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FLASH NEWS December 2016


CONFRARIA DO VINHO DO PORTO 2016


1. The new Chancellery was elected on 18 March 2016 for the 2016-2018 triennium. It is composed of the following Confreres:

- Chancellor - George Thomas David Sandeman
- Administrator - António Manuel de Macedo Pinto e Vasconcelos
- Head-Cupbearer - David Bruce Fonseca Guimaraens
- Treasurer - Jorge Chamis Rosas
- Warden of Usages - Manuel Maria Matos de Magalhães Ferreira

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2. The Confraria conducted the following initiatives, in implementation of its plan of activities and taking into account promotional coordination with the companies that market port and Douro wines:

Induction Ceremony in Shanghai at the Marriott Hotel City Center, on 19 May. The following persons were inducted as members:

With the rank of Nobleman Wen Yingjie, Xuwei Wang, Joseph Chong and Qiuping QU, and with the rank of Knight: João Pedro Fins de Lago - Consul General of Portugal in Shanghai and Pedro Aires de Abreu – AICEP, Mathieu Le Pape, Chen He Hua, Lily Jia Li, Bin Fu, Dário Alexandre Neto Silva, Chris He and Alberto Fernandez.


Induction Ceremony in Macao at the Ritz-Carlton, Macao, on 21 May. The following persons/organisations were inducted as members:

With the rank of Nobleman The Wine Society of Macau and with the rank of Knight: Vitor Sereno – Consul General of Portugal in Macau, Maria João Bonifácio – AICEP, Donald Hall, Adolphus Foo, António Neves Coelho, Claudio Salgado, Gilberto Lopes, Gregory De Eb, Henry Brockman, Hugo Bandeira, João Francisco Pinto, Jorge Neto Valente, Maggie Mak, Raymond Vong, Vernon Moore, Ana Sofia Pereira Coutinho Basto da Silva, David Anthony Higgins, Stephen Lai, Sunny Ip, Humberto Carlos Leitão Rodrigues, Raymond Lam and Stephanie Lee.


Vinexpo Asia

The Chancellery was present from 24 to 26 May at Vinexpo, Hong Kong. It was at the AEVP stand, as part of a sampling of port and Douro wines.

“Friendship Treaty” with Ordre Des Coteaux de Champagne

On 17 June, the Chancellery of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto and Ms. Isabel Marrana went to Reims to sign the “Friendship Treaty” with Ordre Des Coteaux de Champagne – Chapitre de la Fleur de Vigne.

The ceremony was held in “Palais du Tau”, at Place du Cardinal Luçon.

On 24 June, at 17:00, another Rabelo Boat Regatta of Confraria do Vinho do Porto was held. This was the 33rd.

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On a splendid sunny day, the regatta started at the scheduled time, leaving from Cabedelo towards the D. Luiz I Bridge, accompanied by the boat of the company BarcaDouro with about 250 people on board, including notable personalities of the city, celebrated Confreres and their guests.

The river banks crowded with people provided a frame for the river in celebration, full of life and animation to see the most traditional event that the cities of Porto and Gaia offer their inhabitants.

The 14 Rabelo boats of various port companies (Gran Cruz, Fladgate Partnership, Sogevinus, Sogrape Vinhos, Symington Family Estates, Rozès) with colourful sails blowing in the wind fought for the lead, with all the tenacity of their teams of sailors.

The stand-out colours of the sails were pink, blue, black, red, yellow and the traditional white sails, with their logos advertising the major port brands.

This regatta was won by the Rabelo “Infanta D. Isabel”, of Rozès, with its courageous team led by Master António Saraiva.


Second place went to the Rabelo “Quinta do Vau” of Sogrape Vinhos and third place to “Rio Torto ” of Symington Family Estates.

The race was followed by the prize ceremony by the Chancellor of the Brotherhood, George Sandeman, applause and the usual family photos. All this accompanied by the street group JAZZ.

Lastly, the participating teams and guests went to the facilities of Sandeman Caves, where they had a pleasant social dinner.

On 25 June, at 18:30, in Palácio da Bolsa - Pátio das Nações, the Annual Ceremony of Induction of New Confreres in Confraria do Vinho do Porto was held. This ceremony was dedicated to “260 years of the Douro Demarcated Region”.

The Ceremony of Induction of New Confreres was preceded by the “Signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and Confraria do Vinho de Porto, followed by the induction.

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The 62 new Confreres inducted included:

With the rank of VICE-CHANCELLOR:
ANTÓNIO COSTA – Prime Minister of Portugal.


with the rank of NOBLEMAN:

ORDRE DES COTEAUX DE CHAMPAGNE
NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS
ADVID
TONY CARREIRA

as KNIGHTS:

ANA BROCHADO COELHO – Employee of IVDP since 1988, responsible for the Administrative and Financial services of that body.

