The first in a series of monthly wine dinners hosted at Portuguese wine bar and restaurant Bar Douro. Johnny Graham, founder of Churchill's Port will be joined by Portuguese winemaker João Nicolau de Almeida to explore the region of Douro Valley.
- Bar Douro, Arch 35B Union Street, Flat Iron Square, London, SE1 1TD
This Spring, two Portuguese wine aficionados join forces as Bar Douro welcomes renowned Portuguese wine expert, Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, to host a series of monthly dinners. Located under the arches of Flat Iron Square, Portuguese dining destination Bar Douro will host special guests in conversation with Sarah to showcase Portugal’s dynamic and diverse wine and food culture.
Despite being the 11th largest wine producing country in the world, with a heritage of more than 250 native grape varieties, Portuguese wine remains relatively unknown in the UK. Award-winning expert Sarah Ahmed intends to address this, sharing her insights – and some great wines, paired with regional dishes - at intimate dinners on Bar Douro’s mezzanine events space.
Selected wines from each monthly event will also be available in the restaurant itself, advertised on the specials board and available at a discounted price for the month.
The first wine dinner kicks off with a conversation between Portuguese and English Winemakers, whose Douro Valley roots go deep - more than 200 years. With over 40 vintages in the Douro under his belt, Johnny Graham - founder of Churchill’s Port - will talk about his experience exploring this mountainous, multi-faceted region’s terroir and introducing Douro wines to his portfolio. He will be joined by his son Max, owner of Bar Douro, who is set on championing the region’s profile here in London.
The pair will appear alongside acclaimed Portuguese winemaker João Nicolau de Almeida, whose pioneering work at Ramos Pinto was hugely influential in reshaping the Douro Valley and disseminating knowledge about its native grape varieties. Together with his children, Nicolau de Almeida remains a powerful force in the Douro, making wine with his sons at Quinta do Monte Xisto, while his daughter, Mafalda Nicolau de Almeida, is raising the profile of the Douro through her 'not window tourism' project, Miles Away.
Future conversations in the series will include: A Celebration of Baga (April 2018) With Filipa Pato and William Wouters/ Baga Friends; Pushing Boundaries and Natural Winemaking (May 2018) With Vasco Croft and Tiago Sampaio; and Crochet and other Stories in Wine (June 2018) With award-winning winemakers Susana Esteban and Sandra Tavares da Silva.