Culture

Tasting 1827 Villar d’Allen Port: the origins of Quinta do Noval

Contrarily to what my friends say, my job is not always easy. I work hard throughout the year, but the harvest is by far the most challenging. Sleeping is cut to a minimum, and at the end of the harvest, I’ll be thinner by three or four kgs. That’s hard to avoid, but I love […]


Life on the Douro – a documentary by Zev Robinson

Do you remember when I talked here about the documentary Zev Robinson is making about our life in the Douro? After a second visit to Portugal, late July, where Zev recorded more material, a new trailer is now available, which you can see above. Zev is coming to the Douro and Porto for a couple […]


The mistake of promoting Touriga Nacional as the flagship varietal from Portugal

Editor’s note: I was informed by Viniportugal few weeks ago that this promotional action over Touriga Nacional, is only the first of many different activities to present Portuguese grapes to the world. However, I’m still not convinced that this is the best way to promote our wines and the diversity of varietals we have in […]


Vindouro wine fair and Port Wine auction in S. João da Pesqueira

After spending a wonderful week in Denmark, I’m back to the Douro, where this week-end took place another edition of Vindouro. This regional wine fair is attracting more and more visitors to our town. Indeed I�ve never seen so many people in S. Jo�o da Pesqueira as I saw for the fireworks last Saturday at […]


How well Danish people pronounce “Quevedo”?

Since a couple of months ago, we have our Port Wine available in Denmark. Although this is not a very big market for Port Wine, the Dannish have the tradition of drinking Port Wine as a desert wine or with the coffee. Moreover, they have a good knowladge of the different types of Port and […]


Press Club San Francisco – a new wine experience

After a week-end in Napa and Sonoma at the American Wine Bloggers Conference, we spent a day of sightseeing in San Francisco. Everything was much better than I had imagined it… Alcatraz (which brought all the stories I’ve read back into my mind), the San Francisco Bay (with bikes and rollerbladers all around), Pier 39 […]


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, […]


Free wireless Internet access in the center of my village, S. Joo da Pesqueira

My village, S. Joo da Pesqueira, is located in the heart of the Douro Valley, a region that is strongly committed to and relying on the agriculture. This village is far away from any urban area and sometime I feel we are all a little bit isolated. Nevertheless, poor accessibility contribute to make it even […]


Do You Know Which Wines To Drink for Christmas?

Well, some of you do and some of you don’t, so for those who don’t know, I’ll try to help. The Christmas Eve dinner is particularly special for me for several reasons: all the family is together around a table full of traditional dishes; as the time draw on, we talk about old stories. I […]


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 […]