BJARNE MOURIDSEN – Port Wine Lover. Danish, great “ambassador” of port, member of the board of “The Vintage Port Club” , he is a journalist, blogger, organises “Port Tours” and port tastings. He is relentless in his work of promoting port.

LUÍS HUMBERTO JARDIM MARCOS – Director of the National Press Museum, organiser of the PortoCartoon-World Festival and author of several studies on Press History, information technology, censorship and graphic humour. He is a journalist and university professor.

TOMÁS SIMÕES – Employee of IVDP since 1979. He is responsible for several management positions of the laboratory services of that organisation. His work is essential to the process of certification of port and Douro wines.

In addition to these personalities, 33 confreres were inducted with the rank of Knight; 8 with the rank of Master, and 12 with the rank of Expert.

Before the final toast, Chancellor George Sandeman gave a brief speech on "260 Years of the Douro Demarcated Region."

The Ceremony was followed by the procession of the new Confreres and guests to the Alfândega Building where the Dinner and Gala Ball was held. The procession was preceded by the National Republican Guard Cavalry, the Band and an Electric Tram that transported some of the guests.

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Induction Ceremony in Seattle at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, on 25 October. The following persons/organisations were inducted as members:

With the rank of Nobleman: Gregory Jones and the website “FTLOP-For The Love Of Port”, and with the rank of Knight: Andrew Tennenbaum, Andrew Velebil, Stewart Todd, John D. Klein, Jonathan Marvin, Xavier Barlier, Cortney Lease, Doug Culver, Francis Bigelow, Harvey Floyd Roberts, Michael Waissman, Mike Plunkett, Sharon Baden, Arnie Millan and Rebecca Murphy.



Induction Ceremony in San Francisco at “The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, on 27 October. The following persons/organisations were inducted as members:

With the rank of Nobleman: Alex Padilla, Devin Nunes, Mike Thompson, Linda Reiff and Paul Duguid and with the rank of Knight: Jim Costa, Nuno Mathias, Terry Owyang, David Kennard, Heini Zachariassen, Darioush Khaledi, Vance Thompson, Andrew Schweiger, Stan Boyd, Judd Wallenbrock, Michael Maher, Rex Stults, Clyde Beffa Jr., Jon Newlon, Stewart Prato, Kevin Coelho, Damien Carney, Peter Monteleone, David Glancy, Peter Granoff, Deborah Parker Wong, Joe Manekin, Kim Beto, Marcus Garcia, Paul Demartini, Richard Carleton Hacker and Sarah Trubnick.

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Induction Ceremony in Vancouver at the “Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver”, in Canada, on 31 October. The following persons/organisations were inducted as members:

With the rank of Nobleman: Suzanne Anton and Michelle McCarthy, and as Knights: Anthony Gismondi, Anthony Chelton, Iain Philip Aiws, Michael Procopio, Roland Monteiro, Sid Cross, Tim Pawsey, Robert Simpson, Allen Herman, David Luetkehoelter, Nicholas Sabanis, Annabelle Corga Evaristo, Clarence Jackson, Dirk Chan, Barbara Philip, David Herman and Michaela Morris.

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On 1 October, another Confraria do Vinho do Porto Golf Cup was held at the Oporto Golf Club in Espinho.

This competition organised by Confraria do Vinho do Porto and supported by Oporto Golf Club aims to promote the Port Cup, in order to promote and disseminate port among golf players and members of the Oporto Golf Club, in Espinho.

The Chancellery was represented by: Chancellor Emeritus Francisco Javier Olazabal.

The competition started at 9:00 with 91 players registered. The competition is for players aged over 18 years.

This event was open to all the Confreres and to the players of all the clubs affiliated to the Portuguese Golf Federation and also to foreigners, as long as they presented certificates attesting to their handicap.



3. OBITUARIES

We inform you, with great regret, that

- our Confrere Mário Saraiva Pinto of the Sociedade dos Vinhos Borges company, who held the rank of Master in our organisation, passed away in April 2016.

- Our Confrere and journalist Manuel José Lopes, inducted into our Confraria with the rank of Knight in 1987, passed away on 30 June last.
He worked for more than 40 years in Madrid as correspondent of the Lusa Agency, TSF, etc.

He was always very sensitive to the situation of port in Spain and he fought with the same weapons available to him the many imitations and frauds of all types that our wine was victim to.

This included a report from Andorra, where he was ably assisted by Dr. António Liz Dias, the Delegate of ICEP in Madrid at that time.


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation








FLASH NEWS Nr. 5 - 04th December 2015


CONFRARIA DO VINHO DO PORTO GOLF CUP 2015


On Saturday 5th September, the 2015 edition of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto Golf Cup was held at the Golf Club in Espinho.

