Newsletter 8 - Confraria do Vinho do Porto

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Newsletter 8 - Confraria do Vinho do Porto
Nr. 8 – December 2009 – www.confrariavinhodoporto.com
As my third term as Chancellor of the Confraria do Vinho do Porto was coming to a
close, I felt that the time had come for me to entrust my embassy to a new team that
would ensure the continuation of the Confraria’s mission - the defence of the prestige
and expansion of the image of our Wine - and introduce youthful energy in support of
this endeavour.
This is why, it was with joy and confidence in the future, that I welcomed our Treasurer,
George Sandeman’s readiness to head the new Chancellery and the introduction of two
young members, David Fonseca Guimaraens and Jorge Rosas, whose highly successful
professional careers and total dedication to Port Wine are a guarantee for the future
success of our Confraria’s governing body, which shall continue to count with the
experience and dedication of our fellow confrades, António Vasconcelos and Manuel
Magalhães Ferreira.
My entire professional life was and continues to be dedicated to Port Wine and the
Douro, a family tradition that has been handed down for generations. It is for this reason
that I was extremely honoured and pleased to have been chosen to lead such an
esteemed institution as the Confraria. As I look back to what we accomplished during
my tenure as Chancellor, although it saddens me that we were unable to attain all the
objectives we had set for ourselves, I am most appreciative of our having added several
significant accomplishments to the list of those achieved by my illustrious predecessors,
namely:
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the new model for the Annual Enthronement Ceremony, which now includes a
formal parade along the riverside to the Museu dos Transportes, the venue for
the Gala Dinner and Ball;
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the changes to the model for the Ceremony of the Declaration of the Confraria
Vintage, which now includes a tasting of all Vintage Ports declared that year;
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the amendment to our Customs whereby all confrades who propose new
members are required to attend their Enthronement;
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the admission of numerous individuals of note as honorary confrades. Our
already exceptional Roll of Honorary Chancellors (Heads of State) was enriched
with 11 new members.
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In addition to the dedicated and enlightened cooperation of my Chancellery colleagues,
to whom I express my most sincere and heartfelt thanks, I would also like to express my
appreciation to the following persons and entities for their significant contribution to the
success of our mission:
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The Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP), who always understood the
importance of the Confraria as a vital instrument for promoting Port, for its
precious backing of our initiatives.
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The Port Wine Shippers who have always been on hand in support of the
Confraria and espoused it as an integral part of their being, which it truly is.
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The Association of Port Wine Companies (AEVP) with whom we have a close,
friendly and fruitful relationship.
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Isabel Marrana, Director General of the AEVP, for her invaluable, permanent
and eminently competent support of all of the Confraria’s initiatives.
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The Municipalities of Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto that, whenever an
opportunity arose, always assisted the Confraria in attaining its objectives.
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To all our Confrades, because without them there would be no purpose in our
being and because it is by walking hand-in-hand that our Confraria will continue
to grow in stature and distinction.
Francisco Javier Olazabal, Chancellor
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I – MAIN EVENTS IN 2009
ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY 2009
DEDICATED TO GASTÃO TABORDA
The 2009 Annual Ceremony of Enthronement of New CVP Confrades took place on 27
June at 6:30 p.m. in the Bolsa Palace Hall of Nations. This year’s ceremony honoured
Gastão Taborda, an eminent Douro personage.
Of the thirty-two new Confrades, special mention is made of three who were enthroned
with the rank of INFANÇÃO: the Museu do Douro; Manuel Marcelo Monteiro Curto,
Portuguese Ambassador to Moscow; Luís Caeiro Figo, the internationally famous
football player.
Twenty-two Confrades were enthroned with the rank Cavaleiro, five with the rank of
Mestre and two with the rank of Experto:
The presence of Luis Figo and his wife Helen Swedin attracted widespread media
interest and created much publicity for the Confraria on television, in newspapers and
magazines.
Following the Enthronement Ceremony, the new Confrades and their guests joined the
procession to the Customs House Building, the venue for the Gala Dinner and Dance.
