AldeaToday, 50+  New York City food and wine bloggers will receive their formal invitation to join Catavino at a Portuguese wine tasting at Aldea on July 22nd, courtesy of Viniportugal, to kick off the European Wine Blogger’s Conference coming up this October 30th in Lisbon. For those of you not familiar with Aldea, it is a brand new restaurant in the heart of NYC featuring innovative, haute Portuguese cuisine with a twist, such as (according to Ryan Sutton’s recent 3-star review in Bloomberg.com) “garlic foams, chocolate gels, sardine Napoleons and candied olives.”

Sounds enticing, no?

However, we realize that the majority of you will not be able to attend this exciting event, but there’s no reason why you should miss out! Consequently, Viniportugal has generously offered 1 free trip plus expenses to the European Wine Blogger’s Conference to any active USA wine blogger, wine/food blogger or an invitee to the NY tasting. For specific rules of entry, simply dash off a request to viniportugal@dunnrobbinsgroup.com.

This is an incredible opportunity that should not be missed! Just a few deep thoughts about the upcoming conference, or the current state of Portuguese wines, and you may win a free trip to the European Wine Blogger’s Conference!

Saludos & Good Luck!

Gabriella Opaz

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  • http://www.bubblebrothers.com/blog Julian

    I thought I'd found a potential answer to my shall-I shan't-I problem concerning the EWBC. Alas no. I may be active, but I'm not USA. Ah well. Back to the drawing board.

    • http://catavino.net/ ryan

      Sorry about that, we still hope we can find a way for you to join us!

  • Gilda Riquelme

    Port wine has to be one of the finest types wines that you can drink it has a wide range of prices along with years of aging, a very earthy taste , but when you have it aged nothing beats the taste . My hats off to the Portuguese people who produce it……

  • http://www.thewinehub.com/ PHILIPS. KAMPE

    Gabriella has opened our eyes into the world we live in-”Bloggers Paradise”!
    To meet fellow bloggers and discuss the joy and freedom and emotion attached to each posting makes me want to grow wings and fly to Portugal.
    Stranger things have happened!!

  • carriejorgensen

    So, how did the NY event go? Who won the trip?
    For a wine bloggers event, I'm surprised I can't find any online feedback!

    • http://www.catavino.net Ryan Opaz

      Once you hear our adventure you'll know why we have not been that communicative…that saiid, the event was great, and everyone had a good time…Now to give people to assemble there thoughts before the posts start showing up.

  • FabulousPhil

    I attended a GREAT pre-Wine Bloggers Conference ( Lisbon..October 30th, 31st..isn't that HALLOWEEN? and November 1st) at ALDEA (NYC), George Mendes futuristic restaurant wirh food inspirations from the past.
    The event was worthwhile, as I met so many bloggers who were keenly focused on the 4 star appetizers and the variety of top level budget wines. Hosted by Vini Portugal and PR by wine knowledgable Aileen Robbins of Robbins/Dunn.
    I now plan on attending the Conference ( maybe my story will win??) because Ryan and Gabriella made me realize that their dream was heartfelt, brilliant and necessary for bloggers to unite in open forums.
    Count me in!!!

    • carriejorgensen

      Thanks for the feedback Phil, we sent wine, (did you try our Incognito?) but couldn't make it to the event itself, as I flew direct from Lisbon to SF yesterday, to have a day or 2 here in California prior to the WBC09 in Santa Rosa.

      • FabulousPhil

        Carrie,
        Forgot to comment on Incognito…it was in a class of it's own at the tasting…and yes,it is not a budget wine by anybody's standards.
        Phil

    • http://www.catavino.net Ryan Opaz

      Phil it was great to meet you too and we do hope to meet you in Lisbon in a few months! Cheers, and stay in touch

      • FabulousPhil

        Ryan and Gabriella,
        It was nice to meet you…Looks like everyone is getting excited about Portugal….and the wines that have unusual grapes….and the cuisine,thanks to Chef Mendes….
        FYI…I went back to the restaurant and tried the food in a different setting and was blown away…Often I go to Newark for Portuguese food,but,none of those restaurants have mysterious twists on dishes like George does…The wine slection was great and affordable…

  • RobBralow

    Hey Ryan, great events. Good to meet you. Looking forward to the next time.

