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Portuguese Sweetness in a Glass

Portuguese Sweetness in a Glass | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Since ancient times, the Sétubal Peninsula has been the spiritual home of the fortified wine of Moscatel. Deliciously sweet, it is ideal as an aperitif or paired with a dessert


THE MUSCAT IS one of the oldest grape varieties in the world, and while it is used to make the delicious nectars of Moscato in Italy and Moscatel in Spain, it is said that the preferred tipple of Louis XIV of France was in fact the famous Portuguese Moscatel de Setúbal, which the Sun King requested for all his celebrations in Versailles. Originating from Greece or Egypt, it is believed that the grapes of the Muscat family – which includes around 200 varieties – were brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians and the Greeks. With a pronounced sweet floral aroma, its ability to ripen to high sugar levels makes the Muscat grape ideal for producing sweet, fortified wines. 


The Moscatel Galego Branco (from the Muscat blanc à Petit Grains variety) is grown in the demarcated region of the Douro to make its Moscatel do Douro DOP. Douro’s Moscatel wines tend to be complex, with good acidity, citrus aromas, and flavours of apricots and butterscotch, which get nuttier the longer the wine is aged in wooden barrels. However, it is the Moscatel produced in the Setúbal Peninsula, which lies across the Tagus river south of Lisbon, that has won over connoisseurs the world over.


Made from the Muscat of Alexandria variety, Moscatel de Setúbal is produced in the historic vineyards of Setúbal, a demarcated area for more than 100 years.


Ranging in colour from gold to mahogany, this rich concentration of sweetness has typical aromas of citrus flowers, honey, marmalade, lychee and raisins.


Another variety produced in Setúbal is Moscatel Roxo. this wine also has a rich aromatic profile, but which is drier and more complex. On the mouth, it has notes of spices, cherries and fig compote.

Mary H Goudie's insight:
The favourite sweet wine of Louis XIV of France. From south of the river near Lisbon, this dessert wine grown in Setubal's sun kissed vineyards is one that you will want to try on a visit to the city. 
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Portuguese Table Wines Primer

Portuguese Table Wines Primer | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

With all due respect to the country's famed port and Madeira, these days we're most excited about its reds, whites and rosés.

We're not talking about light, fizzy Vinho Verdes, but rather mineral-driven whites and rich, elegant reds that are perfect for pairing. Portugal is making a slew of these right now, and though the quality has surged in recent years, the price hasn't caught up yet.

Any oenophile will thank you if you show up with a bottle of Colares, one of the rarest wines the country has to offer. The vines, many of them 100 to 150 years old, are planted several meters deep in the sand dunes along the coast near Lisbon. Reds are high in tannins and acidity, while whites are full-bodied and often come with a hint of salinity.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Portuguese wines are awash with variety and quality.  Colares Malvasia is one of my favorites of the whites, a wine rarity grown still on its original European roots. To drink before you die. Surprising, beautiful and o so fresh even after all those years in the bottle. Beyond a citrus color this wine almost has a lime green tinge to it, wonderful to drink and lovely to look at, dream time in a glass for wine lovers.

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Vineyard to glass Portugal's mellow wine revolution

Vineyard to glass Portugal's mellow wine revolution | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Wine critic Matt Kramer spent several months in Portugal last year and wrote that it is "arguably the most exciting wine place on the planet today ... It's a 'Wine Revolution'

In the Wine Spectator magazine's latest list of 100 best wines, Portugal took the top position with a port and No. 3 and 4 with two reds."

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Too true as a long time resident of Lisbon I have seen this wine revolution happen over several years. I'm lucky to be able to taste small producers wines every week right here on my doorstep where I can take my tour guests on a wine tasting tour around the regions of Portugal without leaving the city.

 

Unsung heroes are the Lisbon region with whites that please the British King George III and Dao where you can get some interesting old vine wines. Try the red wines made with the Alicante Bouchet grape from the Alentejo region where the terroir make this grape excel or little known white Encruzado from Dao. It's definitely a good time to discover the wine of Portugal. This I'm in love with the whites next year who knows, they just keep getting better & better.

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#Wines That Will Blow Your Mind - 5 Dry Portuguese

#Wines That Will Blow Your Mind - 5 Dry Portuguese | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
Over the last few years Portugal has been ramping up their quality for dry red and white wines. Surprisingly, most can still be found for less than $10. Here are 5 wines you just have to try...

 

Red Wine That Makes Cabernet Look Like Wimp - Douro Red

Smoky Sweet Barbecue in Your Glass - Alicante Boucet

Portugal’s Answer to Creamy Chardonnay - the Whites

If This Grape Was French, It Would Be Famous Already - Jaen Dao 

The Endless Summer Wine - Vinho Verde

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Some of my favorite wines are from the #Lisbon region.

