Adegga: André Ribeirinho

dimanche, 31 janvier, 2010

André Ribeirinho is felling like a Rock Star as he appears in DN , the National portuguese paper !

Adegga is the project that André started. 3 years ago I quit my day job at SAPO and decided to work full-time on this project.

Adegga (Twitter) is an online wine community where anyone can track the wines that are drinking (to help remember later) and share that experience with other people.

  • Adegga now has over 100.000 unique visitors every month and includes over 10.000 tasting notes from its members. Together consumers are changing the wine world by creating a new wine recommendation era where trust and conversation are more important than status.
  • Adegga is now a platform with a soon be released API and Mobile application for the IPhone & Android.
  • Wine producers can use Adegga to talk about their wines, present their winery or launch a new wine. Cortes de Cima and Quevedo are two of wine producers already doing it.

AVIN, an ISBN for Wine

  • The AVIN (Twitter) is a unique identifier for each wine. Think of it as an ISBN for Wine.
  • Like with books, every wine should have a unique number. This will help consumers get more information out of each bottle of wine and help them make smarter decisions.
  • 2 years ago we created the concept of Dynamic Wine Labels allowing anyone with a camera-enabled mobile phone to read the label and access wine reviews, wine prices and a lot more information from anywhere.
  • Cortes de Cima, Quevedo, O’Vineyards were the first to use the AVIN.
  • Now, over 1 million wine labels have been printed with a Dynamic Wine Label including an AVIN and a QRCode
  • Wineries interested in getting an AVIN for their wines should contact us.

What else ?.. read the whole article on Facebook: Facebook | Andre Ribeirinho : Feeling like a rock star!

Or on Adrés own blog:

Pirata « Espécial » is on Adegga: Pirata | Adegga

and so is..

S’AlqueriaS Alqueria 2006 | Adegga


Wine Future: Rioja 1

vendredi, 13 novembre, 2009

Thanks to Catavino  ( Ryan Opaz & Gabriella Opaz ) with their  live blog at,

Here are some of the points I like to outline !

David Cunningham from Constellation Europe: « warned against the tendency to obsess over price; the industry should attempt a dialogue with the consumer more about quality than price, which is not easy in times of recession. The wine industry is the well-known drop in per capita wine consumption in the traditional wine-consuming countries. In Spain consumption is down but 72% of consumption is now in the DO’s. This is a challenge but also an opportunity at middle price points. »

Xavier Pagès, Director General Codorniu: « As a group (young or new consumers) they see wine as more sophisticated and have a very skeptical attitude toward the traditional media and have more faith in bloggers. (We at wondered if he was aware that as he was saying this, we bloggers were sending his message.) ahahaahhaaaaa !!!!

Richard Halstead CEO of Wine Intelligence ( U.K):  » restaurants are quite simply not doing their job; they are failing to engage wine drinkers as a group and these are the types you want in your restaurants because of their relative buying power. The huge problem is steep prices. There is a trend to eating “well” at home instead of going out. And high wine costs at restaurants clearly influence this trend. »

Tim Hanni M.W.: « Wine experts and sellers should…accept that people react differently to wines and that these different reactions are not a fault of education or culture but are often physiological, a simple matter of the number of buds on the tongue for example. People who hate the smell of sauvignon blanc often have grass allergies. Shoes don’t fit all people, wines don’t either. There are no masters of shoes telling us than a shoe should feel good.

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Enjoy…    IVO


Lisboa EWBC 2009…

samedi, 31 octobre, 2009

Estupendo… genial… completamente perdido…. Necessito pararme i pensar  … dificil !

Great…. superbe….. completely lost.. Just need to  think more… tough !

A long day …   Friday I drived from Bordeaux to Burgos…. arrived and stopped at the first Hotel I saw… good luck: cheap, nice room and nice food & wine: Abadia de San Quirce Ribera del dueroa 2005. Woke up at 7.00 and drove to Lisboa !

Beautiful drive through Spain and some areas I never crossed : Salamanca, ..saw a few pigs eating and running in « La Dehesa »…. I was already thinking of them in my plate !!…north east Portugal…. Lisboa !


Arrival in Lisboa found quite easily the VIP Gran Lisboa… superbe & modern Hotel: VIP Gran lisboa ..feel like a star… Hermés soap, Hermés body care….. great bathroom…. I wanna stay there more !!!


Registration for the EWBC …. met my friend Oscar Quevedo… Met other people: Anthony Swift: WINE PLEASURES WORKSHOP…. Miss Vicky « herself »: Miss Vicky Wine (Photo below…) I am looking for the most important « blogger sommelier in the world »: Emmanuel Delmas, Paris..but I Can’t see him.. What a shame !!


Great tasting with fortified and sweets wine:  Barquero Amontillado (dry) – Lustau Amontillado Escuadrilla – Apostoles Palo cortado – Quevedo Colheita 1994 – Barcalhoa Moscatel Roxo 1999 ( very unique !!) – Justinho’s Madeira Colheita 1995 – Sandeman Vintage 2007  ( just bottled) – Garvey’s Gran orden  PX  (pedro ximenez) !! In 2010 there is a wine show for sweet and fortified wines in Jerez de la Frontera: VINOBLE 2010.


Write it  in your agenda… Great opportunity to taste Sauternes, Jerez, Auslese, Eiswein, Icewine,Port, etc….


Responsible for Vinoble 2010 – Esteban – Ryan Opaz during the tasting of the sweet wines.

Then we had a tasting with the Douro Boys: Cristiano Van Zeller  Quinta D V. Maria – Luis Seabra from Nieeport – Francisco Fereira from Quinta Vallado – Francisco Olazabal…an old friend I toured the U.K. with 22 years ago !!

IMG_0368Vito Olazabal during the presentation of his Quinta in the Douro.


IMG_0374Studious moment….different people and Evelyne Resnick on the theme: « Blogging and the social wine brand ».

Oscar Quevedo, my friend who produce delicious Port, and « Douro still » (red )! (foto Melanie Tarlant)

14832_1187125233307_1083592023_30525024_5376010_n A nice photo of the restaurant ELEVEN « entrance hall »  after a long day…


Great diner , good food and great ambiance, with a superb view over Lisboa……

I had the chance to taste many vintage port ( from the new release… )

Fabulous time in Lisboa meeting people from around the world: USA: The Wine Hub ,Wine Lover’s Journal, UK: Brett  The Wine Maestro ; Niamh ( passionate about food ) : eat like a girl , France (Vicky see above), Philippe Hugon (Vinternet ) , Italy, Spain etc… &  from differents businesses linked with wine.

Thanks to Adegga , Ryan and Gabriella Opaz: Catavino, and every one who was there !

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