Waterville Valley Resort to Offer Portuguese Wine Weekend

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October 17th: Discover the Wines of the Adega Coop. de Borba in the midst of the White Mountains

Waterville Valley Resort will offer a wine weekend to pair the best of New England's fall colors with the tones of wine from the Adega Coop. de Borba in Portugal's Alentejo Region. Stay Saturday night October 17th and attend an exclusive wine tasting all for just $62 per person, with 6 hotels to choose from.

The wines of the Adega Coop. de Borba will be offered, accompanied by the sounds of the Tom Robinson Jazz Trio. The event is included for resort guests, and $5 per adult for non-guests, a suggested donation to benefit the Margret and H.A. Rey Center. The tasting will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Diamond's Edge North in the Town Square.

Borba is one of Portugal's premier wine producers. In recent decades, the Alentejo's winemakers have ushered in many modern advancements, earning critical acclaim for their full-bodied, fruity reds and light, oaky whites. On the border of Spain, this arid region is a rural place of rolling plains covered with large agricultural estates, and dotted with whitewashed homes and cork trees. The Alentejo climate of hot summers and cool winters helps create flavorful grapes that transfer into characteristically ripe and complex wines.

Founded in 1955, the Adega Coop. de Borba was the first of a series of cooperatives in the Alentejo region. Today, the Adega Coop. de Borba is made up of 300 members whose vineyards cover a total area of 2,200 metric acres. About two-thirds are dedicated to red grape varietals and one-third grow white varietals. Last year the amount of grape varieties was expanded, including the Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Caiada/Antão Vaz, and Roupeiro varieties.

To continually uphold and improve the quality of its products, the Adega Coop. de Borba strives to inspire the passion of making great wines. After selecting and cultivating the best grape varietals, it is the commitment of the cooperative members that has made Borba a world-class wine.

The wines of the Adega Coop. de Borba are expanding into the Northeast of the United States. Long appreciated in Portugal, and Europe, these table wines are soon to be available throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. And, soon thereafter nationally. Priced from approximately $4 to $8 a bottle they offer a tremendous value.

Borba is one of Portugal's premier wine producers. Now, through importer L & B Beverage of East Providence RI, they are expanding distribution in the U.S. Market.

Since 2007, sales of Portuguese table wines have jumped by 40 percent in the United States and Portuguese red wine sales increased 125 percent.

Wine experts say that Portugal is making the best wines in its long history. The country has steadily invested in its winemaking industry for the past 20 years by adding modern equipment, careful cultivation and improving on techniques.

The main grape varieties planted on about 2,000 metric acres of Coop land are red grapes and about one-third are white varieties. Last year, the amount of grape varieties was expanded, including the Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Caiada/Antão Vaz, and Roupeiro varieties.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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