In a response to this moment of social distancing, Churchill’s aims to bring its community from around the world closer together to taste, talk, and learn about the wines our winemakers are so passionate about.
On Tuesday 14th and 21st April, participants had the opportunity to learn from Johnny Graham, one of the port world’s master blenders and founder/head winemaker at Churchill’s. Johnny led a port tasting about three styles of port, with some of Churchill’s iconic ports: Churchill’s Dry White Port, Churchill’s Reserve Port and Churchill’s 10 Year Old Tawny.
“I’ve given countless tastings over the years to teach people about port and Churchill’s specific style of port, but I never imagined I’d be showing my wines alone in my home to an audience around the world,” said Johnny Graham. “What I love about port is that it brings people together… We hope this will create that sense of community.”
On Thursday 16th and 23rd April, Ricardo Pinto Nunes took the audience on a journey into the soul of Churchill’s Douro wines, with a tasting of Churchill’s single estate terroir wines from Quinta da Gricha, from Talhão 8 – Touriga Nacional, a single varietal from a single vineyard plot at Quinta da Gricha, to the terroir blends Gricha and Quinta da Gricha.
“The Douro is one of the most magical places on earth. I’m looking forward to sharing a bit of what I know about the terroir, encouraging people to taste some new wines, and, hopefully, inspiring them to come visit us when this is all over.”, is Ricardo’s invitation.
Ricardo has been making wines at Quinta da Gricha since Churchill’s launched its first Douro wine in 2002. He joined forces with Johnny early in his career after spending his early 20s working in new world wineries from Chile to New Zealand. Together, they have merged Johnny’s expertise in port blending with Ricardo’s global training in viticulture and enology to produce wines that further their mission to put the Douro on the map as one of the world’s great wine producing regions.