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As usual, Chef Hélio Loureiro served an excellent dinner with the following menu:
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Braised Azores grouper over prawn jelly garnished with a dill froth
Vinho Branco Burmester DOC 2008 – Sogevinus Fine Wines, S.A.
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Milk-fed lamb, vegetable millefeuille, mushroom and savoury creamed potatoes
Altano 2007 Reserva Tinto DOC – Symington Family Estates
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Spoon of Serra da Estrela cheese with a sweet-and-sour toasted almond mousse
Vintage 1985 from several shippers
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Madagascar chocolate soufflé with an orange sorbet and minted chocolate chips
Confraria do Vinho do Porto 20 Years Old Port
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Coffee, tea and sweetmeats
After Hours
- Hot mini-steaks seasoned with garlic and served in bread rolls.
Everyone present had an excellent time and enthusiastically danced through the night.
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XXVI RABELO BOAT REGATTA
The 26th Annual CVP Rabelo Boat Regatta was held on 28 June at 5 p.m. Despite the
slightly cloudy afternoon, the race began on time, followed alongside by some 300
guests on the Douro Azul river cruiser.
On both banks of the river, hundreds of happy onlookers cheered the boats on their way,
adding to the excitement of the most traditional event of its kind that the cities of Porto
and Gaia offer their citizens at this time of the year.
The crews of 16 Rabelo boats representing several Port Wine Shippers (Cockburn, Gran
Cruz, Quinta and Vineyard Bottlers, Sogevinus, Sogrape Vinhos, Symington Family
Estates, Rozès) battled a following wind as they raced upriver with their sails unfurled,
each striving to be the first to reach the finishing line.
Rio Torto of Dow’s, Symington Family Estates, and Quinta dos Canais of Cockburn’s
were the joint winners this year. In effect, although Rio Torto crossed the finishing line
in first place, it suffered a 10 seconds penalty for an incorrect procedure at the starting
line, which tied its time with the second to arrive, Quinta dos Canais.
The prizes were awarded by the Chancellor to the warm applause of all present,
followed by the usual group photographs, accompanied by dancing and singing by the
Lavradeiras Santa Maria Adelaide Folk Dancing Group.
Crews and guests then made their way to Sandeman’s Lodges where they enjoyed
dinner.
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BARON FORRESTER COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE
May 27th, at 12:30 a.m., the Confraria do Vinho do Porto, joined the Museu do Douro
in celebrating the 2nd Centennial of Baron Forrester‘s birth (1809-1861) by unveiling a
commemorative plaque in honour of this historic individual who was so important to the
Demarcated Douro Region and Port Wine, on the wall of the house in which he lived at
Travessa Barão de Forrester number 86, Vila Nova de Gaia.
Those present at the ceremony included Francisco de Olazabal, Chancellor, George
Sandeman, Head Steward, Manuel Maria Magalhães Ferreira, Keeper of Customs, and
Isabel Marrana.
Several members of the Symington family, the current owners of the building, were also
present, together with numerous representatives of other Port Wine companies.
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CONFRARIA DO VINHO DO PORTO CUP
OPORTO GOLF CLUB
Another edition of the CVP Cup at the Oporto Golf Club of Espinho was held on May
30.
The principle objective of this competition, organized by the Confraria in cooperation
with the Oporto Golf Club, is to promote this sport and make it more attractive, whilst
at the same time Port Wine to Golfers.
The CVP Cup is governed by the Stableford rules, with the following handicaps: 24 for
Men and 32 for Ladies.
The competition began at 9:30 a.m. and was followed by a fellowship lunch, with a
horizontal tasting of 20 Years Old Port and participants were given the opportunity to
guess the identity of a mystery 20 Years Old Port.
The following prizes were awarded:
1º Nett: Alfredo Henrique Guimarães
2º Nett: João Ranito
1º Gross General: Manuel Violas
Best Net by a Confrade – António Bissaia Barreto
Winners of the Mystery 20 Years Old Port competition:
António Leite de Castro, Edgar Ferreira, Isabel Rodrigues de Freitas, José Manuel
Cordeiro, Manuel Serrão, Paulo Osório, Raimundo Oliveira, Rolando Lima, Rui
Lacerda.
