The Beauty and the Beast – Tasting of 15 Vintage Ports from 1983

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The Beauty and the Beast – Tasting of 15 Vintage Ports from 1983

Note from Oscar: In September 2013, we co-hosted a tasting of 1983 Vintage Port at the winery, alongside our friend Christopher Pfaff. Christopher runs the website, Passion for Port in Germany, and generously donated almost every bottle poured. Considering how well the tasting went, I challenged Christopher READ MORE

Temperatures and rain influence in Douro wines

When someone asks a winemaker (one that knows where the grapes are coming from) why his wines taste a particular way, they will generally say that the wine reflects the provenience of the grapes. We all say that terroir is key to make READ MORE

Late rain may spoil a great harvest in the Douro

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Late rain may spoil a great harvest in the Douro

With the harvest being halfway over, let’s do a quick and dirty assessment of what’s occurred. Surprisingly, we’ve had a deluge of rain hitting us off and on for approximately two weeks. The good news is that depending on where you are in READ MORE

2014 Harvest outlook for the Douro

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2014 Harvest outlook for the Douro

The year of 2014 may be a great year for the production of wine and Port in the Douro. Some of the critical factors that contribute for above the average harvest are aligned, but it is still quite early to be conclusive. Among READ MORE

Priorat and Douro – similarities and differences between these two wine regions

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Priorat and Douro – similarities and differences between these two wine regions

There are places on Earth where we can still travel in time. At least in the wine planet. Places where technology, chemistry and machines are totally relegate to a lower level of importance. Places where mass wine production processes are barely known. Places READ MORE

Quinta da Alegria – removing stones to plant vines

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Quinta da Alegria – removing stones to plant vines

Works continue in Quinta da Alegria as more land is ready to receive the new vines. In the last weeks we have been delineating terraces and revolving the soil to eliminate any compaction it may exist. Also important when working the soil is READ MORE

Quinta da Alegria – how to prepare the soil to plant vines

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Quinta da Alegria – how to prepare the soil to plant vines

Quinta da Alegria is one of the properties (the other one is Mós) that belongs to my mother’s family. It was first planted by my great grandfather in the beginning of the last century. At that time, as it was forbidden to export READ MORE

Wine and Cork – why do they need each other so bad

Wine and Cork – why do they need each other so bad

Cork plays a critical role in the wine business. It has historically been the most used closure and nowadays it closes around 70% of all the wine bottles in the world. However, in the last decades both screw caps (made out of aluminum, READ MORE

Press clipping and a farewell to 2013

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Press clipping and a farewell to 2013

As the year is about to finish, we thought that could be fun to share with you what has been said recently on the press about our Ports and wines. We tried to combine in this press clipping one quote from each Port READ MORE

Opening a bottle of Port with Port tongs

Wine geeks like rituals. We care about which glasses to use, which way to pass the bottle, decanting time or serving temperatures. We take these “necessary” steps to fully enjoy a bottle of wine on any occasion. Another ritual that you may also READ MORE

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