato 100% 2014 by Paolo Cali. This family of wine makers owns 15ha of organic vineyards in Contrada Salme and uses traditional cultivating techniques like hoeing, hand pruning and harvest.

✅  Even so, Listan Blanco by Bodegas Tajinaste from Tenerife has won some winelovers hearts!


Burgundy wines tasting

Our Burgundy wines tasting in Barcelona gathered wine lovers from many countries!

All together we enjoyed the exclusive selection of some affordable Pinot Noir wines with an excellent value from Côtes de Nuits and Montagny Prémier Cru Chardonnay! 🍷🍷🍷