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ENTHRONMENT OF MILOS FORMAN
The famous movie director, Milos Forman, was enthroned in the Confraria do Vinho do
Porto with the rank of Infanção on September 10, at 6 p.m., in the Bolsa Palace Court
Room, where he also swore allegiance to Port Wine and promised to promote and
dignify it the world over.
In addition to the members of Chancellery, the ceremony was also attended by
Confrades Isabel Marrana, Vilhena Pereira, Manuel Pintão, António Vaz Pinto, Rui
Barbosa, João Antunes and Manuel Carlos da Silva Santos, whom we thank for their
presence.
Milos Forman was born Jan Tomas Forman in the Czech Republic on 18.02.1932. He
was orphaned at an early age after his parents died in Auschwitz.
After Warsaw Pact troops invaded Poland in the summer of 1968, he left Europe for the
United States. He became an American citizen in 1975.
Milos Forman studied Film Direction at the Prague School of Cinema where he
developed his own style of comedy.
Of the many films he has directed, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus are
two of the best known.
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PROCLAMATION OF VINTAGE 2007 CEREMONY AT THE
BOLSA PALACE
The ceremony for the proclamation of the CVP Vintage 2007 was held on 23 October at
the Bolsa Palace.
Included as part of the Great Vintage 2007 Tasting, organized by IVDP, AEVP and
Essência do Vinho, the Ceremony was attended by the Confrades in full ceremonial
regalia. Forty-two full Confrades proclaimed CVP 2007 Vintage Port.
Also present, representatives of several public entities and assorted wine brotherhoods.
The Chancellor opened the Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., as the Confrades lined the main
staircase at the Bolsa Palace, each holding a bottle of his or her respective Vintage Port
2007.
Dr. Francisco Olazabal gave a short speech on the exceptional quality of the wine made
in 2007 that led to the proclamation of this very special, high quality Vintage Port.
The Keeper of Customs, Manuel Maria Magalhães Ferreira, then called each Confrade
to come forward and pour the contents of their bottle of Port into a huge wine glass
belonging to the IVDP. The Head Steward, João Nicolau de Almeida, then stirred the
blend and tasted it, commenting on its characteristics and approving the wine.
The Confraria do Vinho do Porto Vintage 2007 was declared.
IVDP wine Stewards served a glass of CVP Vintage 2003 (the last declared Confraria
Vintage) to all Confrades present for the final toast.
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II - EVENTS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES – NEWS
25.01.2009 – SANCTUARY OF FATIMA
National Pilgrimage Commemorating the Pauline Year (2000 years after the birth of St.
Paul the Apostle).
Dr. João Antunes, our Confrade, presented a gift box containing 1 bottle of 1991
Vintage Port on behalf of the Confraria.
27.02.2009 – MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA CENTENNIAL – LAUNCHING OF
MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA PORT WINE
Quinta da Portelinha commemorated the Manoel de Oliveira Centennial by launching
the Manoel de Oliveira Port Wine at a ceremony held in the head offices of the Museu
do Douro, in Régua.
Francisco Javier de Olazabal and João Nicolau de Almeida were present in
representation of the Confraria, which had been invited to attend by Professor José
António Sarsfield Cabral, President of the Museu do Douro Foundation.
The Confraria gave 18 bottles of CVP Vintage 1994 for the occasion.
04.03.2009 – DINNER GIVEN BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE
REPUBLIC IN BERLIN
The Confraria gave three 12-bottle cases of CVP Vintage 1994 to be served at this
dinner.
17.03.2009 – RTP – PRAÇA DA ALEGRIA TV PROGRAM
“Port Wine, the Best of Portugal” was the topic for RTP’s invitation to the Confraria to
take part in the Praça da Alegria television program.
