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Friday Featured Photo: Port Ganache and Chocolate

Photographer: Eddie Correia Capture Date: February 14, 2008 Location: Algarve, Portugal About: Dark chocolate and port is pairing of temptation. Each brings a unique profile of rich, sultry notes that pull you under a spell of warm mysterious deliciousness. These are flavours requiring time and patience. Time to warm and melt across the palate. Patience to breathe in and feel their textures and flavors expand and rise into the senses. They provide gateway to precious moments of sensory pleasure. Here the weather is warm, time passes slowly to allow moments and flavours to be enjoyed deeply and passionately, and when in good company, more so. Here enticement is woven into the fabric of our flavours, there is no plan to change, but […]

Churchills Port House Pops Up in London

When should you drink Port? The answer is, always! As an aperitif, with food, with company, with dessert, with ease. That’s why it is so exciting to see London’s first Port House open, albeit as a temporary pop-up, with Churchill’s Port House. Over the years, decades even, Port has been relegated to an after-dinner drink, too often associated with leather-armchairs-and-roaring-fireplace moments rather than everyday occasions. Whilst there would probably be nothing better than enjoying a delicious glass of aged Tawny by the fire this winter, we don’t get many of these moments in our modern lives. Port wines are more varied than most consumers realise, and they are perfect partners for many more modern occasions, so the challenge is to […]

O-Port-Unidade: A Fantastic Collaborative Project for Charity

Ever try and get a small group of friends together for a photo? A bit like herding cats, no? Now imagine getting 16 of the top Port producers together for a photo?! O-Port-Unidade is a small project started by our friend and one time contributor on Catavino, Axel Probst of WorldofPort.de. Not only was this a convenient way to get a photo of the port wine trade’s most important individuals, but it has turned into a great way of  giving back to the community. The O-Port-Unidade project will happen on September 22nd, 2013, when sixteen port producers gather at Vale Mendiz to stomp, crush and presumably dance their way around lagars filled with grapes from each wineries vineyards. VIP’s from each Port House will […]

Celebrating the 2011 Vintage: A Rare Port Wine of Exceptional Quality

At 9am on a cool Friday morning in Foz, with a stunning view of the Atlantic ocean, I joined a room full of international Port wine experts to taste 56+ 2011 Vintage Port wines.  These wines, in their youth, have an uncanny ability to strip enamel and burn tastebuds. And while you suffer the strength of these monsters, you are participating in an exercise of divination with only a cloudy, purple, crystal ball to guide you. It demands the taster make grand pronouncements as to the future of a beverage wound tight in tannins, acidity and fruit. Will it age into an elegant treasure to share with future generation? Not the easiest judgement to make, but one worth the adventure no matter the dental […]

Final Thoughts on the Douro and Portuguese Wine

From the moment I first visited Porto in the winter of 2003 I have been in love with this city. I’m not entirely sure what grabbed me, but whatever it was, it’s never let go. Sitting in my room at the Yeatman Hotel, overlooking the Douro river and the colorful hillside of Porto’s historic center, I feel incredibly fortunate to be here. The people are friendly and welcoming. The food is diverse and exciting. And the downtown is undergoing a revival, where new shops, restaurants and hotels are popping up like mushrooms after the fall rain, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Rain can be absolutely magical, especially when the river sparkles from little pitter-patters of gentle drops; but […]

Douro Wines and Portuguese Food: The Perfect Pairings

With the plentiful information we’ve provided about Port and Douro wines, and the beautiful area they originate from this November, hopefully you’re itching to put together the perfect wine trip to the Douro Valley. Lists of the wineries you’re dying to visit are being rapidly typed up. Maps are strewed across your kitchen table. And perhaps you’ve even stumbled upon the perfect location for your eno-tourism accommodation. The only element you may be missing is, what to eat on this fabulous whirlwind tour. Many are familiar with the dishes in your neck of the woods that pair well with Port and Douro wines, but probably few are knowledgeable ast to the types of traditional foods that the Portuguese (especially the Douro locals) like to […]

Part II: Interview with Roy Hersh of FTLOP – Douro & Port Wines

Editor’s Note: Following up our previous interview with Roy Hersh, creator of “The Love of Port”, we’ll tackle the American perspective towards Port wine. Go here to read Part I. The question we posited to Roy was: When you’re in the USA, what is today’s average wine consumer’s attitude towards the Douro table wines and Port wines? How has it changed in the past 10 years? Those are two very different questions. Let’s take Port and Douro wines one at a time to simplify this. Port is easier, only because Americans for the most part, really started to become familiar with Port in the mid-1990′s, with the emergence of the 1994 vintage in particular. Of course it’s a sweeping generalization, but please […]

The Art of Choosing Your Birth Year Port

Editor’s Note: Many moons ago, Ryan and I had the privilege of cracking open our first birth year wine; which translates to a wine produced on the year of your birth. Having coasted well into our 30′s, there are few wines that could last the test of time other than a wine with a touch of fortification, such as a Quinta do Noval 1975 Vintage Port. This stunning little Port was nothing other than extraordinary, and a considerably better gift than a wok. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Axel Probst. Based in Germany, Axel is a teacher, journalist and wine writer, not to mention an ex-airforce pilot and a European Champion in the 100 meter backstroke. In short, our friend is seriously […]

The Nature of the Douro

Take a look at these images of the Douro Valley. What do you see? What strikes you? The colours? The contrasts? The undulating lines and shadows? Or maybe, the ability of mankind to carve a living out of such a difficult landscape? The Douro Valley is rightly considered a wonder of Nature. The river extends for 900 kilometres throughout Iberia, as both the Douro and Duero, and carves its way from the Portuguese border to the Atlantic when it reaches Porto. On its journey, the Douro river has carved a meandering path that is simply mesmerising from every viewpoint. The contours of the hills and valleys seems to dance in elegant patterns around each other. It may not have the […]

Portuguese Wine Pack to Entertain Family without Breaking the Bank

Despite Portugal being one of the smallest countries in southern-western Europe—about the size of the state of Indiana—it is blessed with contrasting terroirs and region-specific wine varietals that result in an abundance of wine and spirits offerings. Home to the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, Portugal’s long-standing tradition in wine-making coupled with modern efforts, has contributed to a lengthy list of quality drinking choices from the North to the South of the country and practically everywhere in between. You can expect everything from “Espumantes” and fortified wines, including the famous Port wines, to brandies and aged aguardentes (fiery water, if you will), and even Portuguese-only wines like the young fizzy “Vinho Verde” and “Vinho Verde […]