Next Event ~ Iberian Supper Club ~ Next Date for your diary - Saturday 29th June - Tickets £30 ~ 7pm @ Sweet Pea Cafe

The next Iberian Supper Club is on Saturday 29th June. If you want to experience authentic Iberian food right here in West Kirby then why not join us? To tempt you here's the menu for the evening:

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Menu

Welcome drink – Portuguese sparkling wine

Salmorejo Cordobés

Chilled tomato soup from Córdoba

Pasteis de Bacalhau com Salada

Salted cod cakes with a vinaigrette salad

Feijoada com Chourico
Slow simmered bean & chourico stew

Main Course

Rape estilo Cedeira

Cedeira style monkfish with prawn sauce

Dessert

Tarta tres chocolates

Three chocolate tart

Wine, beer, port & soft drinks will be available to buy on the evening

Contact us if you’d like to join us on the evening but be quick as places are limited. A £10 deposit will be required per person to book your place.

Next Event ~ May Wine Sampling ~ Next Date for your diary - Friday 3rd May - Tickets £8.50 ~ From 6.30 - 8pm 

‘Years & Years’

Thank you to everyone who came to our April wine sampling 'Celebrating the Alentejo'*. For some it was their first taste of Portuguese wine & for others it was an opportunity to try some fantastic wines that are very rarely found in this country.  
* Though we were slightly disappointed no-one turned up in a cork jacket & trainers..boo

For Mays sampling we are exploring Portuguese wine by year. We will have wines from 2012 onwards, including all types & originating from all of the major wine producing regions. It's a great opportunity to explore the differences between an aged wine vs those that are to be drunk young. However our main aim is for you to enjoy the wine whatever the year!

As always if you want to buy a bottle (or two) of wines sampled they will be offered at a discount on the evening.

Join us on Friday 3rd May when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £8.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

April Wine Sampling ~ Next Date for your diary - Friday 5th April - Tickets £8.50 ~ From 6.30 - 8pm 

Celebrating the Alentejo

For our next wine sampling we are celebrating the beautiful & historic Alentejo region. This is the largest region in Portugal covering approximately one third of the country. Often referred to as 'Portugals garden' the Alentejo is home to the famous cork plantations & vineyards which have provided an income for its people for the last several centuries.

As many of you know cork is an extremely sustainable material & can be easily recycled which is why you will come across a vast selection of goods in Portugal made from cork including hats, coats, umbrellas & even trainers, what an ensemble that it is!

The vast majority of Portuguese wines still use natural corks & the Alentejo wines are, not surprisingly, no exception. Broadly speaking wines from this region are, big, bold & full-flavoured. This is due to the very high temperatures the grapes grow in. The blending  of indigenous grapes such as trincadeira & international grapes including syrah & cabernet sauvignon, create intense, unique & flavourful wines which are certainly worth your attention & worth us focusing on in our April sampling.  

As always if you want to buy a bottle (or two) of wines sampled they will be offered at a discount on the evening.

Join us on Friday 5th April when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £8.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you’d like to join us on the 1st feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

We'd love to see you there!

Iberian 'Easter Celebration' Supper Club ~ Next Event ~ Saturday 13th April 7pm start ~ Sweet Pea Cafe ~ £30 pp

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Thank you to everyone who came to our last supper club in March. From sardines, peri peri chicken to a cuttle fish stew we covered a significant part of the Iberian peninsula in one evening!

For the next supper club we've put together an Easter celebration menu that includes a Spanish Lent stew & the very traditional 'bacaloa/bacalhau' as main course. If you'd like to join us & Sweet Pea cafe for an Easter Iberian experience here's the menu in full:

Menu

Welcome drink – Portuguese sparkling wine

Sopa de Peixe

Fish soup

Guiso de Cuaresma

Lent Stew, chickpeas with spinach & free range eggs

Pica Pau

Pork & beef fried in olive oil, garlic & wine

Main Course

Bacalao en salsa de tomates y pimientos del piquillo

Salted cod in tomato & piquillo pepper sauce

Dessert

Torrijas con Helado

Spanish french toast with ice cream

Wine, beer, port & soft drinks will be available to buy on the evening

Contact us if you’d like to join us on the evening but be quick as places are limited.

