Report on the tasting and gourmet evening Apr 15th

Written on 17th April 2015

The Algarve Wine Society’s annual gourmet dinner took place on April 15th at the restaurant Sao Gabriel. Situated on the road between Quinta do Lago & Vale do Lobo Where chef Leonel Pereira has just been awarded a Michelin star for his wonderful cooking.

Chef Leonel prepared a fabulous menu specially matched to the wines of the Herdade Paco do Conde which were presented by Pedro Schmidt, General Manager of the winery which is situated near Beja in the Alentejo. The estate comprises some 4000 hectares & produces around 1.2 million bottles of wine per year. They also produce in the region of 1 million litres of wonderful olive oil per year.

The evening commenced in the delightful courtyard outside the restaurant with delicious canapés & Paco do Conde white red & rose wines.

Once inside the restaurant Paco do Conde extra virgin olive oil was served with 4 different types of bread & pure sea salt from Tavira. An amuse bouche of Fois Gras was then served with the Herdade Paco do Conde White 2014. This wine was also served with the starter of Crispy prawns in Kataif pastry which was served with a mini exotic fruit salad with chilli & ginger. The fish course was a wild gold bream fillet steamed in mushroom dashi, celey cream & green asparagus matched with Paco do Conde’s colheita selecionada Antao Vaz & Verdelho 2013. The main course was French Barbary Roasted Duck Breast with gratin potatoes grilled vegetables & lavender jus paired with Paco do Conde’s Reserva 2011. Dessert was moistened chocolate cake on a wild fruits warm soup with eucalyptus scent & orange tangerine ice cream paired with Paco do Conde’s magnificent winemaker’s selection 2011. The meal was rounded off with coffee, petit fours & Port.

After dinner Chef Leonel & his brigade were asked to come out of the kitchen and into the restaurant where they were thanked by Anne Green, the Wine Society President & were given a standing ovation by the members, most of whom felt that this was the best Gourmet dinner they had ever attended. Anne also thanked Delfim the Maitre’d & Vitor the restaurants Sommelier together with their staff for the seamless service received throughout the whole evening.

For further information about the Algarve Wine Society and how to join visit our website “algarvewinesociety.com”.