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I was reluctant to try this wine for no other reason than that a quick read of the rear label on the bottle revealed it had been fermented in new French oak casks.

I love the Alvarinho...

Wine workshop and dinner at Casa Rei das Praias

Food and wine lovers are in for a treat on February 21 at Ferragudo’s Casa Rei das Praias Guesthouse, with the hosting of a special workshop with Dona Maria winemaker Júlio Bastos at 6pm, followed...

Red tape threatens Monchique's ‘melosa’

It's another case of tradition tied-up by red tape, and it is threatening the livelihoods of Monchique's small distilleries - not to mention "the sustainability of the whole mountain region"....

Esporão AB (Alicante Bouschet)

Something special from the red hearted grape for Valentine’s Day

Traditionally used in the Alentejo as a blending grape to add depth of flavour and colour, the Alicante Bouschet grape has...

A love affair, laced with alcohol

It’s a different way of staying friends … Germany has strengthened ties with Portugal by producing its Gin Sul, a heady mixture of Portuguese zests (especially a type of rock rose found only on...

Highest scores for 2011 vintage Port

American magazine Wine Spectator organised a special tasting of Port wines to include in its February edition, and the scores the varieties received are off-the-chart.
Although none of the...

Duorum Colheita 2011

This is a mid-range Douro red with quite some pedigree behind it. Launched in 2007, Duorum is a joint venture between José Soares Franco, one of Portugal’s foremost oenologists of Barca Velha fame...

Wine tasting and dinner at Penina Hotel

An evening of delicious food and wine combined masterfully is promised at the next Penina Hotel & Golf Resort’s wine and food pairing event, to take place at its prestigious Le Grill...

Filipa Pato Baga & Touriga Nacional

Bairrada winemaker Filipa Pato is well known for her “ensaios” (experiments), breaking the mould with different blends. As I’ve said in this column in the past, I’m a great fan of her wines and...

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