The Wine Economist World Tour is stopping in Portugal this week (click on the link to see all the tour stops).
ACIBEV (Associação dos Comerciantes e Industriais de Bebidas Espirituosas e Vinhos or Portugal’s Association of Traders and Producers of Spirits and Wine) has invited me to give the keynote speech at their annual meeting, which is being held on February 28 in association with the big Portuguese wine festival called Essência Do Vinho at the historic Palacio dal Bolsa in Porto.
The title of the program is “Pode Portugal Ganhar a Guerra do Vinho?” or “Can Portugal Win the Wine Wars” and I am calling my talk “Shifting Center, Rising Tide: Portugal in the Changing Global Wine Market.”
This will be my first visit to Portugal and I am looking forward to meeting everyone and learning all that I can about this fascinating country’s wine industry. And of course I look forward to sharing what I have learned both in researching Wine Wars and Extreme Wine and through my recent fieldwork in Australia, South Africa and here in the United States.
We had a sellout crowd for the World Affairs Council of Seattle’s Extreme Wine dinner and talk earlier this month. It was such fun to work with the WAC and Serafina/Cecchetti restaurant teams. I thought you might like to see the menu and pairings that we came up. I paired a story about the wine for each course and I think everyone came away excited about the World Affairs Council, impressed with the restaurant and its food, wine and service and of course ready to continue to explore the fascinating world of wine!
Thanks to Gilbert Cellars for supporting the WAC by donating their port-style wines for the cheese course!