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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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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 6:20 AM

Une question de goût !

Mary H Goudie's comment, September 11, 2013 11:02 AM
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 11:43 AM
Great job yours
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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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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.

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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 10:35 AM
In the south Portugal this variety is also known as Trincadeira.
Mary H Goudie's comment, September 11, 2013 10:44 AM
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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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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