We cannot overestimate the role that Aragonês (Tempranillo) has played in the development of Spain’s burgeoning wine industry. Its approachable tannins, silky texture, and strawberry fruit profile have won over oenophiles from London to San Francisco. It was largely responsible for putting Spain on the international red wine map in the 20th century. It is universally adored […]
Sauternes and the Douro Valley have more in common than first appear. Despite the differences in terroir and climate, these two iconic regions are committed to broadening their appeal. Indeed, both Sauternes and the Douro Valley have diversified their offerings of late, producing a greater volume of dry styles. The catalyst for this paradigm shift […]
Although the name is undeniably colorful, Bastardo is not a red grape to be dismissed as ‘light-weight’ or trivial. On the contrary, it has been grown in western Europe for centuries, producing deeply colored wines that offer both finesse and rich concentration. After finding its way to Portugal via Spain, Bastardo became an integral part […]
Periquita, or Castelão as it’s also known, is one of Portugal’s most obscure red grape varieties. It is part of a stubborn set of traditions, prioritizing local grapes over imports. This was once considered a disadvantage, yet wine lovers from all corners of the globe are increasingly drawn to Portugal’s authenticity, desperate to experience new […]
The Iberian Peninsula offers a treasure trove of indigenous grape varieties and unique wine styles. Among the most exciting is Baga, the signature red grape of the Bairrada region in north-central Portugal. Think of it as the country’s answer to Nebbiolo – running the gamut from divine nectar to tannic dross. In its youth, poor […]
The term ‘cross’ can occasionally invoke negative connotations in the wine trade. It implies something artificial, unnatural, and perhaps even unauthentic. Nothing could be further from the truth; vine crossings have occurred throughout history and are responsible for such noble grape varieties as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Alicante Bouschet, however, owes its origins to […]
Best Things to See & Do in Porto Porto is one of Europe’s most vibrant and fascinating cities. While very much “on the radar” for food and wine lovers and culture vultures, Porto is thankfully not saturated with mass tourism, and it remains an absolute gem and a pleasure to visit. The problem? So much […]
Safe Private Travel in Portugal, post-Corona Virus Breaking News August 2020 The Portuguese tourism authority has, as of August 2020, launched an innovative initiative for visitors from abroad visiting the country. “Turismo de Portugal”, via RNA Seguros de Assistência, are offering a specific type of Covid-19 travel insurance for the current pandemic reality. This […]
Lisbon, what better way to see this impressive skyline than from a rooftop bar! Lisbon is literally “booming”, more alive than ever, nearly all of the tumbling down properties have been snapped up and restored into hotels, hostels, bars, and restaurants and with these some very attractive rooftop venues have emerged. There is somewhere for […]
Sparkling Wines of Portugal There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Cava, Spain’s famous bubbly, predominately produced in the Penedes region south of Barcelona. But what about fizz produced in Spain’s neighbor Portugal – hand-made, artisan sparkling wines of superlative quality that match exceptionally well with Portugal’s varied cuisine? You would hear a pin […]
Why visit the Douro Valley? There can be few more awe-inspiring sights than a visitor’s first glimpse of the steep, terraced vineyards of the Douro. Ancient vines cover the hills, which roll down to the magnificent Douro River creating a timeless scene of small villages and whitewashed houses perched high above the valley. It is […]
Port wine traditionally comes from the Douro Valley in beautiful Northern Portugal. The wineries are called Quintas” and they line the terraced hills rising up from the Douro river, east of Oporto nearly reaching the border of Spain. The name “Port Wine” is protected by the Appellation system (Denomination of Origin), just as “Champagne” can […]
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