GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Bouschet is a black grape variety widely cultivated since 1866 and planted mostly in Spain, Portugal and France. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache. Alicante is a teinturier, a black grape with dark skins and flesh. In contrast, regular black wine grapes have dark skins, but clear flesh. In a blend, […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING VINHO VERDE, PORTUGAL

Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC of Portugal, up in the cool, rainy north-west. The vines grow in fertile, granite soils along rivers that flow from the mountains of the east to burst out into the Atlantic Ocean. Cool, wet weather always makes ripening more difficult here, but the climatic problems were long compounded in […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING DOURO, PORTUGAL

The Douro is a Portuguese wine region centred on the Douro River and stretches from the Marao Mountains to the frontier with Spain. The vineyard area has a warm continental climate as a result of being shielded from the cooling Atlantic winds by the mountains. Wine production in the Douro is dominated by Port, but […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON ARINTO

Arinto is a white grape variety planted primarily in the wine regions surrounding Lisbon, Portugal. It produces vibrant wines with lively, refreshing acidity and gentle flavours of apple, lime and lemon. Traditionally, Arinto-based wines have a slight sparkling sensation that enhances their freshness. They can age well for over 7 or more years developing flavours […]

WINE TRAVEL:​ DISCOVERING RED WINES OF DOURO DOC, PORTUGAL

Portugal produces a wide range of wine styles through its five major DOCs. Portuguese wine has been introduced to the region by ancient civilizations such as Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and especially Romans. The Douro DOC is extremely well known for its excellent Port, but we will explore the red wines of the DOC Douro. In […]

WINE PAIRING ​ : ASSOCIATING CHOCOLATE DESSERT AND LBV PORT!

The evening is the best time to pair your dark chocolate dessert with Late Bottle Vintage Port!Port is a Portuguese fortified wine produced with distilled grape spirits exclusively in the Douro Valley. We recommend LBV Port, matured in old oak barrels in Porto, between four and six years. This sweet wine has a unique deep […]