CHRISTMAS IN PORTUGAL
The Holiday season is celebrated as a time for family, of giving and sharing.Christmas in Portugal takes place on the evening of the 24th of December although, as a lot of it happens around midnight, it crosses over into the 25th.
You’ll find nativity scenes all over Portugal around Christmas, often by the side of the road near roundabouts. Live nativity scenes, where people dress up as characters from the Christmas story, are also incredibly popular and a feature of many towns in Portugal.
The traditional Christmas meal in Portugal, called 'Consoada', is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve.
Welcome your guests with some light appetizers and a glass of:
Maria Bonita Loureiro Vinho Verde DOC 2017
Pegos Claros Rose DOC Palmela 2017
The meal consists of codfish with vegetables and boiled potatoes. Roasted turkey, octopus or lamb can also be served.
With its intense flavours, boiled cod fish pairs perfectly with a structured white wine or an elegant red:
Octopus goes very well with:
With its complex meaty flavours, roasted turkey and lamb are a natural match with tannic and powerful red wines:
Insurgente DOC Dão 2016
Tyto alba Touriga Nacional DOC do Tejo 2015
At the end of the meal, you will find at the Chirstmas' table "Bolo Rei", “filhós“, “Sonhos“, “Rabanadas”, “Aletria” and “Arroz Doce”, that washes it down nicely with Porto wine:
Companhia das Lezírias Colheita Tardia
And to enjoy after dinner, perhaps with a coffee, a glass of our Aged Brandy:
Azul Portugal Aged Brandy
Most families go to midnight mass (Missa do Galo), although some churches have masses that take place a little earlier.
Celebrate Christmas with family, good food and great wine!
Merry Christmas | Feliz Natal