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  • What a Little Altitude Can Do – To An Alvarinho: Soalheiro Clássico and Soalheiro Granit
    After writing about the differences between Portuguese alvarinho and Spanish albariño white wines, as well as the Vinho Verde DOC in general – Vinho Verde is a wine region in Portugal –  I thought of a follow-up that would make the perfect companion article.  I decided that I would explore ... Read more
  • Portuguese Alvarinho vs Spanish Albariño
    Portugal and Spain share a peninsula, a border, and a lot of history.  This is particularly true in northern Portugal and the northwest corner of Spain known as Galícia, two regions with many geographic and linguistic similarities.  These similarities wind their way back into the wine both areas produce, each ... Read more
  • Organic and Natural Wines in Portugal
    When it comes to Portuguese wine, what’s in a label?  A lot, it turns out. As you may already now, certifications on wine labels everywhere serve as a shorthand for consumers so that they can be confident what’s in the bottle was actually produced in a way that matches what ... Read more
  • Sustainably Red in the Alentejo Wine Region
    In Portugal, you can usually be certain that whatever is in a bottle coming from Herdade do Esporão, whether that’s wine, olive oil, or more recently artisanal beer, it will probably be good.  One of the magazine Drinks International‘s “Most Admired Wine Brands” in the world, Esporão (pronounced esh-por-OW) as ... Read more
  • Ordering Portuguese Wine in a Restaurant
    There are two types of wine drinkers in the United States: tech bros who wax ecstatic about terroir, rare varietals, and this “amazing” boutique vineyard that makes organic sauvignon blanc in South Africa….and everybody else.  For those in the latter group, who may be travelling to Portugal but don’t feel ... Read more
  • Vinho Verde with an Alentejo Backstory
    After port, the second largest category of Portuguese wine exported globally is vinho verde.  Among Portuguese white wines, vinho verde is probably the most popular abroad.  A lot of well-meaning Americans have asked about “Portuguese verde wine” or “Portuguese green wine” – verde means green in Portuguese – so let’s ... Read more
  • A Douro Red Wine Partnership
    The Symington Family Estates has long produced some of the most well-known Portuguese wines in the world, especially port, many of which are household names, such as Graham’s, Dow’s, and Warre’s.  It’s also one the magazine Drinks International‘s “Most Admired Wine Brands.” In 2000, Symington partnered with Bruno Prats, a ... Read more
  • Café Culture in Portugal
    A lot of ink is spilled on café culture in France, but much of that rings true here as well.  Coffee in Portugal is a social affair, and the places you typically go for coffee offer a relatively wide selection of eating and drinking options.   (As in most of Europe, ... Read more

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