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Port Wine: A Primer

Port Wine: A Primer


Posted on Jan 19, 2022

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Port wine is prized by collectors.

Port is a deliciously rich, sweet wine made from various grapes, grown in Portugal’s Douro Valley, that is fortified with brandy. It can make one of the most age-worthy wines, with top examples lasting half a century and beyond. It’s definitely a connoisseur’s wine, prized by collectors and laid down for decades in cool dark cellars, but there are also many excellent ports that are quite affordable and ready to drink now. Port is a delicious drink; one that is well worth learning more about. Though Port-style wines are made in many areas, we will focus here on just those wines made in Portugal.

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Wine Country Eats: Portugal

Wine Country Eats: Portugal


Posted on Jan 12, 2022

Just a few hours upon landing in Porto it happened quicker than either of us imagined.

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Portugal’s food scene is world-class.

We sat down for our first meal in Portugal made up of Bacalhoa (salted codfish) along with a sampling of local wines, and we were captivated…hook, line, and sinker. The food scene, while often overshadowed by the popularity of Port and the rising appreciation of the country’s still wines, is absolutely worthy of its own recognition. Portugal’s gastronomy is steeped in tradition, defined by variety, and has put the world on notice thanks to its popular Celebrity Chefs and abundance of Michelin-rated restaurants.

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Video AdVINEture: Portugal

Video AdVINEture: Portugal


Posted on Jan 5, 2022

We’re kicking off 2022 with a video AdVINEture highlighting an incredible trip to Portugal we took with Iberian Wine Tours. We started in Porto, explored the Douro Valley, and finally ended up in Lisbon. The country is a fantastic travel destination whether you’re a wine lover or not that features a staggering amount of variety. Stunning scenery, terrific wine, a fabulous foodie scene and very welcoming people await…

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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle.

Laurent-Perrier is one of the great names in Champagne. Founded in 1812, it has grown to become the 4th largest house in the region. Along the way it has justly earned its reputation for producing distinctive wines across its panoply of Cuvées; wines that deliver elegance and finesse from a house that is dedicated to combining quality with innovation.

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Casal Santa Maria

The small Portuguese wine region of Colares is home to a family legacy that is so extraordinary, it must be seen (and tasted) to be believed. The story of Casal Santa Maria features all the themes that make for a great novel: war, bravery, love, heartbreak, loss, perseverance, and ultimately, triumph. In this case, however, every word is true.

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The Wines of Portugal: A Primer

The Wines of Portugal: A Primer


Posted on Dec 8, 2021

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Late Autumn in the Douro Valley.

A recent trip that AdVINEtures took with Iberian Wine Tours through the wine regions of Portugal taught us that this is an important region for wine-lovers to know more about. The region offers a great diversity of wine styles, from white to red, still to sparkling, table to dessert, and all at very fair prices. It is also a stunningly beautiful region of steep valleys covered in terraced vineyards that fall down to shimmering blue rivers.

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