Madeira wine: one of ‘Fab Four’ of world fortified wines; Portuguese film actress Leonor Silveira honoured by French Republic; Portuguese world elite surfer Tiago Pires rejoining Team Quiksilver

Portugal and Madeira news from Paul Abbiati:

Portuguese film actress honoured by French Republic

The actress Leonor Silveira a Madeiran descendent has just been awarded one of the highest cultural awards from the French Republic for her acting. Previous Portuguese citizens who received the award included: writer António Lobo Antunes, Joaquim Benite, the actress Maria de Medeiros and the fadistas Mísia e Mariza.

Cannes Festival site:

“Leonor Silveira made her film debut in 1989 playing the lead in Manoel de Oliveira’s The Cannibals. She became his muse and went on to play strong parts in eighteen of his films, most of which were presented at Cannes. The heroine of Abraham Valley in 1993, she then shared the billing with Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Marcello and Chiara Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli and Irene Papas in The Convent, Anxiety, The Letter, I’m Going Home…


“She has also worked with other Portuguese directors: João Botelho, Joaquim Pinto, Luís Galvão Teles and Vicente Jorge Silva. In 1998, she began working for the Ministry for Culture before joining the Film, Audiovisual and Multimedia Institute, becoming its Vice President in 2005.”

Link:
http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/artist/id/2163.html

Portuguese world elite surfer Tiago Pires rejoining Team Quiksilver

Surf Line.com article:

“Portuguese surfer Tiago Pires is rejoining Team Quiksilver, where he made his debut as a grommet. At the age of 30, this charismatic celebrity of world surfing and leading figure of Portuguese sport has decided to embark upon an inspiring new phase of a hugely successful career, which has seen him achieve 4 victories, qualify four times for the elite ASP World Tour and produced a string of stunning highlights, such as his epic triumph over Kelly Slater in Bali in 2008. In doing so, he’s rejoining the sponsor who backed him when he took his first steps in the professional arena, and a team that’s always been close to his heart.”

“His close relationship with ‘surf brothers’ Miky Picon, Jérémy Florès and Aritz Aranburu, all leading members of the Euroforce and Team Quiksilver, is a long-term thing. Tiago and his friends have travelled, trained and ultimately risen to the top together, playing a massive part in the development of European professional surfing.”

The first Portuguese surfer to qualify for a place among the world’s elite

The first Portuguese surfer to qualify for a place among the world’s elite, Tiago Pires brilliantly made the cut for the new selection on the ASP World Tour, now slimmed down to a field of 34 competitors. And so Saca is all set to continue his career under the colours of Quiksilver, who will be providing him with an ultra-competent dedicated staff and an optimized organization. Everything Portugal’s best ever surfer needs to stay at the top for plenty of time to come. For Miky Picon, Product and Marketing Manager of Quiksilver Europe’s technical division, “joining the team that boasts Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and Jérémy Florès will give Tiago extra motivation. His personality and style are a perfect match for the team and he’ll bring huge positive energy. Tiago is really at the top of his game and the best Portuguese surfer of all time…

Quiksilver will give him a set-up worthy of the very best

Quiksilver will give him a set-up worthy of the very best (team manager, physio, physical trainer and top-class logistics), to help him stay on top of the world.”

“TIAGO PIRES
Born March 13th 1980 in Alcantara, Lisbon (Portugal)
Lives in Ericeira (Portugal)
Height/Weight: 1.70m / 70 kg
Sponsors: Quiksilver, TMN mobile, Nixon watches, Red Bull energy drinks, Pukas surfboards, Moskova
Ranked 21st on the ASP World Tour in 2010
Shaper: Chili, Christian Bradley, Eric Arakawa
Favourite waves: Coxos, Cave and Safi
Favourite moves: tubes and carves
Inspiration: Tom Carroll and Kelly Slater”

Link:
http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/press-release/tiago-pires-at-quiksilver-going-back-to-his-roots_51743/

Madeira wine: one of ‘The Fab Four’ of world fortified wines

Link to website of IVBAM which generally “..coordinates all viticultural activities in the Autonomous Region of Madeira..”:

http://www.vinhomadeira.pt/Home-139.aspx

2 of ‘The Fab Four’of Fortified wines are Portuguese

Democrat & Chronicle.com, Holly Howell blog:

“Porto is a fortified wine. That means it is strengthened. Just as Frosted Flakes are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, Porto wine is fortified with extra alcohol. However, that’s all they have in common (except for the fact that they’re both grrreat!).

To fortify a wine, extra alcohol in the form of a neutral grape brandy at about 150 proof is added to the grape juice half way through its fermentation. The alcohol kills the yeast in the juice, halting the fermentation and leaving about 10 percent residual sugar in the wine. Fortified wines finish off somewhere between 18 and 22 percent alcohol and are considered to be in a class all their own. Meant to be enjoyed after a meal and savored in smaller quantities, these wines are sweet and concentrated.”

Vintage port wines (1870 and 1873); Porto, Portugal

The Fab Four of Fortified wines include Porto (Portugal), Sherry (Spain), Madeira (Portugal) and Marsala (Italy).

How Porto was invented

“Porto was invented out of sheer necessity. As wines from Portugal were being shipped to England in the 17th century, it became apparent that the wine was losing its flavor during the long voyage by boat. Basically, it was starting to spoil. So, the wine producers started adding brandy to the wine to give it a better shelf life. It worked. And the British loved the sweeter style of the wine. Presto, Porto. You will notice that most Porto houses are named after British shippers (Cockburn, Croft, Dow, Graham, Sandeman, Osborne, Warre and Taylor to name a few).”

Link:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20110118/LIVING0109/101180303/1032/LIVING/Holly-Howell–A-Porto-is-good-in-a-storm

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