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Friday Feature Photo: Smooth Sailing in Palma de Mallorca

Photographer: Philipp Buhl Capture Date: March 18, 2014 Location: Chaves, Portugal About: The sheltered bays, dramatic coastlines of the West, and the tranquil calas and coves of the East make Mallorca a gorgeous place to spend time on a boat in the Mediterranean. During the summer months, beginners can not only take advantage of the […]

Madrid: Which Wineries You Can Visit By Train?

Madrid is not only an incredible city for gastronomy, architecture and music, it’s also a brilliant base for day trips to vineyards! Hard to imagine, right?! But what most people don’t know is that Madrid is just a few hours from stunning country! Simply by jumping on the train or city […]

Interview with Mark Squires: The Future of Portuguese Wine

When I first became interested in wine, I actively sought out places where I could talk and ask questions. Way back then, eRobertParker had recently joined with the Mark Squires wine bulletin board to create a space for wine geeks to chat online, eventually create “offlines” . Offlines were scheduled meet ups with local bulletin […]

Your Essential Guide on Riding the Train in Spain

I woke up early in the morning, when the sun was just peeking through the industrial blue curtains framing the small window at my head. It took me a moment to place myself, since it’s not often I awake to that gentle, reassuring sway that makes traveling by train such […]

Spain’s Female Winemakers are the Stars of Today’s Spanish Wines

Apart from his famous phrase “in vino veritas” / “In wine there is truth”, Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder (23 to 79 BC) wrote in his “Natural History” that a woman’s menstruation spoiled wine, turned crops unproductive and fields barren. This phrase gave way to a misconception that was upheld […]

How to Find the Best Spanish Brandy

“Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy…There are, indeed, few who are able to drink brandy. That is a power rather to be wished for than attained.” – Samuel Jackson Sipping brandy neat—no ice, no mixer—is an acquired […]

Lesser Known Wines of Catalunya Not to MISS!

That very first glass of Spanish wine – the wine that opened pandora’s box – consisted of a deep red from Rioja. Surrounded by expats, while lounging on a terrace in Madrid, the conversation turned from jovial bantering to obstinance. Don’t you know that Spain only had one decent wine region? That only […]

Setúbal’s Moveable Feast
: White wine and oysters

Ernest Hemingway writes of Paris in his A Moveable Feast, but the oysters he mentions could have been from Setúbal. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent […]

The Serious Side of Vinho Verde

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re very excited to introduce Cathy Fisher, an American currently living in Lisbon with her Portuguese husband. Cathy approached us with an infectious passion to share her love of Portuguese wine; and who are we to say no?! Welcome Cathy and thank you for getting us in the mood for old […]