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Tag Archives: Portugal

2002 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo

2002 Quinta do Mouro Alentejo – Portugal, Alentejo, Estremoz, Alentejo (4/20/2006) Deep dark purple with hints of red. Just opened and very closed with chokecherry notes, basalmic, pepper, earth and smoke. Tannins are big and firm yet very fine. Medium acidity helps frame the flavors of blackpepper, anise, chokecherry, black […]

Port and Madeira Wine Region Tours

Roy Hersh of Fortheloveofport.com is offering tours this coming fall in the Douro valley where you can bare your little toes, climb into a wooden vat and stomp away on the grapes that will eventually make wine. Stay tuned for a podcast with Roy, when we’ll find out the details for, […]

Grape Profile – Touriga Nacional

Common Names: Touriga Nacional, Mortágua – A small berry varietal capable of producing dark tannic wines, rising to become the star player in the historic Port wines of Northern Portugal. Port wine is typically described as having an inky, dense and dark color with a powerful bouquet of dried fruits […]

100+ Varietals and Counting!

By now, everyone knows that I’m a sucker for an unknown varietal. Give me a wine with a grape whose name I’ve never heard of and I’m a happy man. Be it a Schiopettino from Italy or a Nergamoll from the Canaries, until I’ve tried it, I won’t be satisfied! […]

Bodega Profile – José Sousa

On my recent trip to the Alentejo, as I was driving through the small town of Reguengos on my way to José Sousa’s, it occurred to me that the city wasn’t surrounded by an enormous stone wall, or even a castle for that matter – a major abnormality in Portugal. […]

Grape Profile – Alicante Bouschet

Common Names: Alicante Bouschet (Portugal) Garnacha Tintorera (Spain) – Dark juiced hybrid grape that can produce deep dark wines, with spice, rich fruit and a gentle earthiness. Trivia fact number one: Most red grapes have white juice! This is best illustrated by the fact that most wines from Champagne are […]

Vinho Verde from Afros

I like to point out that we are not the only lone soldiers who are writing about Spanish and Portuguese wines. Andy over at Spittoon recently posted a couple of notes on some Vinho Verde samples he received. I think it’s worth checking out! Read about Spittoon’s tastings of Vinho […]

Bodega Profile – Herdade de Esporão – Alentejo

Writing for this site has been an incredible learning experience. My job is to travel around the peninsula discovering wine unknown to you, and then go about convincing you that these Bodegas are worth learning about for yourself. This past week, while I was in the Alentejo, I continually felt as if I was discovering Bodegas new to the international wine market and of great importance to you.