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GRAHAM'S CELEBRATES BIRTH OF PRINCE GEORGE TO PORT HARVEST

To mark the birth of the new British Prince George of Cambridge, Graham's Port bottled one Harvest 1982, the year of birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - William and Kate. The commemorative edition, very limited in terms of quantity of bottles, has a RRP of 120 €, 75 cl bottle format., And 780 €, format Jeroboam (4.5 liter bottle).

"The birth of a future king is an important milestone in the history of the UK. The Port has traditionally been selected to celebrate great occasions and therefore, a bottle of a rare and magnificent Port Wine Harvest is the best way to celebrate this milestone. This wine is a real treasure and reflects an extraordinary quality, "says Johnny Symington, director and commercial director of Symington Family Estates, the main group of Port that owns, among other Graham's house.

The Port Harvest 1982 aged for more than 30 years in oak casks avinhados in Graham's cellars.Charles Symington, winemaker, describes him as having "seductive aromas and velvety palate, with silky tannins."

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Graham's celebrates birth of Prince George to Port Harvest




Algarve and Lisbon Win World Travel Awards

Lisbon has been chosen as the number one short break destination in Europe, beating eight other finalists - London, Madrid, Paris , Rome, Venice , Dublin and Istanbul.

For the third time Lisbon won the "Best Destination for City Breaks in Europe ' awarded by the World Travel Awards (WTA) the top awards scheme in the industry, frequently referred to as the ‘Travel Oscars.’

The award was presented to the Lisbon Tourism board at a gala event held in Antalya, Turkey.

According to the founder and president of the WTA, Graham Cooke, "Turismo de Lisboa has won the gold prize which shows to consumers the continued efforts undertaken in improving the tourism products and services of the city."

The Algarve was not left out as it received the award for the best European beach destination, ahead of Cannes (France), Corfu (Greece), Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), Marbella (Spain) and Oludeniz (Turkey).

The Algarve's Vila Joya again won the prize for the best boutique resort, the best luxury resort went to the Conrad Algarve, the best Golf resort went to Hotel Quinta do Lago, and the best villa resort was won by the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel.

The prizes are awarded according to the online votes of travel professionals worldwide. The beach award therefore is based on travel professionals’ views which are starting to be influenced by the growing publicity surrounding the oil and gas drilling set to take place next year not far offshore along the Algarve’s hitherto pristine coastline.

Oil rigs and tourism are not known successfully to go together and the Algarve economy will suffer if it is viewed primarily as as a beach destination with a likelihood of oil residues and drilling chemicals being released into the currently clean waters.

The first oil-covered seabird will cost millions in lost bookings.

Most visitors find are introduced to portuguese wine in the Algarve where they come on holiday to enjoy some sun, sea, golf and great food. Portuguese wines is still hard to find on the supermarkets in Europe and LoveYourTable.com is here to provide access in UK, Germany and rest of Europe to the tasty Portuguese wines be it, Vinho Verde, Alentejo or Douro wines. If you have not yet visited the Algarve then we would certainly recommend the following destinations:

Monte Gordo

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lobo

Vilamoura

Olhos de Agua

Lagos

Sagres

All these are driving distant from Faro Airport where you can hire a car and experience the famous Portuguese tourist destination, the Algarve.




Quinta do Vallado Chosen as a Wine Supplier for the Chelsea Football Club Ground

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With Jose Mourinho moving into his new post at Stamford Bridge as manager of Chelsea Football Club, it may have helped to swindle the Portuguese wine brand Quinta do Vallado as one of the chosen wines served in the club. Quinta do Vallado in the Douro region has great wines as well as a beautiful setting along the river margins.  You can also spend the night at Quinta do Vallado and enjoy the high quality service and lifestyle offered here.

Whether you are a Chelsea fan or not you can purchase both reds and whites of this Mourinho approved tasty Portuguese wine here at your favourite Portuguese Wine Store, LoveYourTable.com 

 




Intel Makes a Wine Powered Chipset

Day three of the Intel Developer Forum is usually when the firm shows off its future projects and Chipzilla's in-house anthropologist Dr Genevieve Bell took to the keynote stage to demonstrate a processor powered by wine and mobile phones that use your gait or voice as a password.

Bell, who thanks to her Australian outback upbringing is possibly the only Intel executive who knows how to get drinkable water out of a frog (hint: it's not very good for the frog) has been studying some of the problems of mobile computing. Chief among these is power, and Bell demonstrated an extremely low-powered processor and accelerometer that was powered by a glass of wine.

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The wine glass had two electrodes that reacted with the acetic acid in red wine to produce a trickle of current. Schoolchildren have been making potato batteries for years in a similar way, but Bell wanted to demonstrate that even a tiny amount of power could run Intel silicon.

