The Bristol-Oporto Association arranges a wide range of events on a Portuguese theme. New events are regularly added, so keep checking this page. Past events have included cinema, wine tastings, performing arts, jazz, choirs, fado, barbecues and quiz nights.
Keep up with these events and others either here or on our Facebook page.
Bristol now has its very own wine, but don’t worry if you’ve never seen it on the shelves. At present, there’s just one small problem: the label is missing some key information, so it isn’t legal to sell it in the UK yet. But I have tasted it!
That was at a wine tasting evening arranged by the Bristol-Porto Twinning Association – a group that fosters links and arranges exchange visits between Bristol and friends in the Portuguese city with whom we have had trading links for many centuries.
The event was hosted by Alan, the owner of Clifton Cellars, one of Bristol’s best independent wine merchants. He brought along a selection of wines which truly showed how far Portugal has advanced since the days when it was only known for Mateus Rosé. Aklan has an excellent blog about wine here.
The tasting included 2 very different whites: Quinta de Gomariz’s vibrant, citrussy Alvarinho (aka Alboriño) from the Vinho Verde region (£13.99) and Lagar de Darei, a richer and subtly oaked bottle from the Daô made from the local Encruzado variety (£11.98)
Of the reds, Patraô Diogo’s Aragonez- (Tempranillo) based red (£12.85) is a fascinating and rare representative of the tiny Colares region on the coast west of Lisbon. Its sandy soils have resisted the phylloxera bug and so vines there can be planted on their own rootstocks. The Vinha da Mouro (£13.50) from the Alentejo showed a lovely southern warmth and richness and brought the evening to a happy close.
The ‘Port O’Bristol’ is from a traditionally planted vineyard at the far eastern end of the Douro Valley. Produced by Ramos Pinto’s winemaker, this was brought over in barrel from Portugal in a sailing boat and bottled in Bristol. There’s a tiny production and this is the first vintage of a wine that is certainly a ‘work in progress’ at present but one that is worth keeping a close eye on.
If you are interested in joining the Bristol-Porto Twinning Association, please go to this page, download the membership slip, attach a cheque and post it to the address on the slip.
Following our recent presence at the Bristol Harbourside Festival, Paulette North of Ujima Radio (98FM in Bristol) invited us to an interview. Your webmaster duly appeared at the appointed hour on 29th September. The results can be heard on the Listen Again section on their website here.
Search for Outlook with Paulette 1pm hour 2 of 2.
Our chairperson, Liz Gamlin and your webmaster were recently invited to Bristol Community Radio (BCfm, 93.2Mhz, site) for an
interview and to publicise our association. The results may be heard here - look for Silver Sounds 11:00 26/11/15. We hope
we managed to reach out to more people and to give an informative interview.
BOA chairpersonLiz Gamlin and BITA co-ordinator Alix Hughes met with Dave Trigger, the Castle Park ranger on 19th November 2015 to discuss the situation regarding the Oporto ceramic floor. The ceramic piece of public art is entitled “only dead fish float with the current” and was created by Spike Island artist Vic Moreton in the famous traditional Ceramica do Douro factory in Oporto, after his design won a competition with artists from both Oporto and Bristol. The piece was unveiled in 1993 as part of the revamped Castle Park’s huge range of new public art. The Oporto ceramic has been lovingly repaired by Dave Trigger each time it has been damaged by weather or park users. Sadly it has now reached the stage of being beyond repair and the BOA is leading the discussion to have it removed and perhaps re configured on a wall along Oporto Quay. The BOA would like to hear your views on this.
Representatives from the BOA joined members of the One Tree Per Child team and councillors from Oporto in Castle Park on 9th October 2015 to plant a tree. Deputy Mayor Felipe Araújo and Deputy Councillor Luis Assunçião from Oporto City Council were in Bristol to attend the Eurocities Environmental Forum and took time out to plant a Sorbus Bristoliensis. Twin city Oporto want to send us one of their Portuguese Oak Trees in the future and we will be sending another sorbus bristoliensis to Oporto for their National Tree Day in November. The sorbus bristoliensis only grows in the Avon Gorge in Bristol, and we are thus quite proud of it.
The aim of the tree planting was to symbolise the growth of the link and to mark Oporto’s celebration of our European Green Capital Year. The idea originally came from a conversation in Oporto with Bristol City Council’s head of sustainability, Alex Minshull and the project was progressed by Alix Hughes from the BOA and Richard Ennion from the BCC parks team.
From left to right:
Maureen Gillet’s (committee member) partner, Cllr Mark Wright, Maureen Gillett, Richard Pople, Richard Ennion, Cllr Felipe Araujo, Alix Hughes, Cllr Luis Assuncao, Will Fawcett
Councillor Dr Mark Wright (Lib Dem councillor for Cabot Ward which includes Castle Park) and Councillor Felipe Araújo