Next Event ~ March Wine Sampling ~ Next Date for your diary - Friday 1st March - Tickets £8.50 ~ From 6.30 - 8pm 

Explore Northern Portugal including New Wines!

We wanted to start our year of wine sampling evenings with a chance to try some of our new wines from Northern Portugal. We have two from arguably the most famous of the Portuguese wine regions, the Douro & one from the less well known but still impressive Beira region. Quinta de Sete Bagos is located in the Douro superior region, a small family run quinta they only produce a few thousand bottles a year & sell only to individuals or small businesses which makes trying them very special. They have a unique combination of grapes delivering a true taste of the Douro region. We'll offer one white & one red from this quinta which will be accompanied by others from the Douro, Minho & Beira regions as well as a selection of cheeses, meats & other nibbles.

If you’d like to join us on the 1st feel free to contact us.

Iberian Supper Club ~ Saturday 2nd March 7pm ~ Sweet Pea Cafe ~ £30 pp

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Thank you to everyone who came to our last Iberian supper club. There was plenty of good food, wine, chat & laughter...always a good sign! If you'd like to join us & Sweet Pea cafe for this months Iberian experience here's the menu:

Menu

Welcome drink – ‘Red Ox’ with Licor Beirao

Sopa de Lentejas Castellanas con chorizo y panceta

Lentil soup from Castilla with chorizo & bacon

Sardinas en escabeche sobre pan de broa y cachelos

Marinated sardines on corn bread with potatoes

Asinhas de galinha com piri-piri
Piri-Piri chicken wings

Main Course

Feijoada de chocos
Slow simmered bean, chourico & cuttlefish stew served with rice

Dessert

Tarta de limon al horno

Baked lemon tart

Wine, beer, port & soft drinks will be available to buy on the evening

Contact us if you’d like to join us on the evening but be quick as places are limited.

Iberian Supper Club ~ Saturday 26th January 7pm ~ Sweet Pea Cafe ~ £30 pp

As the supper club event in December was so well received we are very pleased to say we are again combining efforts with Susana & Jorge from the Sweet Pea cafe to offer another Iberian Supper Club this month.

Once again we are offering the chance to experience five courses that truly reflect the food of the Iberian peninsula. We will also have a selection of wines & beer from the region available to buy on the evening to help deliver that authentic Iberian experience.

The Menu

Welcome drink – White port tonic - Portuguese twist on the famous G&T

Caldo Verde

Kale soup with chourico, Portugals most special & heart warming soup

Peixinhos da Horta

Runner Bean Fritters with Coriander/Garlic Aioli, Portugals very own tempura dish

Carne de Porco a Alentejana

Pork & Clams, traditional Portuguese surf & turf

Main Course

Meluza en Salsa Verde

Hake in Salsa Verde

Dessert

Tarta de queso La Vina

La Vina Cheese Cake - Spains most famous cheese cake

Wine, beer, port & soft drinks will be available to buy on the evening.

Contact us if you’d like to join us on the evening but be quick as places are limited.

Wine & Port Sampling Evening ~ Friday 7th December ~ Tickets £10

Seasonal Celebration

Its nearly that time of year again, time to celebrate, over-indulge & generally enjoy time with friends & family.   

For our final sampling evening of 2018 we're showcasing a selection of seasonal drinks that are a perfect way to begin your celebrations. As well as a selection of wines you can choose from a range of arguably the quintessential Christmas drink, port. We'll have 4 on offer - a white port, ideal as an aperitif, a traditional ruby, a reserve tawny & a 20 year tawny. The tawnies are aged in oak barrels which gives them their distinctive light brown (tawny) colour & rich dried fruit flavour, the depth of flavour reflects the length of time in the barrel. A perfect accompaniment to your cheese board or dessert.

As always we'll have a selection of cheeses & other nibbles available to enjoy with the wine & port. If you want to buy a bottle (or two) of drinks sampled they will be offered at a discount on the evening.

Join us on Friday 7th December when you can try 3 different drinks, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £10 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places.

