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      18 The Portugal News •  19 Jan 2019


      A Taste of Old and not so Old


             he idea for the   then 1996 and 2014      Portugese grape varieties,  who had travelled all the
             Algarve Wine Soci-  Cabernet Sauvignon and,  something about which  way from Braga and local
             ety‘s opening     as with the Arinto, a blend  António is passionate.  For  agent , Telmo Silva from
      Tevent for 2019          thereof,  providing an ex-  anyone wanting to taste  Cartuna e Silva.  Members
      evolved  from a conversa-  cellent education  for  these special  grapes they  and guests tasted a cross
      tion between  António    members.                will have to wait. A Rolha  is  section of wines  from an
      Teixeira , owner of A Rolha  The tasting was held in  closed now until February.  espumante on arrival, four
      Wine bar in Porches, and  the seasonally-closed Raj  Caves São João, a com-  different white wines, two
      vice president of the Soci-  Restaurant in the beauti-  pany in the Bairrada, pro-  aged and two younger,
      ety,  Steve Rigby. They  fully  located  Holiday Inn in  vided the wines. This com-  three reds and an excep-
      came up with the idea of  Armação de Pêra.       pany was established in  tional Late Harvest.
      comparing recent wines   António’s brother, Roberto,  the 1930s and originally  The evening was a huge
      from the Bairrada and Dão  prepared  a series of  tapas  produced the espumante  success, people were
      with those from decades  and petiscos to create  associated with the region,  attracted  from the length
      ago.  Same grapes, but   several “courses” to ac-  but as years went on and it  and breadth of the Algarve
      António thought it would  company the wines, which  expanded to the Dão re-  and, amongst guests who
      be interesting for mem-  were served, young and  gion and they started mak-  attended,  were two Ger-
      bers of the Society to be  aged, alongside the food.  ing both red and white  man visitors staying in the
      able to assess how good  There were wines from   wines.   The company  has  Hotel, and, miraculously, it
      wines could be left to age.  both traditional grapes and  cellars stocked with hun-  so happened they owned a
      The group tasted Quinta  newer international varie-  dreds of bottles of  fine  family  vineyard in South-
      do Poço Arinto with a    ties but A Rolha Wine bar  wines going back to the  ern Germany, maybe a
      blend thereof  from 1991  specialises in serving only  1960s  and  was repre-  future destination for the  Telmo Silva eplaining a wine to Erla Walther and Bill
                                                                                                        Telmo Silva eplaining a wine to Erla Walther and Bill
                                                                                                        Telmo Silva eplaining a wine to Erla Walther and Bill
                                                                                                        Telmo Silva eplaining a wine to Erla Walther and Bill
                                                                                                        Telmo Silva eplaining a wine to Erla Walther and Bill
      and 2014 vintages and    wines produced from     sented by Pedro Mesquita  Wine Society to visit.  England
                                                                                                        England
                                                                                                        England
                                                                                                        England
                                                                                                        England
                                                       Algarve History Association
                                                       Upcoming Events in January 2019
                                                       Upcoming Events in January 2019
                                                       Upcoming Events in January 2019
                                                       Upcoming Events in January 2019
                                                       Upcoming Events in January 2019
                                                         On Friday 25 January at  swers.                Alexander Scriabin.     val Classique and in the
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen gives
                                                       11am in the Municipal     (Please note that the  Nikola Meeuwsen         new festival Classical
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                                                                                                      Nikola
                                                                                                                                      Nikola studies with
                                                                                                                                      Nikola
                                                       Library Tavira and on Tues-  planned presentation by  concerts at home and  NOW! NikolaNikola
                                                       day 29 January at 6pm in  Sculptor, Robert Schad,  abroad; recently he per-  Marlies van Gent at the
                                                       the Municipal Library    has been postponed until  formed with the Residentie  Royal Conservatoire in The
                                                       Lagoa, Peter Kingdon     August. )               Orkest in the Amsterdam  Hague. Since 2015 he has
                                                       Booker will be giving a talk  Concert at Quintinha  Concertgebouw, and he  also had monthly lessons
                                                                                 Concert at Quintinha
                                                                                 Concert at Quintinha
                                                                                 Concert at Quintinha
                                                                                 Concert at Quintinha
                                                                                da Música (Covas da
                                                                                da Música (Covas da
                                                              Tavira:  City of
                                                              Tavira:  City of
                                                              Tavira:  City of
                                                       entitled Tavira:  City of Tavira:  City of  da Música (Covas da  has also given solo recitals  with Enrico Pace at the
                                                                               da Música (Covas da
                                                                                da Música (Covas da
                                                                               Prata near Tavira) on
                                                       Churches.
