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Tag Archives: Portugal

• BrewDog opens bar in Barcelona complete with bulletproof glass

BrewDog opens bar in Barcelona complete with bulletproof glass

BrewDog has taken its craft beer mission to Spain opening its first bar in Barcelona. Located at Carrer de Casanova 69, the bar is located in a former bank building and as such boasts bulletproof glass. With a capacity for 100 people the bar will serve 20 beers on tap including a selection of craft beers from […]

• Women Masters of Wine Smashing Wine’s Glass Ceiling

Women Masters of Wine Smashing Wine’s Glass Ceiling

In an industry historically dominated by men, women are increasingly smashing through wine’s glass ceiling with the number of female Master of Wine students now surpassing that of male hopefuls. As reported by The Times, this year’s intake of Master of Wine students was made up of 171 women and 131 men. Though women still […]

• Visit 100 year old wine in a wine cellar

Visit 100 year old wine in a wine cellar

Do you know where the oldest classified wine region is in Europe? (Don’t worry, I didn’t). It’s not Bordeaux, it’s not Porto in Portugal or Chianti in Italy. In a corner of Northeast Hungary is the little-known Tokaj wine trail, and here, many of the stone wine cellars were built as early as the the mid-1500s. […]

• An American wine: Madeira has historic ties to U.S.

An American wine: Madeira has historic ties to U.S.

A dollar a year. That’s how much — how little, really — a bottle of good madeira will cost you. Madeira, a wine from the Atlantic island of the same name, gets going only after a half century of age. And it never retires: Once aged, it is virtually static, offering its “combined intensity and […]

• 50 Great Portuguese Wines

50 Great Portuguese Wines

The Douro has come out on top in Julia Harding MW’s “50 Great Portuguese Wines” unveiled today. The list of 50 wines that Harding has spent the last year tasting features 27 reds, 18 whites, one sparkling and four fortified wines. Douro wines led the way with 14 wines, with Dão and Alentejo also featuring prominently. Harding, […]

• Napa Valley winemaking techniques create a buzz

Napa Valley winemaking techniques create a buzz

If it sounds like a good idea, California will try it. California has long been eyed for its innovation, often challenging current trains of thought. The wine industry is no exception. In the industry’s early years Agoston Haraszthy, Martin Ray, Charles Krug and others stand out as fervently experimenting with techniques new to the California […]

• Looking ahead to alcohol trends in 2012

Looking ahead to alcohol trends in 2012

For those of us who concern ourselves with the world of beverage alcohol, 2011 was nothing if not a most interesting year. After years of struggling sales, Cognac suddenly came roaring back. In the face of an economic crunch, craft beer grew more eclectic, more expensive and overwhelmingly more popular. Mixologists began raiding their pantries […]

• Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Can vintage port appeal to a new generation?

Vintage port is steeped in tradition and mysterious rituals. The exuberant young Portuguese woman in front of me is, er – how best to put this? – shaking her booty vigorously, urging me to join her and her companions in a dancing conga line, the music is loud and the yelps and shouts of the […]

• Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Port quota sparks violence in Douro

Police were forced to intervene and the president of the IDVP was dismissed after demonstrators attacked the Regua offices of the Port Wine Institute last week. Following Wednesday’s attack on the IDVP’s offices, which saw windows smashed, the Portuguese government intervened on Friday by suspending its president, Luciano Vilhena Pereira, hastening his planned departure this […]

• Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Fury as Portuguese government diverts millions from Douro

Funds worth as much as €8 million held by the Port and Douro Wines Institute (IVDP) have been transferred to the Portuguese government, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates. Speaking to the drinks business, Symington (left) said: “Just over eight weeks ago, as a direct result of the financial crisis, the government […]

• Sandeman Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail

Sandeman Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail

Sandeman Mix it Up Challenges Cocktail Buffs to Create an Original Port Cocktail for the Chance to Visit Oporto, Portugal and the Historic Sandeman Cellars. Do you enjoy the design of a good cocktail as much as the results in the glass?  Do you spend as much time behind the bar as in front of […]

• $15 wine: the new normal

$15 wine: the new normal

The sales ‘sweet spot’ for a bottle of wine has come down from $40 in 2009 to $15 or $20 today. Bargains are plentiful in wines from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Italy. California winemakers are also delivering, and Syrah can be an especially good value. There are signs the American economy is improving, at least […]

• WINE RIOT Los Angeles, March 25 & 26

WINE RIOT Los Angeles, March 25 & 26

Sip over 250 different wines from every region of the world, all while rocking out with a few thousand of your closest friends. Discover a new Cabernet from California, sip on a Malbec from Argentina, hit up German Rieslings and wash ’em down with grapes no one can pronounce from Portugal. We have you covered […]

• Champagne seeks cork closure alternative. Could you live without the ‘pop’?

Champagne seeks cork closure alternative. Could you live without the ‘pop’?

Leading Champagne houses are all desperately seeking an adequate substitute for the traditional cork closure, according to Ruinart chef de cave Frédéric Panaïotis. Speaking to the drinks business at a Ruinart Champagne “Interpretation Lunch” in London yesterday, Panaïotis revealed that, so far, crown cap is proving the most realistic alternative. “Of course we have looked […]

• Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

Aren’t screwcaps mahvellous…?

The New Zealand Screwcap Wine Seal Iniatitive, the world’s first national pro-screwcap movement, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the following announcement. I can feel the vibrations from Portugal already…. JR As we peruse today’s crowded wine shelves, it is difficult to ignore the proliferation of screwcaps. With over 90% of New Zealand wine now […]