The Alchemy of Distilled Spirits

The Alchemy of Distilled Spirits

Distilled alcoholic beverages are a common presence in moments of celebration, whether at vibrant parties, lively nightclubs, or relaxed outdoor barbecues. Drinking with friends can be a fun and for many, a relaxing experience. But do we know the differences between a distilled beverage, such as whiskey or gin, and a fermented beverage, such as […]

Top 30 Excellence, how much are they worth?

Top 30 Excellence, how much are they worth?

After the announcement of the “Best of the Year 2023” by Revista de Vinhos, it’s time to take a closer look at this “TOP 30 Excellence.” “What is the total value of these thirty wines? Which regions surprised? What wine styles performed the best? Do classics prevail or are new talents gaining ground? Every year, […]

Sauternes and Barsac – two true elixirs

Sauternes and Barsac: Two Terroirs destined for the production of true elixirs. In vineyards with incredibly low yields, in a capricious microclimate responsible for the famous noble rot, the luscious wines of Sauternes and Barsac are born.   DOC Sauternes and DOC Barsac: Two Twin Designations Classified DOC in 1936, the wines of the Sauternes […]

Quality of Portuguese Wine

Quality of Portuguese Wine

Starting on February 18th, the week named Wine & Travel Week begins, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the event that originated the entire Essência Company project – now a leader in Portugal in wine production, gastronomy, and wine tourism promotion. According to Revista de Vinhos (Wine Magazine), “We are facing the largest organization ever of […]

During Valentine’s week, get to know the grape variety “Amor-não-me-deixes” (“Love-Don’t-Leave-Me”)

During Valentine’s week, get to know the grape variety “Amor-não-me-deixes” (“Love-Don’t-Leave-Me”)

“Amor-não-me-deixes”, meaning “Love-Don’t-Leave-Me” could be the title of a romantic movie, a book, or even a song, but no. It’s the name of a Portuguese red grape variety, a designation that we might consider relatively recent, as it is not mentioned in works published before 1880. Portugal is the country with the most variety of […]

Revista de Vinhos (a renowned Portuguese wine magazine) rewards “the best of the year”

Revista de Vinhos (a renowned Portuguese wine magazine) rewards “the best of the year”

Finally, news that all lovers of great wines have been eagerly awaiting: the list of the 30 wines that have been awarded the Excellence seal by Revista de Vinhos at the ceremony that many consider to be the “Oscars of wine and gastronomy.”   Every year since 1996, the prestigious Revista de Vinhos distinguishes great protagonists […]

To simplify the complex classification system of German wines

To simplify the complex classification system of German wines

Germany is known for its high-quality white wines, particularly from the Riesling grape variety, which reflect the country’s rich winemaking tradition and unique climatic conditions. But a striking feature of German wines, which confuses many who want to try them, is the complexity of their classification system.   To demystify these difficulties, we can classify […]

An Aperol Spritz to celebrate Carnival and the Veneto region in Italy

An Aperol Spritz to celebrate Carnival and the Veneto region in Italy

The Carnival of Venice is one of the most famous carnivals in the world. Over 3 million tourists visit this beautiful city in Italy and are charmed by a tradition that, according to legend, dates back to the 12th century, when to celebrate a military victory of the Republic of Venice over the Patriarchate of […]

Month of Romance – A Must-Visit in Vila Verde, Portugal

Vila Verde invites you to experience the enchantment of the Month of Romance, now in its 14th edition. This unique event, inspired by the iconic symbol of the municipality – the “Lenço de Namorados” (Lover’s Handkerchief) – promises a blend of tradition, romance, love, knowledge, and flavors. Explore the municipality’s rich heritage through archaeological sites, […]

Sustainability takes the spotlight at the 10th edition of the Crédito Agrícola Wine Competition

Sustainability takes the spotlight at the 10th edition of the Crédito Agrícola Wine Competition

In a ceremony held on January 12, 2024, the winners of the 10th edition of the Crédito Agrícola Wine Competition were revealed. This initiative, organized by the bank in collaboration with the Portuguese Sommeliers Association, saw a total of 246 wines – whites, reds, and sparkling – submitted for consideration. These wines were evaluated by […]