This competition organized by Oporto Golf Club and supported by Confraria do Vinho do Porto aims to uphold the Port Wine Cup, which promotes Port Wine among the golfers and members of the Oporto Golf Club of Espinho.

Present on behalf of the Chancellery was Chancellor Emeritus Francisco Javier Olazabal.




The tournament commenced at 9h00, with 118 persons registered, all being over 18 years of age, and was open to all Confrades and members of all the Clubs affiliated in the Portuguese Golf Federation as well as foreign clubs, on the condition that players presented proof of their handicap.

The Port Wine Cup was played in the following manner:

Using the Stableford model, the handicap limits were 24 for men and 32 for women players. In the case of a tie “NET” would be awarded to the player with the lowest handicap and “GROSS” to the player with the highest handicap. If the tied players had the same handicap, the winner would be the one with the best second nine, six or three last holes.

Following the tournament a celebratory lunch was held, including two Quizzes – one on Port Wine and one on Golf, followed by the distribution of prizes.

The tournament – the Confraria do Vinho do Porto Golf Cup – had the following winners:

1st Confrade – Francisco Olazabal Nicolau de Almeida – 36 points
1st Gross – Afonso Martins – 32 points

2th Nett – António Fernando Oliveira – 41 points

1st Nett – Adolfo Pinto Leite – 42 points

Ball closer to the hole – Mário Dias

Longest Drive – Afonso Martins

The winner of the Quiz on Port Wine and the Quiz on Golf was José Augusto Silva

The wines served at lunch were offered by the firms: Adriano Ramos-Pinto, C. da Silva, Quinta do Noval, Sogevinus, Sogrape Vinhos, SA., Quinta do Crasto, F. Olazabal & Filhos. The dessert was accompanied by a Confraria do Vinho do Porto 10 Year Old Tawny Port.

The Confraria do Vinho do Porto would like to thanks the collaboration of António Leite Castro in the preparation of the Quiz on Golf, and Vasco Magalhães on the Quiz on Port Wine.


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation








FLASH NEWS Nr. 4 - 04th December 2015


32nd RABELO BOAT REGATTA


The 32nd annual Rabelo Boat Regatta, traditionally held on St. John’s Day, was held at 5 p.m. on 24 June.

Despite the overcast skies, the boats sailed on time from the starting line at the mouth of the River Douro, upstream to the D. Luiz I bridge, accompanied by a BarcaDouro cruise boat carrying some 250 guests, including city notables, distinguished Confrades and their guests.


As usual, a multitude of local residents and tourists lined both banks of the river, joining in celebrating the most traditional event that the cities of Porto and Gaia offer their residents.

The hardy crews of fourteen rabelo boats representing several Port Wine brands (Barros, Cálem, Cockburn’s, Cruz, Dalva, Dow’s, Ferreira, Graham’s, Kopke, Offley, Rozès, Sandeman, Taylor’s e Warre’s) unfurled their sails in a burst of blue, black, red, yellow and the more traditional off-white sails, and raced ahead, their colourful logos drawing attention to the Port Wines they were advertising.

The Rabelo Quinta dos Canais, belonging to Symington Family Estates, and a brave team led by Mestre Luís Martins, came in First Place.


Panascal, belonging to Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers came in second. Quinta do Vau, belonging to Sogrape Vinhos, came in third.

The prizes were awarded by Confraria Chancellor George Sandeman. The winners were warmly applauded and the usual family group photographs were taken, all to the tune of a street Jazz band. At the end, the competing teams and their guests went to the Sandeman lodges where everyone enjoyed a happy celebration dinner.


You can also find a small video of the 32nd Rabelo Boat Regatta in the following youtube link: https://youtu.be/YS88cgpYJKc


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation








FLASH NEWS Nr. 3 - 03rd December 2015


ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY OF NEW CONFRADES


The ceremony for the enthronement of new Confrades was held at 6:30 p.m. on 20 June in the Hall of Nations of the Bolsa Palace. The theme for this event was the “600 Years of Portuguese Maritime Expansion”.


Of the 70 new members of the Confraria who were enthroned, we particularly note:

Enthroned with the rank of INFANÇÃO:
MARIA ASSUNÇÃO CRISTAS – Portuguese Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning
JOSÉ DIOGO DE ALBUQUERQUE – Secretary of State for Agriculture
JEAN-FRANÇOIS BLAREL – Ambassador of France in Portugal
JORGE RYDER TORRES PEREIRA – Ambassador of Portugal in China
RUI CARVALHO DE ARAÚJO MOREIRA – Mayor of Porto
EDUARDO VICTOR RODRIGUES – Mayor of Vila Nova de Gaia

Enthroned with the rank of CAVALEIRO:

KARL VON HABSBURG – Since 2000, Chief and Sovereign of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Ordem do Tosão de Ouro). Since 2007, Head of the House of Habsburg. Former European deputy, specialist in International Humanitarian Law and a great appreciator, consumer and advocate of Port Wine.

