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Posted by portugalpress on October 03, 2017
Quinta de Sant’Ana is based north of Lisbon and was revived in 1992 by James and Ann Frost
From left, AWS Vice-President Steve Rigby, Ann and James Frost of Quinta de Sant’Ana, AWS President Gaynor Stapleton

After recent events held in Lisbon, Quinta do Lago and Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, last week 62 members of the Algarve Wine Society (AWS) met in the west at O Barradas restaurant, near Silves, and found a perfect setting for lunch under the trees.

With the weather still fine and the food and wine of the highest standard, everyone relaxed and enjoyed the last al fresco meal of the season, which included muxama and Algarvian octopus salad, followed by corvina with a garlic, orange and madeira wine sauce, and a main course of lamb fillet with mint butter sauce.

By this time, expectations were high and the dessert of fig ice cream and iced almond mousse with fruits didn’t disappoint.

Luís and Andrea Pequeno and their team received huge applause at the end of the meal for the very high standard of the food and excellent service.

But the AWS is first and foremost about wine, and here again the quality of the wines offered by Quinta de Sant’Ana was exceptional.

Based north of Lisbon, this Quinta was revived in 1992 by James and Ann Frost and produces a range of 12 wines including some single varietals unusual in Portugal.

Among the seven wines tasted by the group during the course of the event were a Riesling and also a Pinot Noir which has proved so popular it was a case of taste and enjoy – but wait for the next vintage to be able to buy!

Fortunately, a good quantity of Quinta de Sant’Ana’s other delicious wines were available for purchase and AWS members took full advantage, some resolving to travel north for a stay in the Quinta’s holiday cottages – and more wine tasting, no doubt!

Thanks went to the team at O Barradas and James and Ann Frost for ensuring that this event was richly enjoyable.

The AWS’s next event is a trip to the Toro region (Spain), followed by a dinner in Faro on November 9.

More information on the AWS is available at www.algarvewinesociety.com

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