Iberian Christmas ~ Saturday 15th December ~ Tickets £35

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As much as we all love turkey & sprouts(!) a traditional Christmas dinner can be fairly predictable so to shake things up a little we are joining with our friend Susana in the Sweet Pea cafe to hold an Iberian Christmas on Saturday 15th December. On the evening there will be a specially designed set menu where you will have a chance to try a number of traditional dishes from both Portugal & Spain. Further details will be available soon. Places will be limited so if you want to be first in line to know more feel free to get in touch.

Wine Sampling Evening ~ Friday 7th September ~ Tickets £7.50

Summer Twilight

We are now entering the latter part of Summer so we thought we'd give you the chance to try some of our more robust & distinctive wines. They each have their own character based on the region they originate from but also the blend of grapes used. We will also try one of our certified organic wines from the Minho region.

Many of you will be aware of organic wines from all over the world. In Portugal many are certified by the Ecocert organisation. We have several wines with this certification, however this can be costly & some smaller quintas choose to use organic methods but do not get certified which means they are not clearly marked. Organic wines are known to have some beneficial properties including lower presence of sulphites as well as the obvious environmental pluses. However the only way to know if you will enjoy them is to come along & try whats on offer!

As always we'll have a selection of cheeses & other nibbles available to enjoy with the wine. 

Join us on Friday 7th September when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places & tell us how many are coming. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

We'd love to see you there!

Celebrate our 3rd Birthday!

Saturday 11th August ~ Peri Peri Chicken & drink £7.50 per person

3 years...I know we can't believe it either! We opened our doors early August 2015 & in many ways it seems like yesterday. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us so far & we hope we can continue to bring the best Portugal & Britains artisans have to offer!

To celebrate our birthday we will be bringing out the BBQ again, grilling a Portuguese favourite, peri peri chicken, on Saturday 11th August from 5pm. A plate of peri peri chicken plus a glass of vinho or bottle of beer will be £7.50. We hope the long hot Summer continues so come down & join us, it would be fantastic to see you.

 

Wine Sampling Evening ~ NEXT DATE ~ Friday 3rd August ~ Tickets £7.50

Travel Portugal

We know many of you are off on your Summer holidays very soon & some have already been on their travels so we've decided to 'Travel Portugal' from here in West Kirby with our selection of wines this month. We'll travel North to South, East to West with wines from Douro, Beira, Alentejo & Minho. There will also be a chilled rosé port available for you to try, a relatively new addition to the range of traditional ports from the Douro valley. Refreshing, light & fruity.

As always we'll have a selection of cheeses & other nibbles available to enjoy with the wine. 

Join us on Friday 3rd August when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

Celebrate Portugal Day! 

Saturday 9th June* ~ Sardinhas & drink £6 per person

Portugal Day, commemorating the death of celebrated poet Luis de Camoes on 10th June 1580, is rapidly approaching. As last years celebration was a great success we're going to repeat it this year. On Saturday 9th June* in typical Portuguese style we'll be grilling fresh sardines accompanied by a chilled glass of wine, robust red or refreshing beer for £6 per person. We'll start around 5pm so come along & join us for a great evening.

*Ok its not the 10th but we're celebrating early :) 

Wine Sampling Evening ~ NEXT DATE ~ Friday 1st June ~ Tickets £7.50

'Summers Here!'

For our June 'Summers Here!' sampling we're going to showcase a selection of drinks that suit perfectly the warmer long evenings with white port tonic as the star attraction. White port is something very familiar to those that have holidayed in Portugal but for some its a completely new experience. White port is traditionally made with a blend of arinto, viosinho, gouveio & malvasia fino grapes. Like wine it has varying levels of sweetness from extra dry to the very much sweeter 'lagrima'.

For the 1st June we'll be tasting the extra dry version with a 'Fever Tree' tonic, lime & a few leaves of mint. Ideal for a Summers evening...which Friday 1st June will no doubt be (fingers crossed!)

In addition to the port tonic you'll also have the chance to try a single variety rosé, a tastebud tingling vinho verde, a fruity white or some lighter summery reds. As always we'll have a selection of cheeses & other nibbles available to enjoy with the wine. 