ALFREDO JOSÉ FERREIRA CARDOSO DA SILVA – Licensed in Agricultural Engineering. He is the Director of Technical Services of the IVDP (Port and Douro Wines Institute).

ILKA SIRÉN – All About Wine, founder of the blog Wiiniti Tv, elected the best wine blog in Finland. A great appreciator, consumer and advocate of Port Wine.


In addition to the above notables, 33 other individuals were enthroned with the rank of Cavaleiro, 7 as Mestre and 21 as Experto.

Before the final toast, Chancellor George Sandeman spoke briefly on the “600 Anos da Expansão Marítima Portuguesa”:

· Each year we dedicate this ceremony to a person or subject which is relevant in the history of Port Wine – and this year we celebrate the 600th anniversary of Portuguese Maritime

· In 1415, six centuries ago, a fleet of ships, many of them constructed on the beach of Miragaia - today the site of the Oporto Customs House where we will dine - sailed from Oporto with the destination of Ceuta.

· The two hundred or so ships, with some 20 000 Portuguese soldiers, landed in North Africa and quickly took the city of Ceuta thus initiating a glorious era of Portuguese maritime expansion around the world.

· Leading the expedition was King João I, accompanied by the Crown Prince Dom Duarte, and the royal Princes Dom Pedro and Dom Henrique as well as the Constable D. Nuno Álvares Pereira.

· As Infante Dom Henrique (Henry the Navigator) is the patron of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, it is natural that we should join in celebrating this historic landmark of the 600th anniversary of one of the most glorious moments in the history of Portugal

· One can have no doubt that the Expedition took with them wines of the Douro region - predecessors to the Port wines which we celebrate today - and we know that the population of Porto supplied these crusaders with the best meats and victuals, leaving only the tripe for themselves

· This tripe was converted into a tasty dish - "Tripas a moda do Porto" - which is now found on the Thursday menu of many local restaurants - and gave the Portuense the nickname of "tripeiros".

· The resourceful and intrepid population of Porto were recognized for their key role in defending the ideals of liberalism during the civil war of 1832-34. Their valiant deeds during the famous Siege of Porto inspired Queen Maria II to attribute the city the title of “INVICTA”, the only city on Portugal to be recognized as unbeaten.

These stories of courage and resourcefulness are an important inspiration for us in safeguarding the future of Port wine. The ability to conquer new markets is part of the DNA of Port - a wine with a history of looking towards the world - born in the Douro, created in the cellars of Gaia, named by the City of Porto and a great ambassador of the country of origin, Portugal!

In the 21st Century, we are not chauvinistically tied to traditions when it comes to enjoying Port Wine, and we all enthusiastically seize the new offerings which widen the awareness and consumption of Port in this modern world; whether they be Tawnies with indications of Ages, or new customs such as Vintage Port consumed young, “long-drinks”, cocktails, Rose or simply Port served chilled – but always in moderation!

This Chancelaria is wholly committed to supporting all initiatives which spread the knowledge of Port Wine and the ways to enjoy it – old or new – and now we pass this challenge, NO, this mission to our new Confrades, inducted here today, whom I warmly welcome to the Port Wine Brotherhood!

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The Press, covered the entire ceremony.

Once the ceremony was over, the new Confrades and guests, led by an Honour Guard from the National Guard Cavalry and a brass band, formed a procession to the Porto Customs House where the Gala Dinner and Ball were held. A vintage tramcar ferried some guests who preferred not to walk.


The dinner menu, created by Fernando Santos, Executive Chef of Palace Catering, consisted of:

- Filet of Cod and Egg poached at low temperature (66º) with Black Pork Sausage, asparagus and coriander.

White wine:
Quinta de Ventozelo, Viosinho 2014 – Quinta de Ventozelo Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial, SA

- Iberian Pork Tenderloin sautéed with field herbs, and vegetable rice

Red wines:
Vertente 2012 – Niepoort (Vinhos) SA VZ 2012 – Van Zellers & Co. (Lemos & van Zeller, Lda.)

- Pear roasted with liquorice and chocolate and coffee ice cream<
Tawny Port 20 Years Old Confraria do Vinho do Porto

- Trilogy of Cheeses (DOP Trás os Montes, S. Jorge, Azeitão) with homemade Menina pumpkin compote

Vintage 1997 Port

After Hours

- Hot mini-steaks seasoned with garlic and served in bread rolls
- Green Asparagus Cream Soup

The Ball was a great success and guests danced into the wee hours of the next day!

