Portuguese Wine

Portuguese wine is the result of traditions introduced to the region by ancient civilizations, such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, and mostly the Romans. Portugal started to export its wines to Rome during the Roman Empire. Modern exports developed with trade to England after the Methuen Treaty in 1703. From this commerce a wide variety of wines started to be grown in Portugal. And, in 1758, one of the first wine-producing region of the world, the Região Demarcada do Douro was created under the orientation of Marquis of Pombal, in the Douro Valley.
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    • Traditions of a Portuguese New Year: It all comes down to your underwear

      My first New Years in Portugal was spent in Lisbon, gazing out across the city to the Tejo river, where the yearly fireworks would flare up and burst in a spectacular display of color. Underneath the technicolor display, a cacophony of banging pots and pans alongside honking car horns rang in o Ano Novo. It was a gorgeous night filled with tradition, community and superstition.

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    • #douro14: Portugal is a Small Package with Big Surprises

      As I was nearing 16, I told my parents I didn’t want a big birthday party. I opted instead for a trip to Portugal—the best sweet sixteen gift I could ever receive. In college, I went so far as to turn down a trip to Cancun for a chance to explore historic Portuguese villages. There was no way around it, I was always dreaming of Portugal … Why the obsession with Portugal?, I ...

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    • Eat Like A Local: the Best Portuguese and Spanish Restaurants in the USA

      Portugal is synonymous with meandering alleys adorned with dancing laundry. The faded florals of sun-bleached sheets, starched by heat of the sun, among a waterfall of socks flowing across the lines. When we’re not picking our way carefully across the uneven stones worn smooth and often slick from the rain, we look up to get our bearings, to find the sunlight filtering down.

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  • Friday Feature Photo: Centuries-Old Quinta do Noval

    … Photographer: Gabriella Opaz Capture Date: February 15, 2011 Location: Porto, Portugal About: There are old bottles, and there are bottles that stay etched in your memory forever. Century old bottles of Quinta do Noval collect layers of dust, waiting for that one singular moment when they can sing their story. Desktop Wallpaper: To download…

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  • Interview with Nelson Carvalheiro: Award Winning Portuguese Travel Writer

    … Editor’s Note: Today we’re heading off the beaten path to introduce Nelson Carvalheiro, an award winning Portuguese travel and photo blogger who’s been garnering heaps of attention for his dynamic and passionate tales. We, however, are more interested in what causes saudades (homesickness) when he’s thousands of miles from home. What instigated…

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  • Protect Yourself from Arctic Temperatures with Fortified Wine

    … My first experience with fortified wines consisted of a Ruby Port while looking at the Vilanova de Gaia coastline in Porto. It was sublime! Actually, the experience was so memorable that upon my return to Madrid, I built an insatiable desire to explore fortified wines. It’s a world I new very little about, a world previously limited to Sherry…

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  • 10 Portuguese Wine Experiences from 2014: An unforgettable year!

    … that this leans heavily towards Port wines, but it was not all that I tasted, far from it! What’s key in this article is to highlight the Portuguese wines that I was fortunate enough to taste, while addressing a bit about their counterpoints which may at times be easier to find in your neck of the woods. Of course, your thoughts are always welcome. So…

    Ryan Opaz/ Catavinoin Sauvignon Blanc- 5 readers -
  • Catavino’s United Nations of Christmas!

    … case, this is the time of the year to physically see family, and teach our son that humans actually exist beyond the virtual world of Skype. As our combined families include members from India, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Australia, Norway, Belize, and the Philippines – or have people living in Hong Kong, Portugal, and the farthest reaches of the USA…

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  • Blandy’s Madeira Bual 5 year

    … Madeira, the Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic, gets the prize for creating the most ironic wine style. Most wine is destroyed when exposed to oxygen or heat. Madeira is made by exposing wine to oxygen and heat. Bual grapes are harvested before they develop much sugar and while they still have plenty of acidity. After crushing…

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  • Portugal Offers ‘Best Value’ in UK Supermarkets

    … Trademark Finest Reserve Port available in Sainsbury’s to be worth £13.50. In fact, it is currently available for only £6.50, and therefore, has an enormous 108% ‘added value’ for the lucky consumer. Although Port and Madeira wines made up most of the wines that offered the best deals, in part because of the great deals available in these under…

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  • Coravin – The only gift for wine geeks this holiday season

    … I’m not a fan of wine gadgets, I never felt I needed them. Despite this, we had invited Greg Lambrecht from Coravin, the high tech company which was regarded as the hottest thing on the market, to speak at sponsor our event, the DWCC, because of his potential to disrupt the wine industry. Yet, I felt that however good it might be, it wasn’t…

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  • Quinta de la Rosa

    … Quinta de la Rosa There are a lot of great Portuguese wines, but one of my favorites is Passagem from Quinta de la Rosa. This superb wine is from de la Rosa’s Bandeiras vineyard on the Douro river in an exclusive neighborhood. Just opposite the Passagem vineyard is the one of the most famous cult wineries in all of Portugal, Quinta do Vale…

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  • Recipe: Bolo Rainha

    … a few teeth in process. Our suggestion, be gone with dense, aged, impossible to eat fruit cakes, and welcome the New Year with a delectable Portuguese Bolo Rainha (Queen Cake). It’s light, airy and simple to make. If, however, tradition is beating at your door, check out her brother, the King Cake – the same sumptuous dessert but with a dash…

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  • Four Vinho Verdes Not To Miss!

    … for the proverbial buck, so please advise if you find a great bargain on these in your neighborhood! à votre santé! Like this: Like Loading... Related Tags: Portuguese, Vinho Verde, White wine review, Wine Review …

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  • The Shackles of Fame or The Truth About Port

    …. Its brand is so strong that it shines well into the minds of even casual drinkers. Being the baseline comes with a price. First, consumers expect consistency and quality, particularly since most will interact not with the vintage dated ports and colheitas, but with non vintage rubies and tawnies. Second, expectations align with house style more…

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  • Traveling Winers Weekend Wine Picks – 17 Nov 2014

    … layers. RATED – “A”. Brian The “Timeless” Winer A classic Bordeaux blend. Hints of clove, black currants and sandalwood (of all things). Not harsh and velvet smooth on the tongue. Elizabeth The “Hippy” Winer From the Mosel valley in Germany comes this wonderful wine. With the holidays coming, one might think of antipasto, cheese trays while…

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