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Portugal Wine Harvest Fashion

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DOURO VINTAGE (5 photos)UP-TAP Magazine October 2013 
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Portugal: Beautiful clothes to gather wonderful grapes in. 

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50 Great Portuguese Wines by Joshua Greene - REVEALED

50 Great Portuguese Wines by Joshua Greene - REVEALED | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
50 Great Wines by Joshua Greene - REVEALED 
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The must drink & try #wine of #Portugal in 2014

My favorites Quinta da Chocapalha Arinto & JMF private collection Rose 

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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 11:47 AM

Good simple instructions for a serious wine tasting.

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Portugal Wine Ladies

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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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Portugal Organic wines from the Dão - Julia Kemper

Portugal Organic wines from the Dão - Julia Kemper | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Last month, I made another exciting new Dão discovery – the wines of Julia Kemper, from Quinta do Cruzeiro. Julia acquired it after her father asked her to manage the farm in 2003.  Motivated by vivid childhood memories of time at the farm with other members of her large family (11 uncles and aunts and over 50 cousins), she says she feels a strong sense of connection with the land. She says“a walk through my vineyards when the sun is shining compensates for the efforts it takes to simultaneously run a farm and a law office.” 

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I first met Julia at the Adegga Summer wine market see here with my tour guests from the US http://flic.kr/p/dwHTGS Now we are firm friends and meet up on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/JuliaKemperWines or at wine shows in Lisbon. Track down a bottle of her red you won't be sorry.

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Portugal where the Wines are Noble

Portugal where the Wines are Noble | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Located an hour's drive south of Oporto and betwixt the Bairrada and Dao regions, I've stayed at Bussaco Palace Hotel en passant, checking in late and checking out early in and amongst visits with local wine producers. This is the ideal spot to pay homage to the Baga grape variety.

Envisioned as “a cathedral of wine” to show off the region.  The wines are made from grapes sourced from the hotel’s own vineyards as well as local growers in the Dao and Bairrada.  Reservado reds are a blend of Bairrada  Baga and Touriga Nacional from the Dao; Vinha da Mata – a single vineyard red – is more focused on Baga (65% of the blend) because the vineyard is on Bairrada’s chalky clay soils.  Whites are a blend of Dao Encruzado with Maria Gomes and Bical from Bairrada.

Once bottled, the wines used to be aged in the hotel’s cellar for 3-4 years in large barrels (toneis) made of Bussaco oak or chesnut, Brazilian oak (Macacauba) and mahogany, then in bottle (3 years for the white, 4-5 years for the red).   However, because there was no-one to take care of the toneis, since 2000 the wines have been aged in smaller (300l) oak barrels, with a percentage of new oak (although Vinha da Mata is aged 100% in new oak for just 12 months).

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Fascinating to know about the old barrels, such a shame that they don't use them any more. I came across the mixture of different wood in the large toneis in an old cellar in the Colares region outside of Lisbon recently. Love to know that they used what they had on hand - the burning question is of course what difference did this make to the wine?

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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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Paris Wine Boat'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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Yummy Use of Portuguese Red Wine

Yummy Use of Portuguese Red Wine | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Touriga Nacional is the principal grape of both Port wine and the Douro region from which it comes, though it is not limited to either. In fact we are seeing an ever increasing selection of table wines being made with Touriga Nacional, usually in a rather powerful style that blends the bright blue and black fruits of the grape with enough oak and extraction to produce a powerful, somewhat chewy wine. I think that Touriga Nacional is a great wine for game meats, but seeing as game can be challenging to find, and may not appeal to a broad range of palates it might be best to start out with something more familiar, and nothing makes red wine taste better than the all familiar Lamb Shank braised in Red Wine.
 

This is a beautifully simple and uncluttered recipe that allows on the slow cooked lamb, deeply flavored and meaty, to star. Touriga Nacional can have earthy and slightly gamy notes, which make it an ideal match for slow cooked meats like this. This lamb shank recipe would be a great  main course for a wine dinner that compared various styles of wine. I think I’m going to have plan my 2013 Lamb Shank dinner this afternoon, featuring Touriga nacional of course!
http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/lamb-shanks-braised-red-wine.aspx

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Although the last days of Summer are still blazing away here in Lisbon in early September days, for other climes feeling the cooling breezes of Autumn try the warming recipe with Portugal's number one red grape variety.

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Portuguese Wine Gains National Popularity

Portuguese Wine Gains National Popularity | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
A Portuguese Wine Gains National Popularity
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Ever heard of urban trickle-down theory? It works like this: a trend starts in a major metropolis, then moves to less-major metropolises, and finally lands in the rest of America.
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Green wine, young wine, fresh wine - that's got to be Vinho Verde.