You can also find a small video of the Enthronement Ceremony 2015 in the following youtube link: https://youtu.be/aeTCA_AIWf4


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation








FLASH NEWS Nr. 2 - September 2014


XXXI RABELO BOAT REGATTA

16th September 2014


The 31st annual Rabelo Boat Regatta, traditionally held on St. John’s Day, was held at 1 p.m. on 24 June.

Despite the overcast skies, the boats sailed on time from the starting line at the mouth of the River Douro, upstream to the D. Luiz I bridge, accompanied by a BarcaDouro cruise boat carrying some 250 guests, including city notables, distinguished Confrades and their guests.


As usual, a multitude of local residents and tourists lined both banks of the river, joining in celebrating the most traditional event that the cities of Porto and Gaia offer their residents.

The hardy crews of fourteen rabelo boats representing several Port Wine brands (Barros, Cálem, Cockburn’s, Cruz, Dalva, Dow’s, Ferreira, Graham’s, Kopke, Offley, Rozès, Sandeman, Taylor’s e Warre’s) unfurled their sails in a burst of blue, black, red, yellow and the more traditional off-white sails, and raced ahead, their colourful logos drawing attention to the Port Wines they were advertising.

The Rabelo Dalva, belonging to Gran Cruz, and a brave team led by Mestre Jorge Dias, came in First Place.


Quinta da Cavadinha, belonging to Symington Family Estates came in second. Quinta dos Canais, also belonging to Symington Family Estates, came in third.

The prizes were awarded by Confraria Chancellor George Sandeman. The winners were warmly applauded and the usual family group photographs were taken, all to the tune of a street Jazz band. At the end, the competing teams and their guests went to the Sandeman lodges where everyone enjoyed a happy celebration lunch.


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation







FLASH NEWS Nr. 1 - September 2014


ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY OF NEW Confrades

16th September 2014


The ceremony for the enthronement of new Confrades was held at 6:30 p.m. on 21 June in the Hall of Nations of the Bolsa Palace. The theme for this event was the Art of Blending Port Wine.


Of the 64 new members of the Confraria who were enthroned, we particularly note:

Enthroned with the rank of INFANÇÃO:

UTAD – University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
THOMAS STELZER - Austrian Ambassador to Portugal and Cape Verde
PORTO CANAL – City of Porto and the North of Portugal TV Station

Enthroned with the rank of CAVALEIRO, notably:

ALBERTO RIBEIRO DE ALMEIDA – Attorney and Professor of Law whose PhD thesis at the Coimbra University of Law involved protecting denominations of origin. As legal advisor to the IVDP, he has counselled dossiers of the highest importance, especially those involving protecting the Port Wine denomination of origin.

JOAQUIM PAULA MARQUES – Noted connoisseur, consumer and promoter of Port Wine.

In addition to the above notables, 32 other individuals were enthroned with the rank of Cavaleiro, 4 as Mestre and 22 as Experto.


Before the final toast, Chancellor George Sandeman spoke briefly on the Art of Blending Port Wine.

· For our non-Portuguese speaking, guests who have sat patiently through these proceedings and speech, welcome and thank you for taking part in this Ceremony celebrating the high moment of the year in our Confraria do Vinho do Porto.

· Each year I prepare a speech which I believe to be relevant for our Confraria, and the audience patiently waits to the end to clap – but the fact is that last year I was advised that “the acoustics are not so great so most people don’t understand what you are saying”! so I will speak only briefly

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· Each year we dedicate this ceremony to a person or subject which is relevant in the history of Port Wine – and this year we celebrate the “Art of the Blend”

· This year is not a “Vintage Year”, so we cannot talk of Vintage Port and its declaration, but I can’t help but remark on the increasing interest for the old Tawny Ports being launched in the markets around the world

· These Tawnies of great age – in the past often referred to disparagingly as “wood Ports” – today a jewel in the crown of Port wine.

· Whether we talk about very old colheitas or Ports of 40, 30, 20 or 10 Years the recognition for these high quality Tawnies is growing around the world.

· Of course, if there is an example of the “art of the Blend” in Port it is these old Tawnies, aged with so much care and work.

· The “blend” is fundamental for Port Wine, in fact up to a few years ago we spoke not of the “winemaker” but of the “blender” – a person who gained experience over many years of work in the tasting room, starting life as an apprentice and ending as a master.

· The “blender” had the heavy responsibility of harmonizing the variations between wines of different years, phases of aging, and individual characteristics to create a Port which highlighted all that was best in the wine.

