The warm spring rays are now browning your ghostly winter skin; the orange light streams in through your windows well into the early evening; the air is heavy with aromas of fresh cut grass and blooming white lilies, all signaling the perfect time to finally indulge yourself with a bottle […]
After a long and luxurious weekend of visiting touristy sites around Barcelona, I was a little awe-stricken this morning when I opened my inbox to a deluge of Spanish and Portuguese wine links. Normally, we would let this wait for Friday, but with the amount of fun facts, recipes, instigating […]
I’ve been meaning to put this bodega profile together for ages, simply because the representative I met last summer in Lisbon was not only unforgettable with his dashing appearance and remarkable confidence, but because he seemed ridiculously impressed with his wines. Brilliant blond hair parted meticulously to right, perfectly ironed […]
Monte da Ravasqueira has been linked to the family for several generations. Located in the municipality of Arraiolos, about an hour’s drive from Lisbon, the estate occupies a vast area of typical Alentejan landscape. It is managed and run by Sociedade Agrícola D. Diniz, SA.
The excellent geological conditions and the climate are well suited to the production of some of the best wine that the Alentejo has to offer. A great deal has been invested in planting vines and also in modern winemaking equipment and in meteorological and plant-health facilities.
Portugal equals Port wine, right?! This statement is dead on for so many of you, but this wasn’t the case if we go back a few generations. In the 1940s, there were two brands that epitomized Portuguese wine to the global market: Mateus and Lancers. Both wines were presented in […]
Last night, having put an entire chicken on the grill to accompany our mixed green salad topped with toasted gooey goat cheese rounds, we tasted a brand new range of wines from *Sogrape Vinhos called Pena de Pato. What we found most interesting about these wines, beyond their name “quill” […]
How much do you know about Portuguese table wines? If you’re like the majority of the wine drinking population, you know very little, but Portugal has some of the most underrated, affordable table wines in the world. They range from robust plumy reds from the Alentejo to bright light whites […]
I was lucky to have arrived at Zambujeiro on a rainy day back in January. You see coming down the main road to this winery the turn off to the small village where it is located is not marked, nor paved, nor really a road. More like a vein that that cuts through the rural landscape with a demeanor more fitting a mouse than a highway. In fact I drove right past it and into a town that happened to not be located near the winery, thus prompting me to go back and see what this strip of pothole laden earth might lead me to. Thank god for rental cars as I was already late for my appointment and thus sacrificed my suspension to make it through the battlefield of potholes that led me to my meeting.
2004 Quinta do Zambujeiro Monte do Castanheiro – Portugal, Alentejo (2/22/2006)Light bright red color. The nose has spice, blackfruit, and pepper, Medium acidity with light to medium tannins. The palate is rich and fruit driven with pepper, raisin, plum and a nice minerality. Good table wine bargain.
Have you ever gotten directions from a friend like this, “Yeah! Two lefts, a right and then call me from your cell phone and I’ll tell you the way from there.”? So, being a good friend, you trusted their directions and followed every “right’, “left’ and “straight’ only to find your cell phone out of minutes and your pockets completely empty of change when you needed to call him.