Archive for the Portugal Category

Veedha Douro Red 2008, Douro Valley, Portugal

Fresh and Mature. Opposites? No.  The red 2008 Veedha from the Douro Valley is just that, a full bodied, aged wine that maintains clear-cut freshness.   What the nose shows: Dark chocolate balanced with floral notes on top of wood and berries.  It reminded me of a new taste discovery I recently had dark chocolate with liberal amounts of sea salt.  The wine wasn't salty, but it was the contrasts that built strong character.   The gulp was very consistent with the nose, the Read more [...]

Cabral Port, Tawny 20 Year Old, Douro Valley, Portugal. 375ml.

I am not a Port connoisseur.  I do enjoy it, but I partake in it so infrequently that I have never bothered learn more about – I just shut up and drink it.  The semi dry Cabral 20 year old Tawny is  a red wine Port, but the colour is a very light orange shade of “clear”  I tried this 20 year old as part of a mini flight of the 10, 20 and 40 year old Cabral Tawnys presented by Marc Beausejour from Les Vins du Réseau International Global.   All three of these Cabral Tawny Ports Read more [...]

Gazela Vinho Verde 2010, Minho, Portugal

Depending on how much your government taxes you, this bottle will run you anywhere from 5 to 10 bucks across North America. Crap? No way. I have to admit that I have walked by this bottle a few times at the liquor store and judged the book by it's price tag. I recently attended a Vinho Verde event and picked this particular bottle to blog about over some very good and more prestigious labels. So what is Vinho Verde? The wine isn't green as the name may suggest, in fact, the whites are generally Read more [...]
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