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Music-pairing: Ros with Ruby?

Last week, we were watching Porto-Arsenal at a friend’s and scar brought the new Ros Port for a preview tasting. Forgetting football, food and friends, the Ros was the best part of the evening. And somewhere in the second glass of it, a music came to my mind as a perfect pair for the wine: […]


10 Ways of Celebrating the end of the Harvest

After picking up the last grapes, in Quevedo we are planing to do some activities to relax our muscles after the hard work. For those who have never harvested in the Douro, these may seem extreme sports; for us are a just a fun entertainment: To swim in the Douro river against the flow, towards […]


How Many Grapes are there in a Bottle of Port?

This is simple Port mathematics! Lets do it step by step: Port wine is 80% the best must from the Douro and 20% brandy; a bottle of 0.75L of wine requires roughly 1 kg of grapes, whereas brandy, a distilled drink, is much more demanding: 7 kg per liter! Well, imagine a bottle of 0,75 […]


The Côa Valley and its Paleolithic carvings – Côa Museum will come soon

From Porto departed 20 Douro lovers for a weekend of good friends, good food, good wine and many laughs. And this time we didn’t only dive in the river (we didn’t miss the Côa!) but also in the prehistory that vibrates in Foz-Côa: we visited the Paleolithic carvings of the Côa valley, drawings of aurochs, […]


The 10 Secret Ingredients of a Porto Quevedo

One could say that a bottle of Quevedo is just made of grapes and barrels and wisdom and time. But the truth is that there is much more than that… 1 – The siestas of Grandpa Joo in the van just after lunch 2 – The endless pots of “rancho” in the Quinta Vale D’Agodinho […]


What About a Tailored Port?

I have a friend who makes musical logos; he asks the companies to describe themselves, studies them and composes music that speaks as they would sing. By the way, he has a website, pickyoursoundtrack.com. Badly compared, my idea would be making a Port like that: a Port that would taste to what one is, seen […]


Who Is Pedro Pardinhas – The guy that only drinked water now enjoys wine!

Hi, I’m Pedro, one of the resident bloggers. I entered into the blog and into the wine as I entered scar’s and his family’s friendship, almost without noticing it. And now, after some months speaking about water, wine and trips, I decided to speak about myself. I’m lucky. Mostly because I believe that everything is […]


The First Port In Space? Quevedo, Of Course!

Some months ago, I heard that for Mrio Ferreira, the man that transports most people up and down the Douro RIver(he owns Douro Azul cruises), The World is not enough. Therefore, he decided to embark in a spacecraft to travel in space, and he’ll be the first Portuguese doing it; just like a modern Gil […]


Port Wine – Humans Best Friend?

Before I started drinking Port Wine, I associated it with a wine for special occasions. Back then, when I couldn’t even distinguish a Tawny from a White, I thought that drinking a Port required a group of moustache-cigar-pipe elders and an important decision to make. Now, a few months after I dived in Port (and […]


Birthday Gifts: This Year, A Book; The Helicopter Will Come Next

I received a book today, two weeks after my birthday. I could say it is gorgeous, but exact word may be tasty, or something that tastes so good that one wants to save it for somo special occasion. As I don’t know when will that occasion come, I didn’t resist nor felt sorry: I opened […]