The 2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference in Lisbon, Portugal Hosts 3 Grand Wine Tastings

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The 2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference, held at the VIP Grand Lisboa on October 30 through November 1, announced on Friday its 3rd Grand Tasting of the event.

The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal

The 2009 European Wine Blogger's Conference, held at the VIP Grand Lisboa on October 30 through November 1, announced on Friday its 3rd Grand Tasting of the event. Vinoble will kick off the European Wine Bloggers Conference by hosting a one hour formal tasting of 8 international noble wines, with an emphasis on Port. Vinoble is an International Exhibition of Noble Wines that is held every two years in Jerez de la Frontera, and is the only wine fair dedicated to fortified, dessert and natural sweet wines.

The Vinoble Tasting will be followed by a tasting hosted by the Douro Boys. The Douro Boys are a multitalented winemaking phenomenon, who are considered a major force in promoting and redefining Douro wine into a vibrant and youthful name. Through their charisma, good-humor and passion to craft an authentic and quality driven wine, these five estates will host participants to a 1.5 hour tasting: Francisco Olazabal of Quinta do Vale Meão, Cristiano Van Zeller of Quinta do Vale D. Maria, Jorge, Tomas and Miguel Roquette of Quinta do Crasto, Dirk Niepoort (Quinta de Napoles) , as well as Francisco and Joao Ferreira of Quinta do Vallado.

Charles Metcalfe will bring the conference to a rumbling peak with his Portuguese wine tasting on Saturday evening. Charles Metcalfe, is the Co-Chairman and one of the Co-Founders of the International Wine Challenge, a columnist for Essencia do Vinho Magazine, a legend in the UK wine world for his loquacious and highly entertaining speaking engagements, and with the publication of his latest book, "The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal", is considered one of the most respected voices on Portuguese wines.

"We are ecstatic to provide participants an opportunity to taste such a wide range of Portuguese wines, as so few people outside of Portugal have access to them", says Gabriella Opaz, co-organizer of the EWBC. "And through Web 2.0, it is our hope that food and wine lovers internationally will garner from the knowledge participants will gather throughout the 3 day conference."

With the support of major sponsors such as Viniportugal, Amorim, Vinhos do Alentejo, Esporao, DOC-DMC and L'and Vineyards, the 100+ wine bloggers expected at the EWBC 2009 will not only attend various educational sessions, but also visit several key wineries within easy reach of Lisbon in addition to a host of traditional Portuguese meals including, Restaurant Eleven. The entire event will provide ample opportunity for bloggers to experience the food, wine and culture of Portugal, all while discussing issues pertinent to this year's theme: The Future of the Social Wine Brand.

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