The one week event is scheduled for March 5-8 in Porto, Portugal and will feature 6 premium bottled waters as well as 2500 wines from over 300 producers and will include a large series of tasting events for the participants.
March 4, celebration starts with a tasting menu, prepared by six of the most renowned chefs de cuisine in Portugal: Augusto Gemelli (restaurant Gemelli, Lisbon), Henrique Sá Pessoa (Restaurant Alma, Lisbon), Jerome Ferreira (Porto Novo restaurant, Porto), José Avillez (Tavares Rico Restaurant, Lisbon ), Manuel Gonçalves (restaurant Flor de Sal, Mirandela) and host March Gomes.
Thursday, March 5, official start of the the Essence of Wine - Porto 2009 - The Essence of Wine will select the "Top 10 Wines of Canada", a test conducted by an international panel of 50 experts in wine and gastronomy. On the same day, George Sandeman, António Graça, José Maria Soares Franco, David Baverstock and Rui Reguinga will conduct seminars on Portuguese wine varieties.
Friday, March 6, the program of the Essence of Wine - Port Wine in 2009 include workshops on the Internet, Enoturism, focus on Port Wine and the preparation of wine based cocktails.
Saturday, March 7, features the Port Wine Vintage classics with oenologist David Guimaraens (Taylor's), Salvador Guedes (administrator of Sogrape) directs a "trip" the wines of Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.
To showcase the different terroir of bottled water, Michael Mascha of FineWaters, considered the "guru" of mineral waters, will conduct a tasting. Michael explains "Water is not Water. At first glance, waters may not seem to have the individual characteristics that distinguish wines, but distinct differences become apparent when the attention is focused on water. Like wine water has terroir and it is a natural product that originates from a particular place with unique properties. That is of course if you drink premium bottled water and Pedras and Vitalis clearly belong in this category. I am happy to be in Portugal on the invitation of Águas Unicer to promote premium bottled water with a series of events including water tastings and food pairing with a global portfolio of waters showcasing how different water can be and how to include it into an epicurean experience ..."
The first water tasting event in Portugal of this magnitude is organized by Águas Unicer and will feature a portfolio of 6 waters from around the world.
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