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Tag Archives: Matosinhos

Restaurant Review: Quarenta e 4 – Matosinhos, Portugal

This past week, while in Oporto conducting a workshop on social media and wine, I had the pleasure of dining at Quarenta e 4, a new restaurant in the town of Matosinhos, near to Oporto. Hidden within a stark and empty street, this isn’t a place you stumble across without a map or really good directions, but it’s absolutely worth the adventure. Quarenta e 4 is a mix of modern and classical design, blanketed in deep red tones and highlighted by a brilliant crystal chandelier. To be honest, it’s a bit eerie, but welcoming enough that you feel cozy and warm inside. But word to the wise, make sure to opt for the center table versus the benches lining the […]

Wine O’Clock: Another Great Wine Shop in Matosinhos, Portugal

Last week, we mentioned a fun little wine shop called Vinhos & Coisas, which happens to be located not a block away from yet another fantastic wine shop called Wine O’Clock. Founded in 2006 by wine enthusiast, António Nora; wine collector, Francisco Freitas; and soccer player and wine lover, Pedro Emanuel, Wine O’Clock is a super swanky two tierred wine shop lined with dark hardwood floors, large flatscreen TVs and computer monitors for you to peruse their website at your leisure. Wine O’Clock consists of 3 stores located in Matosinhos – just north of Porto, Aveiro – just south of Porto, and Lisbon, with plans to open two more shops in 2010 in both Lisbon and the Algarve, if the […]

Vinho & Coisas: A Unique and Innovative Wine Shop near Porto, Portugal

Founded in 2004, Vinho & Coisas is a small and intimate wine shop situated along the Portuguese coast in Matosinhos, nestled just north of Porto near Parque de Cidade. Managed by Ivone Ribeiro, an individual whose passion is visceral and expressive the minute she walks in the door, with toddler in hand, Vinho & Coisas speaks of a delicate mix of both professionalism and education. “Our goal is to get people excited about wine. For example, we have free tastings where everyone brings a bottle priced between 5 to 10 euros. And regardless as to where bought the bottle, after we all taste one another’s contribution, everyone can take home a bottle from our shop valued at the same price […]