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

The Portuguese wine invasion

With the works in the vineyards controlled and on time, we decided to join a group of three other Portuguese winemakers and cross the Atlantic towards the United States. The four of us, Julia Kemper, Vitor Mendes from Quinta de Gomariz, Pedro Pintão READ MORE

Claudia’s 2009 among the 50 Great Portuguese Wines by Olly Smith

Since 2005 that Viniportugal has been inviting a prestigious journalist to select the 50 Great Portuguese Wines for the UK market. For the ninth edition, the journalist invited was Olly Smith, who presented last Thursday in London his list for 2013. In that READ MORE

2010 Vintage Port tasting by Wine Passion Magazine – great news!

In February 2013 Wine Passion Magazine carried through a tasting of 2010 Vintage Port. Active Port lovers know that in 2010 Port producers harvested good grapes and made nice Port. But this was not an outstanding vintage, as 2007 or more recently 2011 READ MORE

Snow in the vineyards – white Douro valley

This was the view we had last Wednesday from the tasting room over the vineyards of Quinta Senhora do Rosário. All happened during a couple of hours of very intense snowing. I woke up early in the morning to see a vine planting READ MORE

Using English terms on Port Wine bottles

The influence of the British culture on the Port Wine industry started some centuries ago when the first British merchants came to Portugal and set up their exporting business in Vila Nova de Gaia. Actually, the arrival of the British coincides with the READ MORE

Oscar’s 2009 is ready for the fight

2010 is about to finish, but before we enter 2011, we want to present you the second edition of our Douro wine Oscar’s. First released in 2009, Oscar’s is a social, friendly and easy-going Douro wine. Made with grapes from Quinta da Trovisca, 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

Growing white grapes in Quinta da Trovisca: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio

After preparing the soil and making the terraces, we have finally planted our first white grapes vines in Quinta da Trovisca. We chose three varietals for our small field of under 2 hectares of land: Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio. Many producers are planting READ MORE

Three-week trip to US – Wine Bloggers Conference and other Port Wine Tastings – here we go!

Today we will start a 3 weeks trip to the US. I’m traveling with Nadia and this intends to be a half vacation/ half business trip. I left the Douro last week, some minutes after recording the video of my last post. I READ MORE