Portugal (UK /ˈpɔːtʃʊɡl/; US /ˈpɔrtʃʉɡəl/; Portuguese: Portugal [puɾtuˈɣaɫ]), officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa), is a unitary semi-presidential republic. It is located in South-Western Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. Aside from continental Portugal, the Portuguese Republic holds sovereignty over the Atlantic archipelagos of Azores and Madeira, which are autonomous regions of Portugal. The country is named after its second largest city, Porto, whose name derives from Latin Portus and Celtic Cale.
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    • Try This Wine Before It Disappears

      A small wine region in Northern Italy might lose 25% of it’s vineyards to a planned railway expansion. The region is called Lugana and it’s located along the southern banks of Lake Garda very close to Verona. Lugana focuses on a white grape they call Turbiana (which is a bit of a mystery, I’ll explain below) for both sparkling and still wines.

      Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly- 4 readers -
    • Bolo Rei and Bolo Rainha: Portugal’s Royal Christmas Treat

      From the beginning of November to the end of January, it’s impossible to pass a pastelaria (pastry shop) without being bombarded by the ubiquitous Bolo Rei (King Cake). This is one of, if not the most, popular Christmas dessert throughout Portugal, consisting of a sweet, brioche-like bread dough with plenty of eggs, filled with various nuts, raisins and crystallized fruit.

      Andrea Smith/ Catavino- 6 readers -
  • Thank You and Happy 8th Anniversary

    …, my tasting vocabulary challenged and a world of wine expanded. It's about more than just Washington wine. Washington wine remains my touchstone, the place where I live, my inspiration. But there is a world of wine out there. Social Media has been very, very good to me. There is no way I could remain engaged with social media and wine without…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 2 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    Barque Smokehouse Miami Ribs PHOTO: Kevin Hewitt and Jill Chen (http://www.freestylefarm.ca/) The year-end list. Why? To “free the individual from the collective.” To ponder, speculate and formulate a narrative. To create the sociological, world of wine equivalent of splitting the atom. To celebrate the triumph of laic heterodoxy and the arrogance of modernity.

    Michael Godel/ Godello- 3 readers -
  • Portugal Offers ‘Best Value’ in UK Supermarkets

    …-appreciated categories, there was still value to be found in other regions as well, such as Lidl’s Torre de Ferro Dao at £4.99 (80% added value) and Asda’s Extra Special Dao at £5.00 (30% added value). What is interesting about this result is that while Portugal is demonstrating that it can make world class wines at the top end, it is gaining a growing reputation for value for money at other price points too. Hopefully, this will encourage consumers to explore even more Portuguese wines over the Christmas season. Robert McIntosh …

    Catavino- 3 readers -
  • Wise Men and Women Bear Gifts of Port

    … probably know, is produced in the Douro River valley in northern Portugal from a group of grape varieties grown almost exclusively in the region. It is a fortified wine, meaning that fermentation is stopped by the addition of brandy or some neutral spirit, leaving the wine sweet to a greater or lesser degree, though Port usually finishes dry. Vintage…

    Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head- 3 readers -
  • Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

    … wine aficionado. Here are a few that are readily available in the USA and won’t break the bank: 2001 Niepoort Colheita Port, Portugal – Niepoort has a large range of Colheita’s and don’t get hung up on year. While year to year you will find variation, they only vary in style not deliciousness. 1994 Pocas Junior Colheita Port - A producer…

    Ryan Opaz/ Catavino- 7 readers -
  • Quinta de la Rosa

    …. Quinta de la Rosa Estate Red 2011 DuRosa White. $16. This is a nice, light white wine from a high-altitude vineyard in the Douro. Quinta de la Rosa also has a line of Ports wines, some in a handy small (500ml) bottles. I have only had a sip of these wines. Hopefully I can get a few bottles, try them out with my tasting group, and give you…

    Frederick Thurber/ The Wine Observer- 2 readers -
  • My annual Holiday Cookbook/Winebook Gift article -- part one

    …". The 100 preps have been co-authored by Italian-Brazilian food writer-chef Luciana Bianchi. It is a wide-ranging tome that moves from street food to seafood, sweet treats to cocktails, and more. The major roots are from indigenous people, Portugal, and Africa, with notes from immigrants of Germany, Italy, Syria, Lebanon and Japan, and the food itself…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 2 readers -
  • Holiday Wines – The Bargain White

    … FROM PORTUGAL THE BARGAIN WHITE JM da Fonseca’a Periquita has been an LCBO staple for half a century (honest), and it was recently joined by the winery’s newly created white edition. While the red is naturally traditional in style, the white is bright, lively and modern. Shades of Sauvignon zest, and Pinot Grigio gulpability – the perfect…

    Billy's Best Bottles- 3 readers -
  • East Coast Wineries

    … region. In second place was Portugal with 8 wines and third place went to Spain with 7 wines. About 60% of my picks came from just these three countries. Uruguay made a strong showing with 5 wines, and the Hudson Valley of New York had 3 wines on the lists. Chile, with two wines on the list, was the only other country with multiple listings. The rest…

    Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries- 3 readers -
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  • Friday Feature Photo: Christmas in Cabo do Roca

    … Photographer: Ana Arpa Capture Date: December 10, 2006 Location: Cabo do Roca, Portugal About: This photo was taken over the holidays near Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca), the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. It also happens to serve up some of the most delicious grilled fish in Portugal! Not a bad way to feast over…

    Gabriella Opaz/ Catavino- 2 readers -
  • 2014: Favorite Wine-Related Items

    …: The Mohegan Sun WineFest is a large, consumer wine event, which also showcases beer and spirits. In addition, there is plenty of food available at the event, to cleanse your palate and fill your belly. Its location, within a major casino, is also a plus, giving you plenty to do after the tasting is over. Several wines from this event have ended up on my…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 3 readers -

    … it! Get your ass in gear, we're late Don't forget Tom's leg 640) Duas Quintas Ramos Pinto 2012 (Portugal) Climb my hills with care Drink up the sun like water No mine, yours, but ours 639) Banfi Col Di Sasso 2012 (Italy) Well, well, look who's here It's what's his name with that girl They'll need you know what 638) Nipozzano Cecchie Viti…

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