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Quinta das Carrafouchas 2008 Lisboa Red

Quinta das Carrafouchas 2008 Lisboa Red | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
Tasting note for Quinta das Carrafouchas 2008 red regional Lisboa

Via Quinta das Carrafouchas
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Surprise #Lisbon has great #Wine One of my fav red wines of the year - try the 2009 too! 

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Wine Tasting How to in 8 Steps

Wine Tasting How to in 8 Steps | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

from americanexpress.tumblr.com #LaPaulée’s @DanielJohnnes! tp://lapaulee.com


Via Mariano Pallottini
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The Sniff, Sip, Swirl & all steps in between before the only optional Spit. 

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José Eduardo's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:47 PM

Good simple instructions for a serious wine tasting.

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Portugal Wine Ladies

Portugal Wine Ladies | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Stepping the  light fantastic last weekend in Lisbon where a bevy of wine beauties popped their corks & gave us some great tastes of the best of Portugals liquid grapes all bottled up in some fab vintages. 

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Check out the bottle brandishing Babes click here http://on.fb.me/1hkTv3t

 

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5 Wines to Focus on this Fall

5 Wines to Focus on this Fall | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
Breaking out of the routine with some exciting options for Autumn.. While autumn doesn’t officially begin until September 21st, we all know what the real deal is. Summer begins Memorial Day weekend and ends on Labor...
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Check out the two from Portugal featuring Tourigal National grape vatiety or casta as we say here. 

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Wine Concept, Alacer do Sal Portugal

Wine Concept, Alacer do Sal Portugal | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
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Herdade de Portocarro run by winemaker Jose da Mota Capitao produces cult & niche wine for the top wine elite. With his 15 hectares of vines taking advantage of Atlantic Alentejo’s micro-climate uniqueness his 3 wines are a necessity for all you wine buffs to search out on a trip to Lisbon. 

He produces only three red wines and in very small quantities. The wine Herdade do Portocarro is mainly made from Aragonez, Alfrocheiro and Cabernet Sauvignon. Secondly, Anima, which in Latin means “spirit” or “soul”, is made from the Italian Sangiovese grapes. Last, but not least, Cavalo Maluco, which translates literally as "Crazy Horse", is made chiefly from Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. 

At a recent blind wine tasting of mono Sangiovese wines Anima & and an Italian one - the Itatian tasters gave this Portuguese wine a better score than the home grown Italian offering - what more can I say - you need to drink these! Anyone who can name a wine "Crazy Horse" is tops in my books.

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Infographic: From Barrel to Bottle. How to Bottle Wine - Uproot Wines

Infographic: From Barrel to Bottle. How to Bottle Wine - Uproot Wines | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
A bottling line happens to be really cool. A bunch of fancy machinery quickly getting the juice in bottles. We thought it was so cool it justified its own infographic.
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Now you know how its done its time for the reverse cork out, into glass & taste - so say we all!

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Wine Harvest in Douro Portugal

Join us for one day, during harvest at Quinta de S. Luiz, Douro Valley, Portugal.
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In touch with the land and the seasons. One harvest one ‪#‎Wine‬ region, the Douro, in this country of ‪#‎Portugal‬ there are many.In touch with the land and the seasons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisboa_VR

 

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Whites Wines to excite you in Portugal

Whites Wines to excite you in Portugal | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

It’s time to lift the lid on ‘Europe’s best-kept-secret’.
Portuguese winemakers have been too modest for too long about their fresh, mineral white wines from unique varieties, says Sarah Ahmed.

In Bucelas, one of the DOCs of the generic Vinho Regional (VR) of Lisboa, Arinto’s high acidity earned it the 19th-century moniker Lisbon Hock.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Nothing could be better than a glass of chilled Bucelas white wine on a hot day to take  Summer in the City  to a new level. So very chic to drink a wine from the wine region of you very own European capital city - #Lisbon of course. 

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Table Wines from Portugal

Table Wines from Portugal | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

It’s time for Portugal’s wines to rise and shine!


Via José Eduardo
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Discover a new frontier for fabulous wine from a little country in Western Europe on the southern Atlantic coast. Portugal is SO much more than Port. It's time to let your palate taste these gastronomic wine that totally shine with food pairings.