João Nicolau de Almeida, Head Steward, represented the Confraria, which gave the
following for the program:
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1 gift box containing 1 ship’s decanter and 1 bottle of CVP Vintage 1994
1 bottle of CVP Vintage 1994
4 Siza Vieira glasses
1 Book of Cancelários
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18.04.2009 – 8TH CHAPTER MEETING OF THE CONFRARIA DAS TRIPAS À
MODA DO PORTO
The 8th Chapter Meeting of this Brotherhood was held at 7 p.m. in the Bolsa Palace Hall
of Nations, followed by the traditional dinner of Tripe Porto Style.
Confrade Rui Barbosa represented the Confraria.
23.04.2009 – FRIENDS OF PORT WINE LUNCHEON
Confrades Manuel Poças Pintão and António Maia organized a luncheon of the Friends
of Port Wine at the Casa Branca restaurant, at 1 p.m.
The Confraria gave 6 bottles of Dry White CVP Port and 6 bottles of CVP Vintage
1994 for this occasion.
02.05.2009 – PORTO.COME – MEGA DINNER AT THE PORTO CUSTOMS
HOUSE
The Municipality of Porto, Porto Lazer and the NoMore company organized a major
event to promote the Tastes of the North of Portugal and Galicia - Porto.Come - which
ran from 2 to 10 May at the Porto Customs House.
The Confraria sponsored the Dinner “Porto no Porto” that marked the opening of the
event, on May 2, with the presentation of 1991 Vintage Port.
The following shippers participated in this event:
Porto Poças/ Ferreira/ Ramos Pinto/ Rozès/ Warre/ Cockburn/ Barros/ Niepoort/
Fonseca Guimaraens/ Taylor’s/ Graham/ Qta. do Noval e Wiese Krohn.
Also present at this dinner, in addition to other Confrades: Chancellor and Mrs.
Francisco Olazabal, Mr. and Mrs. George Sandeman, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Magalhães
Ferreira, Dra. Isabel Marrana and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Luís Borlido.
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29.05.2009 – CHEF HÉLIO LOUREIRO THEME DINNER DEDICATED TO
THE CONFRARIA DO VINHO DO PORTO
Chef Hélio Loureiro organized a theme dinner dedicated to the Confraria at the Le Coin
Restaurant, Hotel Porto Palácio, at 8:30 p.m.
Chancellor and Mrs. Franciso Olazabal, Dra. Isabel Marrana and her husband and Mr.
and Mrs. Rui Barbosa were present on behalf of the Confraria.
The Confraria gave the following wines for the dinner:
10 bottles of CVP Vintage 1994; 10 bottles of CVP 20 Years Old Port ; 5 bottles of
CVP dry white Port; 5 bottles of CVP semi-dry Port.
13.06.2009 – ROYAL BROTHERHOOD OF ALVARINHO
EXTRAORDINARY ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY
WINE
The Extraordinary Royal Brotherhood of Alvarinho Wine Enthronement Ceremony was
held in the Misericórdia Chapel in Monção at 10 a.m., followed by a procession to the
Alvarinho fair, in whose auditorium an aperitif of Alvarinho Wine was served. Lunch
was served at 1:30 p.m. in the Hotel das Termas.
Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Poças Pintão represented the Chancellor of the Confraria on this
occasion.
19.06.2009 – XI PORTO CARTOON-WORLD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The XI Porto Cartoon-World International Festival was held in the Museu de Imprensa
at 6.00 pm.
The Confraria has, over the past few years, given the first prize to the winning cartoon.
This year’s PORTO CARTOON winners were:
Os vencedores deste XI Porto Cartoon foram os seguintes:
- GRAND PRIZE
Mihai Ignat - Romania
- 2nd PRIZE
Augusto Cid – Portugal
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- 3rd PRIZE
Zygmunt Zaradkiewicz - Poland
Assunção Cálem presented the First Prize to Mihai Ignat on behalf of the Chancellery.
The Confraria prize consisted of a wood gift box containing the following wines:
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2 bottles CVP Vintage 1991
2 bottles CVP Vintage 1994
2 bottles CVP Vintage 2003
08.09.2009 – RTP TV PROGRAM ON THE VINTAGE LIVE FROM THE
DOURO
This program was filmed live at 9 a.m. at Sogrape Vinhos, SA’s Quinta da Leda, in the
Douro. This company invited the Confraria and all Confrades who wished to attend to
be present.
