Category Archives: Portugal

NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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Red or White for Thanksgiving? BOTH!

Or as I always say, “Open one of everything!” But here’s my take on the food/wine pairing conundrum for this Thanksgiving, in Sunday’s Washington Post special Food section, with wine recommendations paired to featured recipes. Note the commenter who didn’t … Continue reading

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From A-List to Riffraff in 12 Hours at Vinexpo

One very important aspect of Vinexpo is the industry’s effort to flatter the press. On Sunday evening, the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 Médoc et Sauternes hosted a black-tie dinner at Château Lafite-Rothschild in honor of the international … Continue reading

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Visual Terroir

Sometimes a  photo doesn€™t need to show grapes, vines, barrels or bottles to illustrate wine. While researching a column on the dry wines of the Douro Valley in Portugal, I came across this photo I took last July at Quinta … Continue reading

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Sir Josh

I had the pleasure the other night of attending a dinner at the Portuguese embassy residence, hosted by Ambassador João de Vallera in honor of Joshua Greene, founder and editor of Wine & Spirits magazine. Josh was being presented with … Continue reading

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Virginia Wines – World Class

Can Virginia wines stand tall among some of the best wines in the world? Undeniably yes, if the results of an in-depth tasting I attended on February 27 are any indication. The occasion was the second annual Virginia Wine Expo, … Continue reading

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Are You Drinking Your LBVs?

Port brings to mind stuffy old geezers in smoking jackets who “repair to the library” after dinner to puff on cigars, discuss affairs of state (in speech rife with “I say!” and “Hear, hear!”), toast Baron James Forrester and share … Continue reading

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