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Posted by portugalpress on May 23, 2017
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Passadouro winemaker Jorge Serôdio Borges (left) enjoying dinner with the group

Last week over 40 members of the Algarve Wine Society made a train journey to Lisbon to enjoy dinner and wine tasting in the fashionable Restaurant Rubro, just off the Avenida da Liberdade.

Restaurant Rubro's co-owner Luís Morais Pereira’ chef devised a special menu for the group to match the wonderful wines supplied by Jorge Serôdio Borges, winemaker and co-owner of Quinta do Passadouro, one of the Douro's oldest and most progressive vineyards.

After welcome drinks and nibbles, the group enjoyed a melon ice cream with crispy 'presunto', filo pastry parcels of cheese and caramelised apple, octopus salad served in crispy endive and roast cod on 'migas' of asparagus. This was accompanied by Passadouro Tinto.

Passadouro Touriga Nacional, a single varietal wine, followed, coupled with a pork cheek in a delicious wild mushroom sauce and a sweet potato purée.

Next came chuletón de buey, a massive organic T-bone steak sourced from the grassy Asturias area of Spain. This was served rare with a memorable Passadouro Tinto Reserva which impossibly needs to reside in members' cellars for at least the next 10 years!

The finale was the lightest, darkest, chocolate cake with fresh berries, served with Passadouro Porto Reserva Tawny. The port and the dessert did justice to each other.

The evening was memorable. Members are vowing to return for Restaurante Rubro's regular wine tasting evenings held every month.

By GAYNOR STAPLETON

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