November 18, 2010 0

Drinking wine for Charity – Pass the Portugal…

By in Tasting, The Butler Wine-Show

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the wonderful world class Hanover Community Hall in cosmopolitan Brighton, here’s me roped into a charity tasting event in aid of Marie Curie and Martlets Hospice – worthy cancer charities both.

The theme for the evening was Portugal because people don’t tend to know a lot about the wines, partly as they tend to be marketed by the regions not the grape varieties.

I picked a Vale Da Murta (arinto grape) which is a light white and a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

Then there’s the blend from Duoro called Drink Me with a cartoon label by Steve Appleby. It looks cheap, and at under £10 it sort of is, but it tastes great, especially with meat.

I also pulled out a Madeira where you’ve four grapes to look out for depending on your taste and I’ll run through them. Its a great wine: works as an aperif, after din-dins with cheese, or even with a game dish as a Brucie Bonus.

Finally, play the game and see if you can guess which one is my wife.

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