Join us on Friday 1st June when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

Wine Sampling Evening ~ NEXT DATE ~ Friday 4th May ~ Tickets £7.50

'Celebrate Spring!'

For our May sampling we're going to celebrate the coming of Spring with a selection of lighter reds & refreshing whites that all that deliver great, distinct tastes. From single grapes to the traditional blends we'll explore the country to demonstrate how Portuguese wine can complement the coming of spring, rain or shine! As always we'll have a selection of cheeses & other nibbles available to enjoy with the wine. 

Join us on Friday 4th May when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

Wine Sampling Evening - NEXT DATE ~ Friday 2nd March ~ Tickets £7.50

'Exploring the regions'

The variation in Portuguese wines, particularly given the size of the country, is impressive. We're using the next wine sampling to showcase this. You will have the opportunity to try wines from Lisbon, Douro, Alentejo, Setubal & Beira regions. Its still a tad chilly so we'll include some bolder reds as well as some rather  substantial whites. Its a very relaxed atmosphere, for us its all about enjoying the wine. If you want to know more about the wines there will be some tasting notes available on the evening & we're always on hand to share our knowledge of the wine & the regions themselves. We will also offer some savings on the wines sampled on the evening.  

Join us for this sampling on Friday 2nd March when you can try 3 different wines, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) & you can arrive from 6.30pm finishing about 8pm.  

If you'd like to join us feel free to contact us to reserve your places. As always we'll be holding the sampling in the shop so its advisable to book to avoid disappointment :)

Portuguese Supper Club ~ Saturday 10th February  ~ 7pm start @ the Nook Cafe

Following on from the success of the first Portuguese supper club in September we are holding another one on Saturday 10th February @7pm. As last time this will be held in the Nook cafe on Banks Road & once again we will showcasing some fantastic Portuguese specialities on the evening.

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Saturday 10th February @ 7pm


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'Red Ox' Beirao drink upon arrival

Entradas Portuguesas
Portuguese starters - seasoned olives, cheese & pate with bread

Peixinhos da Horta
Runner bean fritters

Sardinhas com pimentos assados
Portuguese canned sardines with roasted peppers

Asinhas de galinha com piri-piri
Piri-Piri chicken wings

Main Course

Feijoada de chocos
Slow simmered bean, chourico & cuttlefish stew, served with rice


Dessert

Pera de bebeda
'Drunk Pear' - Pear poached in port wine


Coffee or Tea

Recommended minimum contribution is £25 per head

3 Portuguese wines will be available to purchase on the evening

Vinho Verde - Palacio da Brejoeira - Alvarinho 13% - a single grape green wine, delivers a delicately fruity aroma, full bodied with ripe fruit on the palate - £18.99 per bottle

Vinho Branco - Quinta de Sao Francisco 13% - from the Lisbon region, delivers flavour of citrus fruits, refreshing & vibrant - £13.99 per bottle

Vinho Tinto - Sao Miguel 13.5% - a red & black berry wine with spicy notes & a smooth finish - £13.99 per bottle

2 Portuguese beers will be available to purchase on the evening for £2.50 each Super Bock or Sagres (bottle 33cl)

Please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies upon booking your place

If you'd like to join us get in touch soon as places are limited & we only have a few left. Contact us to reserve your places. 

Port Tasting Evenings ~ NEXT DATES ~ Friday 1st December & Friday 15th December ~ 7pm start ~ Tickets £15

Port Tasting Evenings

For any of you that don't keep track of these things the big day next month is rapidly approaching (who can avoid the ads on TV!?). With this in mind we've decided to repeat our Port tastings in December. We love a standard ruby port in the UK with about 9 in 10 of us choosing this style which is great however there is so much more to port than this & that's what we're aiming to show you in these tastings. 

We stock everything from rosé, a relatively new addition to the port family, as well as several types of white port (lovely served as a chilled aperitif with tonic), tawny, LBV & vintage. In short there's a plethora of different styles but also flavours depending on the port house & year, 2011 still being the most recent standout. 