Chancellor Francisco Olazabal was presented on behalf of the Confraria.
14.09.2009 – PORTO CANAL TV INTERVIEW
On September 14, Isabel Marrana was interviewed on the Porto Canal television station
regarding the forthcoming proclamation of the CVP 2007 Vintage.
During the interview, which was filled in our installations, special attention was paid to
the Confraria wine cellar.
28.09.2009 – RTP TV INTERVIEW
Invited by RTP, Chancellor Dr. Francisco Olazabal was interviewed at 11:30 a.m. on
Port Wine and the Confraria do Vinho do Porto.
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14.10.2009 – CREATION OF THE BRATISLAVA PORT WINE CLUB
The Confraria was asked for material for the newly-created Bratislava Port Wine Club
in Slovakia.
The Confraria sent the following:
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1 case of 6 bottles of 1982 Vintage from several shippers - the year it was
founded
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1 CVP ship’s decanter
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1 CVP brochure
23.10.2009 – ASSOCIAÇÃO COMERCIAL DO
PRESENTATION OF THE DOURO VALLEY
EXHIBITION
PORTO DINNER –
– WINE TOURISM
Chancellor Francisco Olazabal was invited by the Associação Comercial do Porto [Porto
Commercial Association] to attend a dinner for the presentation of the Douro Valley Wine Tourism Exhibition, an event scheduled for the 24th and 25th of October at the
Bolsa Place and with the institutional sponsorship of Estrutura de Missão do Douro
[Mission Douro Structure].
Douro-Valley-Guia de Gastronomia e Vinhos, a wine and food guide, was also
launched on this occasion.
29.10.2009 – FRIENDS OF PORT WINE LUNCHEON
A luncheon of the Friends of Port Wine, organized by the Confrades Manuel Poças
Pintão and António Maia, was held at 1 p.m. at the Solar do Vinho do Porto in Porto.
The Confraria gave a 6-bottle-case of CVP 10 Years Old Port and a 6-bottle-case of
CVP Dry White Port for this occasion.
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02.11.2009 – UNIVERSITY OF PORTO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
The Confraria was invited to present a paper at the 2009 International IEEE-IECON
Conference, organized by the University of Porto and the Institute of Electronic and
Electrotechnical Engineering (IEEE) of the USA.
George Sandeman, Head Steward of the Confraria, spoke on Port Wine and the
Confraria.
Other members of the Chancellery present on this occasion were António Vasconcelos,
Inspector of Weights and Measures, and Manuel Maria Magalhães Ferreira, Keeper of
Customs.
Cálem Port Wine was served at the cocktail party.
23.11.2009 – 6TH PORT WINE AND FOOD COMPETITION PRIZE GIVING
The prize giving ceremony for the 6th Port Wine and Food Competition, a promotional
event organized by the IVDP with the collaboration of Inter Magazine, was held at 4:30
p.m. at the Infante Sagres Hotel.
Of the winners of the Gold Diploma, special mention is made of the following
restaurants in the Douro and Porto Region:
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Restaurante Castas e Pratos, da Régua – Informal/Casual category
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Restaurante D.O C., de Armamar – Fine Dining category
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Restaurante Pai Ramiro, do Porto – Informal/Casual category
Chancellor Francisco Olazabal represented the Confraria at this event.
OBITUARY
It is with great sadness that we note the death, on 3 July, of Hubert Gwyn Jennings, a
Member of the Confraria who always honoured our brotherhood and who dedicated his
life to the Port Wine Trade.
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III - SPECIAL CONFRARIA PRODUCTS
Umbrella, Standard Size: € 15,00
Umbrella, Golf Size: € 25,00
Silk ties with the Confraria emblem: € 15,00
Ladies’ silk scarf with the Confraria emblem: € 23,00
Lapel pins with and w/o long pin: € 20,00
Metal badge of rank – Mestre and Experto: € 5,00
Crystal Decanter with engraved Confraria emblem: € 95,00