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Quinta de São Francisco in growing international recognitionIf doubts still existed regarding the quality of Portuguese wines, the growing international recognition would be more than enough proof that the national wine production is in excellent health.

To this day, Quinta de São Francisco has accumulated more than 60 medals, 20 of them gold. But this year it went even further: the 2014 harvest won a double gold medal thanks to its 98/100 points achievement at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest and most prestigious wine competition in the United States, the first DOC Óbidos wine to obtain 98 points in this international competition.

Quinta de S. Francisco wine has always been the best-selling DOC Óbidos in Portugal as well as in export markets.

The September FlavoursThe Mar d'Estórias Bistro features an updated menu with new dishes featuring seasonal ingredients. The new menu is now available and has new suggestions for starters, main courses and desserts, always with unlikely combinations and presentations.
'For this new menu, the inspiration is fresh seasonal products, which favours new interpretations of Portuguese recipes and especially those from the Algarve, 'says Megan Melling, Chef of Mar d'Estórias.

A Sea of Salads with HistoryAt this time of year we look for lighter, fresher and healthier meals so Mar d’Estórias has prepared a menu with the best suggestions of cold salads.

With a unique flavour and quality products, the Mackerel Salad is the dish of choice. Mackerel, a mix of green leaves, cucumber and onion, wrapped in a delicious yogurt sauce with roasted garlic, has delighted the lovers of the fusion of sweet and savoury flavours, without giving up a nutrient-rich dish. 

The love of Liquid GoldIt is worthwhile focusing on the theme that involves so-called liquid gold. For centuries olive oil was an important exchange currency for several societies and today it is an indispensable ingredient in Mediterranean gastronomy. In fact, the pleasure begins sooner than that… in a great appetizer of olives * very well presented in an olive bowl * with garlic and oregano *; or, for avid connoisseurs, slices of homemade bread with olive paste *. Whichever way you want to enjoy the olive, olive oil is undoubtedly the best meal complement, because it can accompany all dishes.

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy wine, which is almost the same thing!We are wine lovers, we admit it! The Mar d'Estórias team, along with most British and Portuguese, like a good meal, where you can not miss a bottle of wine, it doesn’t matter what kind: white, rosé or red; To drink a glass at the end of the day on our terrace in good company, with or without tapas; Or to sip a glass of red while reading a book & listening to the rain falling. Truth be told, no excuse is needed to open a bottle of wine and we believe that you do not need to be knowledgeable to appreciate it.

The Egg Report - the inside storyThis month, Viva! launches online a Special Report on laying hen farms.

'Laying Hens: The Inside Story' is an in-depth, illustrated Special Report featuring findings from our 12 month investigation into the egg industry. Read it and find out what the industry would prefer you didn’t know!

Custard tartsSince the Portuguese Discoveries our people have been eager for adventure and to live up to our roots. To discover the world, to work hard and be successful abroad, but always with our eyes and heart in the Portugal we left behind, and the roots that are deep in our soul. This tradition remains and loneliness is kept at bay with the impressions, flavours and smell of Portugal that are expressed by Portuguese from all over the world.

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