So if you think 'I don't like port...' because you once tried an elderly ruby that had been nestled in the back of a cupboard how about giving the other styles of port a chance...you never know you may discover a new favourite! Join us on the 1st or 15th of December when you can try 4 different port styles, with accompanying nibbles. Tickets are £15 (payable up-front) & we'll start at 7pm

If you'd like to join us get in touch soon as places are limited. Contact us to reserve your places. 

Wine Sampling Evening - NEXT DATE ~ Friday 3rd November ~ Tickets £7.50

Winter Wine Sampling

Well it seems the Autumn / Winter season is here. To 'celebrate' we've decided to have a winter drinks sampling for our November first Friday. On the menu will be a heavier fruity Alentejo red, a couple of full-bodied smooth Douro wines & even a Portuguese brandy / aguardente to warm you up! As usual there will be a selection of nibbles to accompany the drinks. 

If you'd like to join us get in touch soon as places are limited. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) 6.30pm until 8pm. Contact us to reserve your places. 

Quinta de Mosteiro Tasting & Meet the Owner! ~ Another chance...

The event we held earlier in the year with Eduardo was a great success so we are very pleased to say he is able to visit us again. He will talk though 3 of his fabulous Douro wines, give unique insight into running a quinta & answer any questions you may have regarding wine growing in this fabulous part of the world. To complement the wines we will be offering a selection of nibbles, cheeses & accompaniments  on the evening.

If you'd like to join us get in touch soon as places are limited. Tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front) we will start at 6.30pm. Contact us to reserve your places. NB Extra session added at 7.30pm due to demand.

Portuguese Supper Club @ the Nook ~ Saturday 9th September 7pm

We are holding a Portuguese Supper Club in the Nook cafe (formerly Hardys) on Saturday 9th September. We have designed a menu that showcases a number of Portuguese specialities including Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa (salt cod with potato, carrot, garlic & egg) & Carne de Porto de Alentejana (Pork & Clam stew) amongst others. We'll kick the evening off with a white port tonic but you can bring your own drinks or you can buy Portuguese wine or beer on the evening. Minimum contribution is £25 per head. Places are limited so if you'd like to join us contact us now.

Wine Sampling Evenings - First Friday of every month - NEXT DATE ~ Friday 4th August ~ Tickets £7.50

2nd Anniversary Celebrations!

For our next wine sampling evening we will be celebrating reaching our 2nd anniversary! As always we'll have a selection of delicious Portuguese wines to taste but we'll also be offering the unique Portuguese port tonic & a glass of sparkling to kick off the evening. We'll start at 6pm tickets are £7.50 (payable up-front). Get in touch or come into the shop to reserve your places & come & celebrate with us!

Quinta de Mosteiro Tasting & Meet the Owner! 

The event earlier this year was a great success so we are reoin us on Friday 20th October for our next wine sampling when we'll be giving you the chance to meet the owner & taste a selection of wonderful Douro wines from Quinta de Mosteiro. This is a change to our usual format as Eduardo, the owner of Mosteiro, will talk you through a selection of 3 of his own fabulous wines. This is a unique opportunity to directly ask the owner questions about his wine, how he uses the distinctive grapes of the Douro, the growing environment or any other wine related question. As usual there will also be a selection of nibbles available on the night to accompany the wines.

For just £7.50 (payable up-front) you can join us & Eduardo. We will start the tasting at 6.30pm prompt. As we have to limit numbers contact us as soon as possible to reserve your places. You can do this by emailing us, using the contact us page or calling into the shop.

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BEER & CHEESE EVENING Part II ~ Coming Soon...

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We had a great evening of beer & cheese last Friday. We were very lucky to have Les & Julie, the founders of Maghull based Neptune brewery, join us & talk through a range of their fab beers & answer any beer based questions. On the cheese side we provided the perfect Portuguese cheese to accompany each beer & Susana provided the cheesey facts. We tried everything from Blonde Ale to Sorachi Ale to Oatmeal Stout amongst others. Each one was utterly unique & each was brought to life by the enthusiasm & knowledge of Les & Julie.

Given the success of this evening (& the range of +20 beers Neptune has in their range!) we'll run another beer based event in the Summer. If you'd like to join us feel free to get in touch now to book your place.