"Some people turn water into wine, here at Intel we're turning wine into electricity," Bell said. "It's possible to start to imagine a world of incredibly low power but also with high performance, which will help unburden us, help us do things that are remarkable and gives the ability to power things like constant sensing, communication, and computing – all of which are necessary for our mobile future."




Portuguese First Gin Big Boss

 

In August 2013 the Caves Neto Costa launches the first Portuguese Gin named BIG BOSS. 

 

The BIG BOSS gin, comes after more than a year of research and development of the original formula of the First National Gin "COMMODORE" fully distilled and produced in Portugal by Caves Neto Costa internationally recognized with the award "Silver Medal" , the competition Monde Selection, Bruxelles-Belgique in 1985.


Opinion about the product: First Premium Gin Portuguese. The BIG BOSS is a secret formula of 11 botanicals that are subjected to four distillations by artisanal methods, thus obtaining a special drink with a purity feature a soft aroma and a unique freshness. One of the perfect combinations to serve gin and tonic with lime peel is and juniper berries.




10% OFF all our White Wines

 

To ensure a cool Summer LoveYourTable.com has introduced a 10% discount on all our White Wines during the month of August!

And remember any purchase of €100 or £80 is eligible for FREE SHIPPING as well.

Enjoy!




Angola accounts for over 40 percent of Portuguese wine exports

 

“Angola is, without doubt, the main market for Portuguese wines in terms of exports,” Anunciação told Portuguese news agency Lusa on the sidelines of the 5th annual Portuguese wine tasting event in Angola.

The event brought together hundreds of people and 80 wine producers who presented more than 400 wines from all of Portugal’s demarcated regions.

Noting that in 2012 Angola had bought around 680,000 hectolitres from Portuguese wine producers, Anunciação said that for Portuguese producers the Angolan market was of growing importance. Last year, for example, the market posted growth of 16.8 percent by value and 9 percent by volume year on year.

“These figures show that not only is consumption of Portuguese wine growing but that the trend is to consume better quality wine,” the manager said, adding that Vinhos de Portugal planned growth of 19 percent in value by 2014.

This annual wine tasting event was held just 24 hors after wine company Sogrape Vinhos also hosted a similar event in Luanda, presenting wines from the demarcated region of Douro, in northern Portugal.

Source: MacauHub




Portuguese wines awarded in Muscats du Monde 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portuguese wines achieved 7 medals, 5 gold and 3 silver medals in the 2013 Muscats du Monde Challenge. Portugal got the second place in the most awarded countries list.


Also two Portuguese wines were featured in the challenge best 10 wines, such as: Moscatel do Douro Reserva Doc 2007 from Adega Cooperativa de Favaios and Moscatel Roxo Setúbal Doc 2009 from SIVIPA, Sociedade Vinícola de Palmela.

The Muscats du Monde 13th edition occurred between 4th and 5th July in France. 224 wines (from 24 countries) produced from Muscat grape variety were in competition and reviewed by 55 international wine experts.

Here’s the Portuguese wines result:

Gold Medals
Moscatel do Douro DOC 2007 - Reserva - ADEGA COOPERATIVA DE FAVAIOS
Moscatel Roxo Setúbal DOC 2009 - SIVIPA
Moscatel de Setúbal DO - VENANCIO DA COSTA LIMA
Moscatel do Douro DOC 1989 - ADEGA COOPERATIVA DE FAVAIOS
Moscatel Superior 2003 Setúbal DO - CASA ERMELINDA FREITAS

Silver Medals
Moscatel Roxo Setúbal DO - Colecção Privada Domingos Soares Franco 2004 - JOSE MARIA DE FONSECA VINHOS
Moscatel Roxo Setúbal DO 2001- BACALHOA - VINHOS DE PORTUGAL




The Vinho Verde Drinking Game

I am not sure if this is the best method to promote Vinho Verde but find out how drunk you get drinking Vinho Verde vs other alcoholic beverages.  

http://www.vinhoverde.pt/en/beberqb/default.asp

The 0.5 red line indicates the portuguese limit for alcohol concentration in your blood and apparently I can drink half a litre of Vinho Verde during a meal and still be under the limit!? Good thing the campaign is called "Drinking Wisely"!?




Portugal was distinguished with three special awards at the International Wine Challenge 2013

The wine Justino's Madeira Verdelho 1954 from producer Justino's Madeira Wines was declared, in the Champion Wine Awards category, the IWC Champion Fortified Wine 2013.

In the category of "IWC Special Awards", the red wine Dona Georgina 2005 from the producer Quinta de Lemos won the 2013 James Rogers Trophy, awarded to the best wine in the first year of production, and the producer Henriques & Henriques won the Len Evans Trophy 2013 awarded for the consistency over 5 years.

Portuguese wines had already been awarded, in May, 57 gold medals, 200 silver and 285 bronze medals and, within the wines awarded with gold medals, 12 were further distinguished with International Trophies and National Trophies.

The wines were tasted by a panel of nearly 400 judges from various countries.

 

Source: AICEP





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