Category Archives: Portugal

Excitement in Portugal

My list of my favorite “Great Value” wines of 2017 — posted here yesterday and published earlier this month in The Washington Post — caused a mini stir in Portugal. Or at least, the winery that produces my #3 wine, … Continue reading

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Great Values of 2017

This is a new feature I’ll probably do annually for The Washington Post, highlighting my favorite wines of the past year that I gave the “Great Value” designation. I’m deleting the store listings here, so it won’t be such a … Continue reading

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What’s ahead in 2014 for wine lovers?

New Year’s is crystal-ball season in a lot of respects – not just the ball that drops on Times Square, but all the figurative crystal balls that pundits and wine columnists gaze into to predict what the new year will … Continue reading

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Crashing the Party at Quinta do Crasto

The recent harvest wasn’t a disaster everywhere, after all. Portugal’s Douro Valley enjoyed exceptional weather and a “classic” harvest, according to Miguel Roquette, marketing director for Quinta do Crasto winery, which his family has owned for more than a century. … Continue reading

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“Tawny – How I Loves Ya’, How I Loves Ya’ …. “

A reader posed this question on this week’s Free Range chat by The Washington Post’s Food section. Since she hit upon one of my favorite subjects – Port – I thought I’d share her question and my response: Help with … Continue reading

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They DO Make Good #Wine in Greece!

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Much of the fun of being a “Wine Explorer” lies in the hunt for different grape varieties from various regions. So when I hear someone say, “They don’t make good wines in —- ” my BS detector swings into action. … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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