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Dress your Winechap in Fav Red

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Infamously erudite, meticulously attired, vinously virulent and ever so well connected... London's Tom Harrow (of Winechap fame) is en route to the Douro valley in northern Portugal.

 

Fortified, fermented and foot trodden, Tom will distil his own impressions of the world's greatest man enhanced landscape... step aside Joseph James Forrester, here comes the new 'Red Baron'....


Via A Good Nose
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I just know you all adron your ladies maid in your best diamonds while she serves you, so why not dress your Winechap in the color of your favorite Touriga National or Burgundy while he pours. 

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Mary H Goudie's comment, September 3, 2013 8:47 AM
Tom if you have a chance make it down to Portugal's capital Lisbon & I will show you the inside of our wine bottles. Don't forget to bring the dapper suit handsome.
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Wine Concept, Alacer do Sal Portugal

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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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Christmas the Season for Port

Christmas the Season for Port | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

In some ways Port is a most English drink – all tradition, endurance and establishment.  

Port as we know it was born from the chronic Anglo-French scrapping of the 17th and 18th centuries. French imports of pretty much everything, including wine, were banned by Charles II in 1667. England needed a new source of wine. Our old friend Portugal was poised. The two nations had agreed mutually beneficial trading concessions back in 1386, and in the years since many English and Scottish merchants had set up in Portugal. Names such as Taylor’s, Warre’s, Cockburn’s, Campbell’s, Graham’s and Croft tell of this old association.

Vintage Port 

House style plays a part. Taylor’s vintage port is known for its refined power, Dow’s for its opulence, and Fonseca (a house with Portuguese roots, now part of the Taylor’s stable) for its rich fruit and exotic aromatics.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

Vintage Port is my favorite  - rich & exotic - that suits me to a tee! What type of Port will you be drinking in 2014?

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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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Portugal Wine Harvest Fashion

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DOURO VINTAGE (5 photos)UP-TAP Magazine October 2013 
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Portugal: Beautiful clothes to gather wonderful grapes in. 

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Portuguese Douro White Wine: all in the Terroir

Portuguese Douro White Wine: all in the Terroir | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
Winemakers from Portugal’s Douro Valley are producing crisp-edged whites in a land known for its fortified reds.
Mary H Goudie's insight:

White Ports are special. A recent tour guest just fresh from Porto managed to buy an even better bottle of the white stuff down here in Lisbon. Just a case of searching out the best & knowing where to get it. I tried a few white Douros at the Adegga Summer wine market but admit to liking the Bucelas whites such as those from http://www.quintadamurta.pt/ but I will give the Douros a going over at the Winter Wine Market this December - I will keep you posted. 

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The wine blogger an historic profession

The wine blogger an historic profession | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

“Buon ferragosto a tutti! Happy ferragosto, everyone! Above: "37 Grape Varieties" by Tuscan naturalist painter Bartolomeo Bimbi (1648-1729). The painting was commissioned by Cosimo III de’ Medici.”


Via Tracy Cervellone CWE, jimkelly38
Mary H Goudie's insight:

The British (Scottish) were among the first wine [b]loggers.

Travel writers like Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury, described wines and viticulture in seventeenth-century Italy (thanks to the advent of Google books, more than one wine blogger has found his reference to “natural wine,” an expression which denotes wine that has not been fortified). This good old tippling boy took a wife from my home county Ayrshire would you believe!

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Excalibur Wine & Spirits's curator insight, May 14, 3:21 AM

The information age has brought the exploration of wine to a brand new inovative level and it is clear there is a whole newuniverse left to explore.

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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.

Mary H Goudie's insight:

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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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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In praise of Portuguese wine - Herald Scotland

In praise of Portuguese wine - Herald Scotland | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
In praise of Portuguese wine
Herald Scotland
Here in regions like Dao, the Douro and the Minho - home to vinho verde - the cool, damp influence of the Atlantic really makes itself felt.
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Dao the Portuguese Burgundy - try it! Look out for Julia Kemper

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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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Wine corks set to make a comeback – Portugal | Portuguese American Journal

Wine corks set to make a comeback – Portugal  |  Portuguese American Journal | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
By Len Port, Contributor (*) Good news for the wildlife in Portugal’s cork oak forests, for everyone working in the country’s cork industry and for those of us who are fed up with corkscrews.

Via Julie Dawn Fox
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Did you know that Portugal is one of the world major wine cork suppliers - a glass of wine is just now the same without that cork stopper PLONK!

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Julie Dawn Fox's curator insight, August 25, 2013 5:39 AM

Good news for wine drinkers and the cork industry in Portugal.