The time has finally come to say “adeiu” to August, to long bright summer days, and to our month long dedication to Portuguese wines. As we look back over the month with excitement as to what we learned, I think it’s important to ask ourselves, “Was it worth dedicating an […]
Do you ever have those nights when you just want something simple? When anything other than opening a package of meat and putting it directly on the grill sounds too complicated and annoying. A few nights ago, we had this exact experience, debating whether ordering Chinese food wasn’t a bad […]
As many of you know, we have been referring back to a Portuguese wine organization called, Vini Portugal, throughout this entire month of August without disclosing too much. Part of the reason we haven’t previously gone into further detail as what Viniportugal does as an organization and why they’ve made […]
It was chilly last night, really chilly. As the sun set upon Terrassa, and the yellow hues faded to a reddish glow that cascaded upon our livingroom floor as if someone spilled a bucket of crimson paint, Ryan and I looked at each other internally agreeing with a roll of […]
As many of you already know, we absolutely adore Lisbon. Whether we’re walking down the long and wide palm tree covered Avenida da Liberdade, ogling the moss covered fountains that trickle below tall rubenesque statues, or devouring a fresh and delicious seafood lunch, we seem to leave the city already […]
A few days ago, we shared a fabulous wine and gourmet food shop for you to visit in Lisbon; however, what I failed to include in our article were the wines we tasted during our visit. Drat! I could fluff it up and tell you that the exclusion was intentional, […]
What makes a great winemaker? Is it knowledge? Is it strategy? Or…is it commitment to your ideals? I had then to decide a strategy for this new business and the strategy was very clear: JUST DO THE BEST, be a niche player, small vineyard, but the BEST fruit, small production, […]
When we originally had planned on visiting a wine store in Lisbon, it was our intention to go to Garreifara Nacional, a suggestion offered on Roy Hersch’s Forum, For the Love of Port, but events didn’t turn out as we had planned. With our trip completely booked with tastings, tours […]
While in Portugal, I had the chance to taste Quinta de Darei’s wines at Sala Ogival with Jose Cunha, the nephew of the winery owner. Bought in 1997 after 2 decades of abandonment, the current owners are intent in reviving old traditions and to become, what they hope, is a prestigious Dão wine producer. After restoring and utilizing old stone lagars, the current wines abide by century old traditions of being foot trodden and contain native Dão grape varietals such as: Alforcheiro, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Jaen for reds, and Encruzado, Bical and Arinto in the white wine production. Small productions and a desire to make award winning wines has led to the creation of two wines with another expected to be launched this year.
Set among the Montejunto Mountains, between the villages of Vilar and Martin Joanes, the landscape is absolutely stunning. Rolling hills covered in pear and apple trees among miles of vineyards, the Portuguese winery Quinta do Gradil couldn’t have been situated in a more ideal location.