Portuguese Wine

    Linha 22: Enjoy Portuguese Wine, Cheese and Fado while touring Porto

    … to see Porto, especially when serenaded with live Fado music – an incredibly risky venture if the singer isn’t damn good, but I’m happy to report that she was. The tour runs approximately two and half hours and costs 25 euros, allowing ample time to savour a white Douro wine and a Ruby Port paired with a Portuguese cheese, which were all fantastic…

    18 readers - By Catavino

    Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

    … certainly worth exploring. Founded by Adriano Ramos Pinto in 1880, Casa Ramos Pinto rapidly became noted, at the time, for its innovative and enterprising strategy. Associated with quality bottled wines, it began operating on the Brazilian market in the early 20th century and quickly became responsible for half of the wine exported to South America…

    1 readers - By Spittoon

    Extreme Wine Event! Croft Downhill Longboard Race in Gaia

    … How fast are you willing to go for a glass of Port wine? 40km an hour for 20 year Tawny? 50km an hour for a 2011 Vintage? What about 100km an hour down the incredibly steep and windy streets of Vila Nova de Gaia on a longboard?!! Sure you’ve got a state of the art helmet, complete with a leather suit and slide gloves to aid in your “damn I’m sexy…

    13 readers - By Catavino

    O Paparico: Top Portuguese Restaurant in Porto

    … soft, buttery texture which paired beautifully with the Wijion, Blanc de Noir, Espumante from Bairrada which we chose to start the meal. Yes, Portugal does produce insanely good sparkling wines! “Our mission is to try to push the Portuguese cuisine as far as we can, while retaining the authenticity and respect for our traditional gastronomy…

    12 readers - By Catavino

    Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

    … correctly each of the single varietal wines shows a closed door. The labels on the blends an open door. Or maybe it’s the other way round. I’ve found a video on youtube (below) that shows the vineyards, restaurant, hotel, small wine museum and so on if you fancy visiting (it shows the old style wine labels and is in Portuguese with English…

    15 readers - By Spittoon

    IVDP Library

    … IVDP Library The regulator and testing centre for all still and fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley is housed in a suitably majestic building in the heart of Oporto. The granite fronted building of the IVDP (Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto aka Douro & Port Wine Institute), that use to house a bank, proudly displays one…

    1 readers - By Spittoon

    Oh No Not Another Vineyard Shot

    … Oh No Not Another Vineyard Shot The same morning in Quinta do Portal as last weeks Sunday Wine Shot – Vineyard Gazebo. Further up the hill now, looking into the rising sun. By now the sun was up over the top of the hills, I’d missed the more dramatic earlier colours but thought there was some potential remaining… and this is the result…

    1 readers - By Spittoon

    My dinner with Oscar

    …Wouldn't you like to have dinner with a wonderful Portuguese?  Last night some new friends and I dined with Oscar - which is a wine (technically two - a white and a red) but also a member of the Quevedo wine family. I met Oscar Quevedo Jr. in 2009 at the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Lisbon, and he still writes his family's winery blog. He…

    3 readers - By Wine Lover's Journal

    Vineyard Gazebo

    … room door. If I hadn’t found an unlockable exit I might very well have climbed out of the bedroom window or opened an emergency exit. No doubt the latter would have set off the hotels fire alarm… now THAT would have been a story… This photo is of the vineyards at Quinta do Portal in the Douro region of Portugal. As many wine estates do I…

    1 readers - By Spittoon

    Get your mouth ready for Covela Escolha Branco

    … of this attitude, I love when I find a game-changing white.  At a recent David Bowler portfolio tasting in New York City, I had an eye-opening, palate-wowing, nose-pleasing wine that got me excited. It was a tip from my Portuguese Facebook friend, Vitor Mendes, that led me to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. I zipped out of my day job…

    2 readers - By Wine Lover's Journal
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