Category Archives: PORTUGAL

Calçada Vinho Verde: Perfectly Imperfect

André Estácio Pinto poured a glass of miniscule-production Vinho Verde from Calçada, made from some of the oldest vines in the Minho, and loosed a disclaimer: “It’s not a perfect wine.” “No problem,” I answered. “I’m not a perfect wine … Continue reading

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Screw Blue: Have a Rosé Christmas Without Me

Every year I swear I won’t write any Christmas wine stories, and every year I write a bunch of Christmas wine stories.  In the traditional view of things, lying makes me a bad little boy and takes me off Santa’s … Continue reading

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Richard Mayson, Quinta do Centro And A Bunch Of Unrelated Stuff

How does the road from Coronation Street to Alentejano, Portugal get lost on Selden and 2nd in Detroit? Listen my children and you shall hear Of a noontime ride in the wine frontier. I’m a huge fan of Alentejano, both … Continue reading

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Bung, Bung, Bung, Bung: Mr. Sandeman, Bring Me A Port

How best to celebrate World Sherry Day, Sunday, May 26th? By writing about port, of course. Sherry Schmerry, Quite Contrary… …we know where your garden grows.  Spain, specifically Puerto de Santa María, Jerez and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  Don’t get me … Continue reading

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Can’t Get Much Cooler Than This Fonz: Fonseca Bin No. 27

What do Arthur Fonzarelli and Bin No. 27 have in common? Both are feisty and irrationally cool, both dwarf their categorical co-stars in popularity, both have pinged in and out of cultural relevance—and prior to the early seventies, nobody had … Continue reading

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