Tag Archives: Portugal

Food & Wine Thursdays: Vinho Verde!

About three years ago I had the good fortune of being able to travel on a most-expenses-paid trip to Portugal to visit its wine regions. Although only one-fifth the size of California, Portugal produces half as much wine, meaning that … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Fear & Loathing in Bairrada with Luis Pato

Here’s a blast from the past. One of my favorite pieces of wine writing. “It’s leitao.” I stared at the plate in front of me. Crispy red skin. Gooey oozing fat. Moist, dripping meat. Was that a snout? No. Wait? … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Tempranillo, the Other Noble Grape

The term “international varietal” is batted around quite a bit in the wine world. It’s used both favorably to describe grapes whose combination of hardiness, quality and market-friendliness has given them  cosmopolitan reach, being planted in virtually every wine growing … Continue reading

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Food & Wine Thursdays: Portuguese Wine, As Natural as it Wants to Be.

(Disclosure: I sell, amongst many other things, Portuguese wine. What I’m saying is, I have a vested interest here but it’s an economic one, not a egocentric one, so my motives are pure. Also, I recognize that my characterization of … Continue reading

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