Our ‘(Virtual) Conversations with Winemakers’ continues with two new virtual Port Masterclasses in May, hosted by Churchill’s founder and head winemaker Johnny Graham. Johnny is joined by his son, James Graham, to discuss “New Ways to Enjoy Port” and by fellow winemaker Ricardo Pinto Nunes for a Vintage Port Masterclass where they will share a cask sample of Churchill’s soon to be bottled: Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha Vintage 2018.
– Tuesday 12 May (in English) and Thursday 14 May (in Portuguese): Johnny Graham is joined by his son James Graham to discuss “New Ways to Enjoy Port.”
– Tuesday 19 May (in English) and Thursday 21 May (in Portuguese): Johnny Graham and Ricardo Pinto Nunes will conduct a Vintage Port Masterclass, where they will share a cask sample of the soon to be bottled Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha Vintage 2018.
The tastings will be live-streamed in English on Churchill’s Instagram, at 8.00pm BST and will last 45 minutes, including live question and answer sessions. The e-tastings will also be available to view on-demand afterwards.
You can purchase the wines online in advance – in a bundle with free shipping to most of Europe – to participate as if you are being transported to Churchill’s intimate tasting room in Porto. The bundles are designed for a two person tasting, with 37,5cl bottles of vintage ports, where available, and a selection of white and tawny port that will keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Johnny and James will discuss new ways consumers are enjoying port today, including sharing cocktail suggestions from bartenders around the world, ahead of World Cocktail Day. With summer around the corner but many of us still choosing to stay safe and social distance, this session will feature a tutorial on Churchill’s iconic white port and tonic, to bring a taste of sunny Portugal to your homes.
Johnny and Ricardo will be showcasing a vertical of Churchill’s vintages, starting with Late Bottled Vintage, Churchill’s 1994 Vintage Port and Churchills 2014 Vintage Port, a special cellar release of Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha 2005 Vintage Port and a cask sample of the soon to be bottled Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha 2018 Vintage Port.