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Corks Matter When Storing Wine 

Corks Matter When Storing Wine  | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it
Want to start a wine cellar? Believe it or not, choosing the right bottle might be just as important as what's inside. Dr. Andrew Waterhouse elegantly explains the important of bottle stoppers and aging wine.
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Know your Cork.
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Cork or screw-cap - how do you like your wine?

Cork or screw-cap - how do you like your wine? | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it


Figures for how many cork-sealed wine bottles are affected by cork taint are hotly disputed, but a 2007 study put it as high as one in 10.


As an increasing number of vineyards and wineries seal their bottles with screw-caps, the natural cork industry is fighting back.


In addition to being a case of tradition, and a continuing perception that the wine will be of better quality, natural corks have a proven record over the centuries of helping fine wines to mature by letting in tiny amounts of oxygen, something screw-caps cannot properly replicate.

Mary H Goudie's insight:
We love our cork in Portugal, from originally using the wood to construct ships in the time of the Discoveries to sealing in those wonderful wine flavors today, we are still in love with this native tree. 
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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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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."

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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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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.

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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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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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This Portuguese Export Is the Ultimate Late-Summer Drink

This Portuguese Export Is the Ultimate Late-Summer Drink | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

Not ready to give up summer yet? Do as the Portuguese do, and sip on some white port—straight up, or mixed with some soda. 


White port was traditionally served chilled on its own, although today it’s becoming increasingly popular in long (read: mixed) drinks. The most beloved of them all is the white port and tonic—a damn good alternative to a gin and tonic when you want to drink for a long time and don’t want to get completely hammered.


Swap out the G in a G&T for white port, and you’re only looking at half of the alcohol content; plus tonic helps bring out the nutty, complex flavors of the fortified wine. The garnish situation for a white port and tonic couldn’t be easier. Throw in some mint and a slice of lemon or orange, and you’re good to go. Other variations call for a slice of ginger or some cucumber juice and agave. The flexibility makes it a solid pick for a party drink.


White port “may be 20% alcohol, but when it’s diluted with tonic water, it’s dropping down to 10.” about as strong as a glass of wine. Pile together a plate of olives, salted almonds, and some sheep’s cheese and you have the perfect pairing.

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What to sip on late Summer days in Portugal.
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Top Wine Region to Visit in 2017

Top Wine Region to Visit in 2017 | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

The vast Alentejo, stretching to Portugal's southwestern coast, is still off the radar for many travelers. This intriguing rural region is like a trip back in time. The diverse terrain holds olive groves and vineyards, quaint villages, flower-filled meadows and forests. 


"The Alentejo is best known for its hardy red wines made from a unique combination of indigenous varietals," says Kerry Woolard, who served on the expert panel. "Now, more familiar vinifera such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are being produced there too." 


 The food in Alentejo is rustic and authentic, taking full advantage of the agrarian lifestyle in the area. You won't find a developed coastline of hotels; instead Alentejo's beaches - considered some of the most dramatic and beautiful in Europe - require visitors to seek out lodging in independent guest houses. 

 

The Alentejo is like a trip back in time for wine lovers. The Faro and Lisbon airports are each less than two hours away.

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Time travel wine in Alentejo, Portugal that makes it a must for a must future in this 2017 for all #winelovers. 
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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 5:39 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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Dress your Winechap in Fav Red

Dress your Winechap in Fav Red | Wine Liquid Lisbon | Scoop.it

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.