· The art of blending, according to Professor Paul Duguid, noted historian and researcher into the history of Port, has qualitative beginnings in the first half of the 19th Century, and is truly the definition Aristotle’s words “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”

· The effect of the Port Wine “blend” goes further than the wine itself, as this wine which we celebrate in our Brotherhood, has over the centuries joined nations, nationalities, cultures and families in a “blend” which is today reflected in the current Port wine sector, where we find Portuguese, British, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Belgium and others joined in a “multicultural blend” which is uncommon in any sector.

· This history of joining wines and cultures is ab important factor to assure that the future of Port Wine is more secure and interesting. The ability to make high quality wines, conquer new markets and enhance the value of exports, all come from this “blend” of people looking out towards the world

· In the 21st Century, we are not chauvinistically tied to traditions when it comes to enjoying Port Wine, and we all enthusiastically seize the new offerings which widen the awareness and consumption in this modern world; whether they be Tawnies with indications of Ages, or new customs such as Vintage Port consumed young, “long-drinks”, cocktails, Rose or simply Port served chilled – but always in moderation!

This Chancelaria is wholly committed to supporting all initiatives which spread the knowledge of Port Wine and the ways to enjoy it – old or new – and now we pass this challenge, NO, this mission to our new Confrades, inducted here today, whom I warmly welcome to the Port Wine Brotherhood!

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The Press, most especially the Porto Canal TV station, covered the entire ceremony.

Once the ceremony was over, the new Confrades and guests, led by an Honour Guard from the National Guard Cavalry and a brass band, formed a procession to the Porto Customs House where the Gala Dinner and Ball were held. A vintage tramcar ferried some guests who preferred not to walk.


The dinner menu, created by Fernando Santos, Executive Chef of Palace Catering, consisted of:

- Poached fresh hake with capsicum cream and mussels in green sauce.

White wines: Dalva Reserva 2012 – C. da Silva (Vinhos), SA
Tiara 2012 – Niepoort (Vinhos), SA


- Ox tail and pork cheek duo with puréed cauliflower and ragout

Red wines:

Quinta do Grifo Reserva Tinto 2010 – Rozès, SA
Touriga Nacional 2009 – Quinta do Noval – Vinhos, SA


- Farófias – typical Portuguese dessert with vanilla and cinnamon cream, strawberry soup and balsamic caramel ice-cream

Tawny 20 Years Old Confraria Port


- Assorted regional Portuguese cheeses with strawberry and pumpkin jelly

Vintage 1994 Port

After Hours
- Beef and garlic sarnies
- Cream of green asparagus soup

The Ball was a great success and guests danced into the wee hours of the next day!


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation







FLASH NEWS Nr. 3 - JULY 2012


ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY AND
RABELO BOAT RACE 2012

12 JULY 2012


ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY OF NEW MEMBERS

The Annual Enthronement Ceremony of New Members of Confraria do Vinho do Porto, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, was held on June 22nd, 2012, at 18H30, in the Palácio da Bolsa – Pátio das Nações, (The Courtyard of Nations at the Palace of the Stock Exchange).


Among the 50 new Members enthroned, a number were enthroned by Chancery

with the rank of INFANÇÃO,

- Rt. Revd. Graham James, Bishop of Norwich
- Bernhard Wrabetz –Austrian Ambassador in Lisbon
- Nuno Filipe Alves Salvador e Brito – Ambassador of Portugal to the USA
- AICEP – Agency for Investment and External Trade of Portugal
- Oporto Golf Club



with the rank of CAVALEIRO,

- George Wolinski – President of the Jury PortoCartoon since 2005
- Peter Nieuwendjk – President of Federation of Cartoonists Organisations
- Nuno Aguiar Branco – Lawyer to AEVP in labor negotiations


As well as these personalities, 30 persons were enthroned with the rank of Cavaleiro; 4 with the rank of Mestre and 8 with the rank of Experto.

Prior to the final toast, the Chancellor, George Sandeman, made a brief speech on the 30th Anniversary of Confraria do Vinho do Porto, which is transcribed below:



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Speech.

For our non-Portuguese speaking, guests who have sat patiently through these proceedings and speech, welcome and thank you for taking part in this Ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto and this high moment in our year.

This year we celebrate 30 years of existence of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, an idea which developed over several decades and finally became a reality in 1982.


In the beginning the Confraria started with 76 founding members – some who are here today and no doubt recall that historic moment.

Today, with this ceremony, the Confraria will count with
46 Cancelários – Kings, Princes and Heads of State),

125 Infanções,

1000 Cavaleiros, and

283 active Confrades (Mestre and Expertos)

• for a total of 1,453 Confrades .



