Category Archives: Portugal

Alvaro Castro: Outstanding Selections from the Dão

Alvaro Castro is one of the most accomplished winemakers in Portugal.  Since 1980 he has served as winemaker for his family’s properties at Quinta da Pellada and Quinta de Saes. Alvaro crafts elegant wines sourced from traditional varieties with minimal intervention … Continue reading

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The Azores Wine Company: Volcanic Wines from the Azores

Wine enthusiasts who are searching for unique and authentic wines, should try these magnificent wines of the Azores. The Azores are an archipelago located 1000 miles off the coast of Portugal.  Pico, the principal island, has windswept vineyards of extremely poor … Continue reading

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The Alicante Bouschet Wines of the Alentejo

Alicante Bouschet originated in Franc, but today its principal home is in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Developed in 1886 as a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache, it’s a teinturier (red colored flesh) grape that produces inky red wines. … Continue reading

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2018 Vintage Rosés from Spain and Portugal

This article on the rosés of the Iberian Peninsula is one of a series covering the vintage 2018 rosés currently in the American marketplace. We earlier published an article on Tavel rosés titled Tavel: The Rosé of Kings. Future articles … Continue reading

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Succulent Sweet Wines for the Holidays: The Best of 2018

What better time of the year to open a bottle of profusely perfumed, deeply flavored sweet wine than the Holidays?  We’ve tasted a lot of them this past year from Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Washington, and, most recently, the Atlantic Coast … Continue reading

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Herdade do Rocim: New Releases from Portugal’s Alentejo

Located in the Baixo Alentejo with 70 hectares of vineyards (53 red, 17 white) and 10 ha of olives, Herdade do Rocim was founded by the late José Ribeiro Vieira. Today, his daughter Catarina Vieira and husband Pedro Ribeiro own … Continue reading

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Obrigado: Impressive New Releases from Portugal

Over the past two decades, Portugal has made dramatic progress in producing world class red and white table wines.  Today, in the Douro, the Dão,  Alentejo and other regions many  talented winemakers are  crafting exciting wines from an amazing myriad of … Continue reading

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New Releases from José Maria da Fonseca of Portugal

While best known for its Periquita and Lancer’s rose, two enormously successful wines, the Jose Maria da Fonseca  winery produces a large and diversified portfolio of high quality Portuguese table wines.   Domingos Soares Franco is one of Portugal’s most accomplished … Continue reading

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A Magnificent Wine Dinner for the Holidays by Two Outstanding Chefs

Two outstanding chefs, Domenico Cornacchia of Assaggi Osteria (right) and Driss Zahidi of Evo Bistro (left)  joined forces last evening preparing a magnificent holiday dinner for their customers.  The dinner was held at Assaggi Osteria in McLean, VA. 

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The US Wine Market in a Nutshell: 2014 Winners & Losers

Surprising US market trends for 2014:  sales of high priced wines are rising, while low priced wines are falling; Sauvignon Blanc is the biggest winner among single varietals, while Syrah is the biggest loser; red wine blends and rosé wine … Continue reading

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