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José Eduardo's curator insight, February 26, 2015 10:39 PM

It's more than #winesofalentejo but I believe it deserves to be shared... after all its #winesofportugal

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The best wines from Portugal’s Alentejo region

The Alentejo wine region is Portugal’s largest, producing about two fifths of the country’s wine. A tasting in Lisbon in late October revealed how good the quality has gotten in recent years.
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Insight into the wines of Southern #Portugal. Big bold reds great with the pork dishes of the region.

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Lisboa: living up at last to its white wine potential

Lisboa: living up at last to its white wine potential | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

The region encompasses the long strip of Atlantic coastline between the Tagus estuary in the south to Beira in the north.  Inland, it stretches to the borders of the Tejo region.

With its temperate maritime (Atlantic) climate and Jurassic pockets of limestone and clay, this productive region (according to the IVV, Portugal’s largest wine production and vine area) undoubtedly has potential.

Yet outside Arinto-focused DOC Bucelas, only a handful of producers, notably Monte D’Oiro and Quinta de Chocapalha, have successfully harnessed it. 

Mary H Goudie's insight:

This year I have fallen in love with this Portuguese #Lisbon #wine region. Quinta da Chocapalha, Quinta da Carrafouchas & Quinta da Murta are firm favorites. 

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Porto Lover’s Guide to Portugal

Porto Lover’s Guide to Portugal | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

While Porto is known to be the second largest city of Portugal, there is one more thing that the city is known for: wine. To make sure that you will make the best of your stay in the city, you should have a wine-strategy. You can expect to find here great wines and wonderful memories to take home with you.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Portuguese Wine Strategy a great idea. Lisbon's sister city is famous for Port but the whole country has terroirs galore & fab #wine to match.  

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Portuguese Red Grape named Yellow!

Portuguese Red Grape named Yellow! | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Did you know...? Tinta Amarela is a red grape variety. It's one of the most widely spread Portuguese varieties. It is a difficult grape variety to work with, characterized by irregular yields and somewhat susceptible to adverse moulds, but in good years it produces great wines. It has excellent acidity, soft, abundant tannins and intense aromas of plum and blackberry, resulting in balanced and elegant wines. Tinta Amarela is one of the varieties that can be found in the old vineyards of Quinta do Bom Retiro. It is also part of the blend of Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas classic red wine.

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Check our their site http://www.ramospinto.pt

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José Eduardo's comment, September 11, 2013 3:35 PM
In the south Portugal this variety is also known as Trincadeira.
Mary H Goudie's comment, September 11, 2013 3:44 PM
Name that Casta info - thanks Jose.
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Can a Wine be TOO Cold?

Can a Wine be TOO Cold? | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Unlike correct wine glasses or the act of pairing wine with food, proper wine temperature isn't something that most wine drinkers think much about. They're making a big mistake.A bottle that is too cold or too warm is a wine that's not going to be fully enjoyed. For example, a sparkling wine should always be served much colder than a still one—in part because sparkling wines are generally high in acidity and a high-acid wine is particularly unpleasant to drink warm—but primarily because the cold preserves the carbon dioxide (aka the bubbles). The colder the bottle of Champagne, the more carbon dioxide is dissolved into its contents, and the longer the sparkle will hold. Red wines - too-cool has a price: When a wine is very cold, the flavors are muted, while other aspects like alcohol and tannins are likely to come to the fore.


Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr
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Well wine in the ice bucket - we will have to watch that one.

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How to Pair Port Wine with Cheese

How to Pair Port Wine with Cheese | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

One of the best-known cheese and port combinations is vintage port and Stilton, or any of the robust blue-veined cheeses. Vintage character or Late Bottled Vintage Port pairs well with a full-flavored, slightly salty or soft-ripened cheese.

Cheese Suggestions:

StiltonRoquefortBlue de BresseGorgonzolaBeenleigh BlueAzeitao (a ewe's milk cheese from Portugal)
Mary H Goudie's insight:

Look out for the Portuguese Cheese "Serpa" if you can find it in its fully cured & hard version. Would certainnly give Stilton a run for its money with  Vintage Ports. These special bottles unlike the Tawnies will have to be shared with friends, as just like fine wines they must be consumed within the week at most of popping the cork. 

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Sense the Taste of Wine

Sense the Taste of Wine | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
How drink and taste a glass of wine. All kind of glasses and the different grapes and wines.

Via Mariano Pallottini, José Eduardo
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Just sniff, swirl & only spit sometimes!

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pariswineboat's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:20 AM

Une question de goût !

Mary H Goudie's comment, September 11, 2013 4:02 PM
I am just off to review the latest in Lisbon Champagne Bars this afternoon so let hope they get the glass & temperature just right.
Mariano Pallottini's comment, September 11, 2013 4:43 PM
Great job yours