    Here is my link:

    http://rfbwinepost.blogspot.com/2009/07/vinipor

    Cheers,
    Rob

  • http://www.StrumErika.com/ Erika

    Hi Gabriella, so great to meet you guys and hope to see you in the Fall! Here is the link to my post on the Aldea event:
    http://www.strumerika.com/2009/07/30/duck-rice-

  • http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/ RichardA

    Here is my contest entry, a look at the future of Portuguese wines.

    http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com/2009/08/po

  • http://grapesandgrainsnyc.com/ David Flaherty

    Hi Everyone,
    First off, hip hip to Portugal and thanks for organizing the NYC tasting at Aldea. It was great to meet some fellow NYC bloggers in person (strange considering we're tweeting and commenting and emailing and electronically prodding and poking, yet had never met!).
    Anyways, cool approach to rounding us all up and reminding us how great the wines are coming out of Portugal.
    I'd love to meet you all for a drink in Lisbon and I promise to bring a salted, dried fish.
    Here's my wee write up: http://www.grapesandgrainsnyc.com/2009/08/portu
    Best,
    David

    • FabulousPhil

      David and the Blogger World!
      It is so nice to hear words of praise about Portugal. I was at the Cello Bar Opening last night in New York (229 East 53rd) sipping a Portuguese Alvarino (one of only two dozen wines this wine bar serves) and thinking about the upcoming European Wine Bloggers Conference in October.
      Like cheese, which always tastes better in Europe, I was wondering if Alvarino tastes better in Portugal? There is only one way to find out>>>go there and and drink a nice, chilled glass of Alvarino during the conference….
      Speaking of the conference and George Mendes and Aldea and (sweaty that evening) Ryan and beautiful Gabriella, here is my blog with EuropEON spelled incorrectly to get your attention…

      http://europeonwinebloggersconference.blogspot….

      • FabulousPhil

        Hello Everyone…
        So sorry that I didn't include photos in my last blog….that is another reason why I need help in Lisbon…
        Here they are…with my blog…
        Phil
        http://www.thewinehub.blogspot.com/

        • mariarev

          Your saga completes the process for those uncertain thoughts of whether to attend and learn or just think about going to Lisbon. The blog summed up all aspects regarding ALDEA ( no, I don't live in NY, but, want to visit this amazing chef) and the history and facts regarding wines from Portugal. I'm glad you didn't talk about PORT…we all know that story…but, for $150USD look what I can attend and experience and network and learn..Can't wait to go..
          Thanks to your blog..

          • FabulousPhil

            I am so glad my blog made you aware….(beyond all of the valuable information on the EWBC's website),… that Lisbon, Aldea and the conference are all inter-linked to help us become better at what we do…the world is your classroom….our job is to educate and communicate what we see, taste and feel into words that the reader can grasp…or become curious about…..the hunger for knowledge is in all of us…and presently, for me, it is focused on Portugal.

  • allanwright

    I created my blog entry in hopes of winning!

    http://travelswithwine.com/?p=101

  • winedanddined

    Here is my contest entry: the growing popularity of portuguese wine in the US as a test case for how the wine induustry can leverage social networking to increase awareness of wines, and ultimately sales.
    http://www.winedanddined.com/2009/08/portugal-w

  • FabulousPhil

    I am so glad my blog made you aware….(beyond all of the valuable information on the EWBC's website),… that Lisbon, Aldea and the conference are all inter-linked to help us become better at what we do…the world is your classroom….our job is to educate and communicate what we see, taste and feel into words that the reader can grasp…or become curious about…..the hunger for knowledge is in all of us…and presently, for me, it is focused on Portugal.