People from the Douro say, and believe…

A couple of weeks ago, my sister, Cláudia, came across old texts about the Douro, written by Portuguese writers. I think it is worth to share it: “People from the Douro say, and believe, that they have the best cabbage in Portugal, the READ MORE

Proud to be local

A few days ago I was in England for a Port and Douro wine tasting in The Square & Compasses, an old pub located in Fuller Street, in Fairstead, Essex. Fuller Street is a very small village, with under 50 people, where everybody READ MORE

Old wine press from 1630 stands out in Esterhazy Museum, Austria

During the EWBC – European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna, Austria, we visited the Esterházy Museum. One of the most impressive pieces I saw, was a press device from the 1630. It’s around 5 meters long, all in wood, and with a pretty READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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, READ MORE

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), READ MORE

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: READ MORE

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