In the 30 years since the foundation, we have seen many changes in the world of Port Wine; with the entry into the EU, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the opening and growth of many new markets, the recognition of the Denomination of Origin Port in all of Europe and a great part of the world, we have a new Port glass, two new categories, and the creation of new ways to drink Port – with Portotonic, combinations with gastronomy and the concept of Port cocktails!

Notwithstanding, the Confraria continues as the guardian of the heritage and tradition of Port Wine, with memories and stories about the Portuguese, English and many other nationalities who contributed to Port Wine over the years, some famous like Dona Antonia and Baron Forrester, but many others less known whom we remember personally.

- Port Wine has a history which blends tradition and innovation and it is this which gives us the force to move forward over the next 30 years – not looking back with longing for times past, but taking strength from our heritage to inspire us in the future · - The roots of Port Wine can be found in an 18th Century innovation, the addition of wine alcohol to stop the fermentation, and over the years there has been the creation of Vintage Port, Late Bottled Vintage Port, Aged Tawnies, Aged White Ports and recently Rosé Port

The image of Port Wine has evolved internationally over the last three decades from a “fortified wine”, often consumed in small glasses, to a quality wine with its own glass which encourages the consumer to appreciate all of its attributes – – aroma, color and flavor.

Port Wine is full of traditions, some of which, such as passing the decanter of Vintage Port with the right hand, have many theories as to their origin ;

      • is it because the right hand occupied by a decanter prevents the drawing of a sword?

      • Or is based on a Celtic superstition regarding the movement of the Sun and the Moon?

Whichever origin you believe is fine, as long as the decanter of Vintage Port is in fact passed on. To not pass it is considered a great “faux pas”, and the English, seated at table, have a custom of asking a subtle question to remind an offending dinner : “do you know the Bishop of Norwich?”, calling attention to the peccadillo in process!

Well in this significant year for the Confraria, as we reviewed the list of Honorary Confrades it became obvious that a notable person linked to our traditions was missing: the Bishop of Norwich!

So it is a great pleasure for us that the Rt. Revd. Graham James, today the Bishop of Norwich, accepted the challenge, perhaps to correct an injustice done to his predecessors - without proven cause - who were attributed a reputation of not passing the Port. We are very grateful for his presence!

But in the 21st Century, we are not chauvinistically tied to traditions when it comes to enjoying Port Wine, and we all enthusiastically seize the new offerings which widen the awareness and consumption in this modern world; Vintage Port consumed young, “long-drinks”, cocktails, Rose or simple serve chilled – but always in moderation!

This Chancelaria is wholly committed to supporting all initiatives which spread the knowledge of Port Wine and the ways to enjoy it – old or new – and now we pass this challenge, no, this mission , to our new Confrades, inducted here today, whom I warmly welcome to the Port Wine Brotherhood!

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The press, highlighting the Magazine Caras, followed the entire Ceremony.

The Enthronement Ceremony was followed by a procession of the new Members and guests, preceded by the Cavalry of the Guarda Nacional Republicana and Band, to the Customs House (Edifício da Alfândega), where a Gala Dinner and Ball were held. Two of Oporto´s historic Trams transported some of the guests.

The dinner menu prepared by Chef Fernando Santos of Solinca consisting of:

Fillet of Cod with its emulsion, Grilled Vegetables and Vinaigrette of Dry Fruits, accompanied by white wines:

Poças Douro Reserva 2010 Manoel D. Poças Júnior-Vinhos SA
Redoma 2010 – Niepoort, SA

Roasted Thigh of Duck with Honey, Purée of Grain with Crispy Smoked Pork Sausage, Rennet Sautéed and Port Infusion with Roasted Juices, accompanied by red wines:

Quinta do Noval Touriga NacionalQuinta do Noval-Vinhos, SA
Pombal do Vesúvio 2009Symington Family Estates-Vinhos, Lda.

Tulip of Nougat of Douro Almonds with Mousses of White and Black Chocolates, Coffee Ice Cream and Pear Confitura;

20 Year Old Port Wine of Confraria do Vinho do Porto


20 Year Old Port Wine of Confraria do Vinho do Porto

Vintage Port 1991



After Hours

Small Rump Steaks in Bread with Garlic
Cream of Green Asparagus

The Ball was very animated and lasted well into the night.

XXIX RABELO BOAT RACE

On the 24th of June, at 17:00, the 24th Confraria do Vinho do Porto Rabelo Boat Race took place.


On a radiantly sunny day, the race started on time, departing from Cabedelo (the bar at the moth of the river) towards Ponte D. Luis I. The boat Douro Azul, with about 350 people, including prominent personalities of the city, distinguished Confrades and their guests accompanied the race.

The crowded margins, framed the river in celebration, full of life and animation, to be present at this most traditional event which the cities of Porto and Gaia offer their inhabitants.

