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Don’t Panic When It Comes to Portuguese Wine Grapes

I will admit to being a bit overwhelmed when it came to learn about Portuguese wine grapes. I mean, come on, isn’t Gewürztraminer hard enough? See how I overcame my fears and encountered some great wines in my guest post on Notes from Esporão. It’s also a bit of a snapshot of my visit to Esporão’s [More]

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Blog Post Roundup: Portuguese Food and Wine at Esporão and Quinta dos Murças

Great Portuguese food and wine were on hand during my recent press trip to Portugal as a guest of Esporão and Quinta dos Murças. The regions of Alentejo and Douro where the two wineries are located, respectively, were also dramatic, and dramatically different. Here are links to experience some of the many highlights: A Portuguese Sparkling [More]

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Dizzying Heights, Hairpin Curves, and The Vineyards of the Douro

My pale and windblown look certainly had something to do with the journey to reach the top of one of the highest vineyards in the dramatic, and dramatically beautiful, Douro region of Portugal. While on a press trip as a guest of Esporão and visiting Quinta dos Murcas, we took a drive to visit the [More]

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The Ultimate Picnic Table, Piles of Pork, and Love for Oaked White Wines

I’m a fan of picnic table design that unobtrusively accommodates ice and white wine. Therefore, I certainly appreciate these clay inserts (pictured) to keep your wine well-chilled. And while visiting  Herdade do Esporão on a press trip, and experiencing some degree of the searing heat of the Alentejo region of Portugal (near the town of [More]

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188 Kinds of Wine Grapes Growing at Herdade do Esporão in Portugal

Why are they growing 188 kinds of wine grapes at Herdade do Esporão winery in Portugal? And why is this giant rock in the middle of this vineyard? Let’s start by tackling the first question. As one of my colleagues on this press trip, Pamela Busch, observed, this is probably the only place in the [More]

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A Portuguese Wine Adventure

I am off in the morning on a press trip to visit Esporão in Portugal. Look forward to sharing through words and images what I learn about Portuguese red and white wines, food, history, and culture. I’ll be visiting two properties: Herdade do Esporão in Alentejo and Quinta dos Murças in the Douro. Image courtesy Esporão. [More]

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A Portuguese White Wine to Match a Cream Cheese Omelette

I brought a Portuguese white wine over to a friend’s house and it happend to be my dumb luck that he was whipping up a cream cheese omelette for dinner. And he was nice enough to make one for me as well. (Showing up with wine might have had something to do with it, though [More]

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A Portuguese Red Wine for a Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

This vegetarian pasta recipe was, like many of my favorite dishes, pulled out of thin air and comprised of leftovers. It was made even better by having a delicious Portuguese red wine to accompany the prep work, add a little zip to the sauce, and enjoy with the meal. First, the wine. The Quinta dos [More]

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