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You would expect a vineyard based restaurant to provide a selection of superlative food matched perfectly with the estates wines. The Esporão Estate in Portugal doesn’t disappoint. A meal highlight during the European Wine Bloggers Conference tour out to the Alentejo; Gabriella later informed me they hold a coveted Michelin Star…

The four course set menu comprised the following:

Cold Partridge Salad In Marinade matched with the delicate, rose and strawberry hinting Vinha da Defesa Rosé 2008. A 13.5% mix of Aragonês and Syrah vinificated with the “Blanc Noir” method. [Adegga / Snooth]

A delectable Dogfish Soup – they are big on soup in Portugal – with the crisp, peachy, waxy, grapefruit acidity, lightly oaked Esporão Reserve White (a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro with 14% alcohol) [Adegga / Snooth]
Loin of Wild Boar with Plum Sauce matched with the delicious Esporão Reserve Red 2007. A blend of Aragonês, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante Bouschet with 14.5% alcohol. [Adegga / Snooth] A complex palate that cries out for a juicy meat dish such as this Wild Boar.

And for a dessert a Boiled Pear in Private Selection White Wine matched with a late harvest Semillon simply labeled as Late Harvest 2008. [Adegga / Snooth] A lovely wine offering hints of orange, peach and other fruits but nulled a little by the ice-cream served with the pear.

A charming selection of wines from an interesting, large, estate. Shame the wines do not seem to be available in the UK! Post lunch I annoyingly missed out on buying a bottle of the estates olive oil too…

esporao: Cold Partridge Salad In Marinade
esporao - dogfish soup
esporao - loin of wild boar with plum sauce
esporao - boiled pear in private selection wine

3 Comments »

  1. Chris Piper says:

    Please note that a number of Esporao wines are available through Christopher Piper Wines of
    Ottery St. Mary, Devon ( http://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk )
    These include the two Reservas, the Monte Velho white, the Touriga Nacional and Verdelho.

  2. Oh excellent! Thanks for letting us know…

  3. Salamander says:

    This is what we call a fine meal. It looks so delicious. As you know each kind of food has his own type of wine. Once i read an article about the wine Vs. french cuisine It helped me to orientate in this sphere. Then I came across your blog and was really impressed by the ammount of really useful information.
    Thank you for the website!

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