The 16 Rabelo boats of various Port Wine Companies (Gran Cruz, Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Sogevinus, Sogrape Vinhos, Symington Family Estates, Rozès) with their coloured sails in the wind their vigorous sailing teams all racing for the front position.

In the collection of colored sails, stood out pink, blue, black, red, the yellow and the traditional off-white sails, which with their logos advertised the major Port Wine brands.

The race was won by the Rabelo “Qta. da Cavadinha”, of Warre’s Company, with its brave team, headed by the Mestre José Luis Álvares Ribeiro won the race.
In second place was the Rabelo “Porto Ferreira” of Sogrape Vinhos and third, the “Infanta D. Isabel” of Rozès, SA.

This was followed by the awards by the Chancellor of Confraria do Vinho do Porto, George Sandeman, the applause and the usual family photos. All this accompanied by dancing and singing group of Folklore Lavradeiras de Sta. Maria Adelaide.

Finally the participating team and their guests made their way to the Sandeman cellars, where they held a pleasant Dinner.


Be Responsible. Drink in Moderation







FLASH NEWS Nr. 1 - MAY 2012


ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY OF
S.A.S. THE PRINCES OF MONACO

04 DE MAIO DE 2012



On May 4th, at 4 p.m., the Confraria do Vinho do Porto held an extraordinary enthronement ceremony at the Bolsa Palace to welcome the following foreign dignitaries into the ranks of this Port Wine brotherhood:

- H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Cancelário
- H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco, Cancelário
- Pierre Casiraghi, Infanção
- Federico Polignac de Barros Nigra, Cavaleiro

The ceremony was presided over, as usual, by the Chancellery composed of Chancellor George T.D. Sandeman, Treasurer António Macedo Pinto de Vasconcelos, Head Steward David Fonseca Guimaraens, Inspector of Weights and Measures Jorge Chamis Rosas and Keeper of the Customs Manuel Magalhães Ferreira, who received Their Serene Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Monaco with the traditional pageantry of these occasions.

Other notables also present at this ceremony included the Mayor of Porto, the Consul General for Monaco, the President of the Porto Commercial Association, the President of the Douro and Port Wine Institute and distinguished Members of the Confraria, all of whom we thank for gracing us with their presence.

At the end of the ceremony, Chancellor George Sandeman presented the Prince and Princess a box, containing a CVP crystal decanter and a bottle of Confraria Vintage 2007, as well a six-bottle case of the same 2007 Vintage Port.

Prior to the enthronement ceremony, Their Serene Highnesses attended a private visit and luncheon at the Adriano Ramos Pinto wine lodges, where they were served the following:

Aperitifs
Selection of canapés
CVP Dry White Port
Pink Port with tonic

Entrée
Savil with fennel sauce and smoked potatoes Duas Quintas Reserva 2010 White Wine

Main Course
Partridge with rice flavoured with gorse and mushrooms
Duas Quintas Reserva 1997 Red Wine
Duas Quintas Reserva 2007 Red Wine

Dessert
Orange pudding and Port Wine parfait
CVP 20 Years Old Tawny Port

Platter of assorted Portuguese cheeses
(Amarelo, Serra, Azeitão and Ilhas)

Ramos Pinto 1923 Vintage Port (year of birth of Prince Rainier, Prince Albert’s father)


The enthronement of Their Serene Highnesses brings the number of Cancelários to 46 Heads of State of several countries worldwide and members of European Royal Houses whohave been so honoured. Special note is made of the fact that H.S.H. Princess Charlène is only the second woman to whom the highest rank in the Confraria has been bestowed.

The ceremony was widely covered by the Portuguese Media. The written press was represented by the Jornal de Noticias and the Jornal Público daily newspapers, the CARAS, FLASH, LUX, VIP and Nova Gente - Grupo Impala magazines. Television was represented by SIC, RTP, TVI, Porto Canal, the team from the “Imperdíveis” program (Porto Canal) and Jornal JET7.PT.



RTP:
http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=550865&tm=4&layout=122&visual=61&source=mail

SIC:
http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/vida/article1528813.ece

TVI: (entre os 52m35s - 54m37s)
http://www.tvi.iol.pt/videos/programa/4295/156659/13622011

Revista Caras:
http://caras.sapo.pt/realeza/monaco/2012/05/05/alberto-e-charlene-do-monaco-simpatia-e-simplicidade-em-visita-a-portugal
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http://clix.caras.pt/realeza/monaco/2012/05/04/alberto-e-charlene-do-monaco-no-porto

Jornal de Notícias:
http://www.jn.pt/paginainicial/gente/interior.aspx?content_id=2460147
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http://www.jn.pt/multimedia/video.aspx?content_id=2470505


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