                                                       Churches. Tavira is an
                                                       Churches.
                                                                                Prata near Tavira) on
                                                                                Prata near Tavira) on
                                                                                Prata near Tavira) on
                                                       Churches.               Prata near Tavira) on    in Milan, Bologna, Trieste,  prestigious Accademia
                                                       Churches.
                                                                                                                                                 Nikola
                                                                                Sunday 27 January at
                                                                                                                                                 Nikola
                                                       old town, and in 1520 re-  Sunday 27 January at  Faro and Imola.  He played  Pianistica di Imola.  NikolaNikola
                                                                                                                                                 Nikola
                                                                                Sunday 27 January at
                                                                                Sunday 27 January at
                                                                               Sunday 27 January at
                                                                                16h00 with pianist
                                                       ceived its charter as cidade  16h00 with pianist  chamber music with the  has undertaken master
                                                                                16h00 with pianist
                                                                               16h00 with pianist
                                                                                16h00 with pianist
                                                                                        Meeuwsen.
                                                                                Nikola
                                                                                Nikola
                                                                                        Meeuwsen.
                                                       from D Manuel I.  At that  Nikola  Meeuwsen.     Matangi Quartet, violinist  classes with Jacques
                                                                                        Meeuwsen.
                                                                                        Meeuwsen.
                                                                                Nikola
                                                                               Nikola
                                                       time, it was the most im-  Nikola has recently won the  Alexander Kerr and viola  Rouvier, Pavel Gililov, Matti
                                                       portant town in the Algarve,  Concertgebouw Young  player Vladimir       Raekallio, Ruth Nye, Edith
                                                       and at the centre of     Talent award.  Nikola   Mendelssohn, and plays  Fischer, Jerome Rose and
                                                       Portugal´s efforts at cru-  Meeuwsen is an excep-  duos with other pianists  Dominique
                                                       sading conquest in Mo-   tional piano talent that we  Igor Roma, Anna Fedorova  Merlet.Horowitz, His fa-
                                                       rocco.  Until after the French  like to stimulate and give  and Thomas Beijer.  vourite pianists are
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen is a
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                                                                        Nikola  Meeuwsen
                                                       invasions, Tavira was the  the space to reach full ma-  Nikola Meeuwsen  Schnabel, Sofronitsky,
                                                                                                        Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                       biggest town in the Algarve;  turity. I am delighted to  regular guest at festivals.  Cziffra, Rubinstein, Lipatti,
                                                       it was the seat of the Gover-  have awarded the  He has played in the    Sokolov, Pogorelich,
                                                       nor, and it had new bar-  Concertgebouw Young    Storioni Festival, the  Volodos and Glenn Gould.
                                                       racks. And so it is easy to  Talent Award to Nikola  Chamber Music Festival  Tickets cost €25 and can
                                                       appreciate that its Christian  because he has the talent,  Schiermonnikoog, the  be obtained from:
                                                       citizens would prove their  ambition and motivation to  International Chamber  lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com
                                                       faith by building more   be among the best in his  Music Festival Ede, Festi-    Nikola Meeuwsen
                                                       churches.  But how many  field, predicts Simon
                                                       are there? It is often said  Reinink, managing direc-
                                                       that Tavira has over thirty  tor of Het Concertgebouw.
                                                       churches, and the booklet  In 2014 Nikola had already
                                                       on the churches, which was  won the Royal
                                                       produced by the Câmara,  Concertgebouw Competi-
                                                       shows only twenty-one, yet  tion and in 2012 the
                                                       nowhere has Peter found a  Steinway Competition.
                                                       definition of what they mean  Nikola also appeared on
                                                       first, by Tavira, and second,  Dutch TV on Sunday 13
                                                       by the word churches. In this  January.  In our recital, he
                                                       presentation, Peter Booker  will be playing music by
                                                       makes his own definitions,  Franz Schubert, Robert
                                                       does a count and comes up  Schumann, Frédéric Cho-
                                                       with some surprising an-  pin, Pyotr Tchaidowski and
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