GREAT PORTUGUESE WINES
Find a selection of the most interesting PORTOVINTAGE.COM articles evoking Port, its history and its tasting.
WHY BUY A PORTUGUESE WINE?
When you buy a Portuguese wine you get access to these unique flavors that these “indigenous” grape varieties give. There are of course single-varietal wines (from a single grape variety), but most Portuguese wines are made from several grape varieties, which gives each wine a very characteristic organoleptic profile (from identification to tasting).
THE DIFFERENT PORT WINES
OXIDATIVE PORTS Oxidative type Ports are wines matured until maturing in contact with air and wood. They are assembled according to traditional know-how and a style specific to each producer. REDUCTIVE PORTS ...
What is the percentage of alcohol in Port wine?
The alcohol level in Porto is much higher than in classic wines , but do you know what level is found by type of port? And the reason for this high percentage of alcohol? The answer in this very comprehensive article.
HOW IS PORT WINE SERVED?
"God created man and water, man created wine and man from Douro created port," wrote Alfredo Saramago. I have been a wine man for over 35 years and Portuguese by birth, this has given me many recurring questions. One of them is how to serve the port. Whenever I am asked this question, I smile, I breathe deeply and I try to approach this subject with the seriousness that it deserves. Here's why.
HOW IS RUBY RED PORT WINE SERVED?
AT WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD A RUBY RED PORT BE SERVED? Served chilled to 13 or 14 degrees, the Ruby (Red) Port is perfect as an aperitif or with a meat dish, a blue cheese or a dessert. Ruby (Red) Port is reductively aged in stainless steel vats for 4 to 6 years, to protect it from oxidation and to better preserve its original aromas.
PORT VINTAGE WINES
To know everything about Vintage Port Wines: What differentiates them from other Port wines, why are they sought after, where does their origin come from? How to find the best...
THE MARQUIS DE POMBAL, FATHER OF THE PORT APPELLATION
Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Count of Oeiras and Marquis de Pombal (1699-1782) is one of the most important politicians in the history of Portugal. PORTO HAS THE OLDEST APPELLATION OF ORIGIN CONTROLLED IN THE WORLD! CREATED IN 1756 BY THE MARQUIS DE POMBAL! The Marquis de Pombal is at the origin of the regulation of the production of the wines of Douro, region of production of the Port, he is also the father of the oldest appellation of controlled origin in the world, its creation dating from 1756.
HISTORY OF PORT WINE
Approaching the theme of Port wines is a bit like going back in time. It is also to speak of the sacrifice of these thousands of lives, of entire generations who, one after the other, have devoted themselves exclusively to the construction of the grandiose open-air monument that is the Douro. Besides generations of winemakers, the Douro has also used generations of agricultural workers for centuries.
WHAT PORT WINE OWES TO ENGLAND AND THE WAR AGAINST THE FRENCH?
THE DIFFERENT PORT WINES HAVE MANY ENGLISH NAMES: TAWNY, VINTAGE ... The English have been and are still important players in the globalization of Port, to the point that this wine has a "British" connotation.
THE DOURO SHALE SOIL: THE SECRET OF PORT WINE
When trying to explain the reasons for the success of Port wines, several ideas come to mind. There is of course the antiquity of the Designation of Origin, the first in the world, created by the Marquis de Pombal in 1756.
MAJOR DATES IN THE HISTORY OF PORT WINES
Port wines are not produced in Porto (which historically was the port of shipment of wines where merchants, particularly English, had their warehouses and where the Douro river meets the sea) but 100 kilometers further upstream of river, in the Haut-Douro region.
DELIVERY OF PORT WINES AND PORTUGUESE WINES
Even today it is not easy to buy and have good Port delivered. The remoteness of the land, and the problems posed by selection, transport and delivery are cumulative. Find out how PORTOVINTAGE.COM offers you an ideal and practical solution to receive a delivery of quality Port wines to your home.