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(Online tasting) Delicious Dao

(Online tasting) Delicious Dao

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The Dao region of Portugal has always had a natural advantage - a cooler, wetter climate than the Douro, for example, meant it could offer fresher styles of wine.

And yet using grapes found in other Portuguese regions served to mask the Dao's distinctiveness, not helped by well-meaning government efforts to develop the region mainly through cooperatives.

After Portugal joined the EU in the late 1980s the cooperative stranglehold was loosened paving the way for small producers to follow a path of independence and innovation.

Today Dao producers are focusing more on the unique grape varieties of the area and making intriguing wines just in time to meet a surge in demand from consumers seeking new things.

Join us we try two white wines - one a blend of grapes and the other showcasing the signature character of Encruzado (almost unique to the Dao) and a red blend lead by the distinctive Alfrocheiro.


You buy the wines separately and need only consume a tasting sample of each wine during the tutorial. You can follow our preservation tips to keep any leftovers for another day.

James Thorne has put together a 3-bottle pack at an exclusive 15% discount.

The price here on this website is for TWO connecting with one video feed. To book just ONE space, please use the promotional code 'Online1' at checkout, reducing the price by £8. (For three or more people using one video feed there is no additional charge beyond the price for two). 

After you book your spaces, we'll send a link for ordering the wines. We will also send instructions for joining Zoom calls from a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Zoom is proving to be a very sociable medium for wine tasting, so we can guarantee you'll have fun! Each session will last just over an hour.

Note - the best value way to access our online tastings is by joining our monthly subscription club (20% discount). This gives you access to our weekly classes and if you need to skip sessions we give you credits (use these to pay for other events, give free spaces to friends or arrange a private party we'll host for you). Plus you get free access to our WineBrain tutorials included! 

Click here to read more about our Wednesday Wine Club membership programme (just £50/month for one, £80/month for two).

The Wines (in serving order):

  • Quinta da Mariposa Branco 2019 Dão £13.99
  • Quinta da Mariposa Encruzado 2017 Dão £19.99
  • Álvaro Castro, Outeiro 2016 Dão £14.49

The special pack price is £41.19 (the normal price is £48.47 - 15% off). You only need to buy one pack to share between two people. Delivery is free in the Cambridge area (inside A14, A11, M11, Girton, Histon, Milton and Impington).

NOTE - cut off for national wine deliveries is Mon 27 Sep.

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