Wine of the Year 2023 – Wine Spectator – Quality-Price Ratio

Wine of the Year 2023 – Wine Spectator – Quality-Price Ratio

Great wines don’t have to cost a fortune. Even in world-class wine-growing regions like Champagne, Chianti Classico, or the Sonoma Coast, there are excellent examples at affordable prices.   To help find high-quality wines at reasonable prices, the Wine Spectator editorial team selects wines that express the distinctive character of a specific region or category […]

Some Myths about Port Wine, to celebrate International Port Wine Day

Some Myths about Port Wine, to celebrate International Port Wine Day

One of the most cherished wines in the world holds several assumptions that are not entirely accurate. The first is that when talking about Port wine, our minds wander to the beautiful city of Porto, when in reality, Port wine is produced in the Douro wine region and stored in Vila Nova de Gaia, not […]

Laughing is good for your health (and they say a glass of wine is too)

Laughing is good for your health (and they say a glass of wine is too)

Laughing is good for your health, or at least, when we laugh, we feel better.   In the Ted Talk “Why We Laugh,” cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott shares surprising facts about laughter.   Did you know that we are 30 times more likely to laugh when we are with someone than when we are alone? […]

Two Portuguese Wines in the 2023 Wine Spectator World Top

Two Portuguese Wines in the 2023 Wine Spectator World Top

Every year, the editors of Wine Spectator review wines from the previous 12 months and publish the Top 100, based on quality, value, availability, and the excitement that different wines offer. In 2023, two Portuguese wines made it to this Top 100. They are the red wine Quinta de La Rosa Reserva 2019, a Douro wine, […]

E.T. – The Extraterrestrial,” by Steven Spielberg, at the Gulbenkian

E.T. – The Extraterrestrial,” by Steven Spielberg, at the Gulbenkian

E.T. – The Extraterrestrial” is the film-concert of the Gulbenkian 2024 season.   With the excellence that has become customary, the Gulbenkian orchestra performs live the film’s soundtrack, masterfully composed by John Williams, which has enchanted generations since 1982.   As stated on the Gulbenkian website, “the score enhances the images of one of the […]

WineStone acquires Quinta de Pancas

WineStone acquires Quinta de Pancas

The José de Mello group continues to expand in the wine sector by acquiring quality national brands with tradition and history from North to South. The WineStone holding, launched by the group in October 2023, enters 2024 with the acquisition of Quinta de Pancas, which joins its portfolio of flagship brands such as Ravasqueira in […]

Recipe for Mulled Wine

Recipe for Mulled Wine

Enjoy this Mulled Wine recipe to warm you up on the cooler days of Winter! Ingredients: ¾ of a cup of water ¾ of a cup of sugar 2 cinnamon sticks Juice of 1 large orange Whole cloves, as many as you like 750 ml of Red Wine   Instructions: In a pan, mix the […]

Sparkling bottles – pop’em up is right?

Sparkling bottles – pop’em up is right?

There is a special moment in every birthday parties: that’s when someone pops up the champagne. Usually there is a lot of singing, clapping, and laughing involved, and many believe the party isn’t quite the same if you don’t hear the cork popping with a bang while flying over your guests’ heads – eventually hitting […]

Sparkling Wine: Why is it Sparkling?

Sparkling Wine: Why is it Sparkling?

What’s a Sparkling Wine? Sparkling wine is one of the few types that can be drunk from the beggining to the end of a meal. We can start having it as an apetizer or having a desert with it. It is a wine made from a normal wine (white, red or rosé) and it has […]

Touriga Nacional and its secrets

Touriga Nacional and its secrets

Touriga Nacional: one of the more noble Portuguese grape varieties. This variety has, in fact, a relevant presence it basically all the Portuguese wine regions. Nonetheless, it is fair to highlight the Douro Valley and, obviously, the Dão Region – considered its birthplace and where, when well worked, is queen. At the Douro Valley, besides […]