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Wine Blog Wednesday #38 Update with Some Extra Tidbits

Wine Blog Wednesday

Today is officially fall in Spain. Well, maybe not “officially”, but at least it feels that way. The leaves have begun to turn into that deep rustic redish-orange hue, the chilly wind nips at our noses leaving a small red imprint of its wake, and our pueblo is now silent as children work diligently in their classrooms – daydreaming of future vacations. Yet, October 1st is not only the messenger of cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery, but it is also the midway point of Wine Blog Wednesday. We now have only 10 days left before collecting your posts on a Portuguese Table wine.

Therefore, you have an opportunity get out there and taste everything from lush red Alentejo wines to cool bright Vinho Verdes. Go crazy and find a lesser known Portuguese sparkling wine, a white from Tras os Montes, or a native varietal like Baga, Bastardo or Labrusco. Any Portuguese Table wine will be accepted by October 10th, but those of you who want to go on a limb and find a wine from a lesser known region will get additional points. Those of you who pair your wine with Portuguese food or music, while sharing your experience with us, may even receive a virtual happy dance all the way from Terrassa, Spain. Finally, those of you who are trigger happy with your camera may contribute by sharing your photos at Wines of Spain and Portugal Flickr Group.

Please be aware that we’ve included an updated PDF as promised. Over the past two weeks, we’ve received word from several importers who were not included on the original packet. Hence, if you need some additional importers to contact, feel free to print out the PDF.

If you are an importer or Portuguese winery and would like to share you information with our readers, please post a comment on your wines and their availability below.

If you are still having trouble finding a Portuguese Table wine, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note and allow us to guide you in the right direction.

In other news, we have just created a Flickr group called Wine Harvest 2007 where you can upload photos of any harvest around the world. We’re hoping to build a rich and colorful collection of photos which we can all appreciate. So please, if you have a few photos, put them in, or if you know someone who has recently visited a winery during harvest, let them know of our project!

Cheers,
Gabriella and Ryan

Download the Wine Blog Wednesday #38 PDF

  • Tommy

    Hello Ryan, if anyone is having trouble finding Portuguese Table wines in the San Francisco Bay Area I can definitely send them in the right direction here. Mahalo!

  • Sonadora

    Having lots of trouble here. I've struck out at 3 local wine shops. I'll be on a major hunt this weekend, but am running out of shops to try!!

  • Dr. Debs

    Believe it or not I found the best selection of Portuguese wine at the big chain store Beverages and More. I had gone to all the small independents thinking they would have some good bottlings, but there wasn't a single one.

  • http://wannabewino.blogspot.com Sonadora

    Having lots of trouble here. I’ve struck out at 3 local wine shops. I’ll be on a major hunt this weekend, but am running out of shops to try!!

  • http://goodwineunder20.blogspot.com Dr. Debs

    Believe it or not I found the best selection of Portuguese wine at the big chain store Beverages and More. I had gone to all the small independents thinking they would have some good bottlings, but there wasn’t a single one.

  • Gabriella

    That's fantastic! Maybe your discovery will give others some direction, veering away from the smaller shops to big chain stores. Although Ryan and I like to support the small guys, if they don't have the selection, you obviously have to go elsewhere. I'll be excited to read up on your tasting! Good luck!

  • Gabriella

    Sonadora, I put in a word to an importer out of New York for you. Let's hope we can find you something asap.

  • Tommy

    Some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Here are some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Here are some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Here are some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines <a href="http://www.duvinfinewines.com “>http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table <a href="http://www.spanishtable.com “>http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers <a href="http://www.solanocellars.com “>http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley <a href="http://www.vintageberkeley.com “>http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE <a href="http://www.winebarsf.com “>http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Sonadora, if your in NYC particularly Manhattan give Astor Wines and Spirits a look <a href="http://www.astorwines.com “>http://www.astorwines.com this place in my humble opinion has one of the most insane selections of wines on the planet including plenty of Portuguese goodies. Good luck with your search!

  • Tommy

    Sonadora, if your in NYC particularly Manhattan give Astor Wines and Spirits a look <a href="http://www.astorwines.com “>http://www.astorwines.com this place in my humble opinion has one of the most insane selections of wines on the planet including plenty of Portuguese goodies. Good luck with your search!

  • Tommy

    Sonadora, if your in NYC particularly Manhattan give Astor Wines and Spirits a look <a href="http://www.astorwines.com “>http://www.astorwines.com this place in my humble opinion has one of the most insane selections of wines on the planet including plenty of Portuguese goodies. Good luck with your search!

  • Gabriella

    Thanks Tommy for your feedback! This is great advice!!

  • Gabriella

    Sonadora, You might also consider contacting these guys as well. They're a distributor for Eric Solomon, and located in Maryland. Hopefully, they can guide you towards a shop closer to, or within, DC. The Henry Wine Group 8100 Dorsey Run Road, Suite C Jessup, MD 20794 Phone: (800) 221-9916 Fax: (410) 880-6129

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    That’s fantastic! Maybe your discovery will give others some direction, veering away from the smaller shops to big chain stores. Although Ryan and I like to support the small guys, if they don’t have the selection, you obviously have to go elsewhere. I’ll be excited to read up on your tasting! Good luck!

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Sonadora, I put in a word to an importer out of New York for you. Let’s hope we can find you something asap.

  • Tommy

    Some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Here are some great shops in the Bay Area worth calling or checking out for Portuguese wines are Du Vin Fine Wines http://www.duvinfinewines.com in Alameda Dan the owner is very knowledgeable. The Spanish Table http://www.spanishtable.com in Berkeley and Mill Valley have a great selection probably the biggest in the Bay Area. Solano Cellers http://www.solanocellars.com and Vintage Berkeley http://www.vintageberkeley.com usually have some stuff in stock to. In San Francisco try WINE http://www.winebarsf.com at Embarcadero Center 2 next to Peetes Coffee and Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley next to Absinthe. Also CAV Wine Bar and Restaurant next to Zuni Cafe is an awesome place to try Portuguese and Spanish wines infact if you like whats in your glass you can buy bottles at a cheaper retail price than what is on the wine list to take home. Just let your waiter know your interested because this is not advertised. These shops usually carry wines other than just Vinho Verde and the Douro.

  • Tommy

    Sonadora, if your in NYC particularly Manhattan give Astor Wines and Spirits a look http://www.astorwines.com this place in my humble opinion has one of the most insane selections of wines on the planet including plenty of Portuguese goodies. Good luck with your search!

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Thanks Tommy for your feedback! This is great advice!!

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Sonadora,

    You might also consider contacting these guys as well. They’re a distributor for Eric Solomon, and located in Maryland. Hopefully, they can guide you towards a shop closer to, or within, DC.

    The Henry Wine Group
    8100 Dorsey Run Road, Suite C
    Jessup, MD 20794
    Phone: (800) 221-9916 Fax: (410) 880-6129

  • Tommy

    Oops Sonadora, I thought you were in NYC.