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Dec. 30th, 2012

Wines of Portugal | A world of difference | Alvarinho

Wines of Portugal | A world of difference | Alvarinho

Nov. 3rd, 2012

5 Misconceptions of Vintage Port

5 Misconceptions of Vintage Port

Oct. 30th, 2012

Алгарве, тайна Португалии.

Откроем тайну - слово “Алгарве” происходит от арабского “Al Gharb”, что означает “запад”, но для тех, кто уже бывал здесь, оно также означает “море и солнце”. В регионе Алгарве почти 300 солнечных дней в году, и не только летом и весной, что вполне естественно, но и осенью и зимой!
Ласковое море всегда радо пловцам, любителям виндсерфинга, бодиборда, подводного плавания, рыбакам, яхтсменам, морякам и всем тем, кто предпочитает теплые
прозрачные воды.

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Почти 200 км побережья, более 100 пляжей, из которых 50 отмечены “Синим флагом”, невероятно разнообразный ландшафт... Обрывы, бесконечные песчаные пляжи, острова, заливы, лагуны - некоторые широко известны, другие мало изучены, и дорогу к ним знают не многие.

Вполне возможно, Вы уже слышали об Алгарве: кто-то из знакомых описал один из его чудесных пляжей, Вы видели репортаж о местной кухне или держали в руках брошюру похожую на эту... Но существует и другой Алгарве, который Вы не видели, не знали или еще не имели возможности изучить - такой Алгарве, каким его знают местные жители.
Алгарве издревле привлекал к себе иноземцев. Почти три тысячелетия назад финикийцы, карфагеняне, греки, римляне, готы, магрибцы и мавры пришли cюда.
Лишь в 1249 году король Санчо II отвоевал АлГарб (в переводе с арабского “запад”) у исламского мира и с тех пор носил титул короля Португалии и Алгарве.
С той поры гордость за родной край побуждает жителей Алгарве открывать путешественникам все лучшее и сокровенное, чем обладает их земля - любимые пляжи, небольшие затерянные деревеньки, природные тропы и шикарные рестораны.

Кроме синевы моря и неба в Алгарве бросается в глаза еще один цвет - зеленый!
Точнее, отличный зеленый цвет почти сорока гольфовых полей, расположенных по всему региону, который не случайно был назван

лучшим в мире для игры в гольф самыми престижными ассоциациями этого вида спорта и специализированными изданиями. Играть в гольф в Алгарве - это еще и получать наслаждение от шума моря, голосов птиц и шелеста ветра в листве деревьев, которые дарят столь желанную тень и защищают от солнца, что сияет здесь круглый год. Будь вы дебютантом, любителем или профессионалом, для всех в Алгарве найдется подходящее поле, игровые характеристики которого получили одобрение знаменитых спортсменов.

Принимайте вызов и выигрывайте!

 

 

Oct. 26th, 2012

Portugal. Lisbon. ALFAMA & GRAÇA. Beauty and history.

Medieval Maze, Views, Fado, Soul

by lisbonlux.com

This quaint medieval district (once the Moorish and Jewish quarter before it became a fishing community) is like a small village. It stands as a time capsule to the years before Lisbon was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, as it remained standing thanks to its rock-solid foundations.

Put away your map and wander aimlessly through its "becos" (alleys) and "largos" (small squares), allowing your senses to be the guides.

You'll see laundry out to dry from balconies and magnificent views of the river, smell fish being grilled in a corner, hear the sounds of
Fado coming out of a restaurant, taste some authentic traditional meals, and touch some dazzling tilework. Set in a visually stunning hill, this is Lisbon at its most picturesque and the very soul of the city.

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Life here continues much as it has for centuries, but walk down towards the river and you're once again in modern times: old warehouses have been renovated and turned into some of the city's coolest hotspots, from
DeliDelux for brunch to Bica do Sapato for dinner, and Lux for drinks and dancing until sunrise!

Oct. 24th, 2012

wine tasting, gourmet travel

Wines of Portugal. A world of difference.

Best. Best buy. Wine. Portugal.

Discover! Taste! Enjoy!  


Wines of Portugal | A world of difference | News article | Portugal is the best buy of 2012

Oct. 20th, 2012

Lisbon, travel, Portugal, sunset

Portugal inspires

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PORTUGUESE WINES to the INTERNATIONAL PODIUM!

by winepassionmagazine 

Five prestigious international contests-Decanter Wine Awards, the International Wine Challenge, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Mundus Vinyls and China Wine & Spirits Awards 2012-awarded the Portuguese wines to the year 2012 is proving to be very positive for the Portuguese wines and the medals obtained in international competitions have assigned them prestige and notoriety anchor markets worldwide. Portugal was awarded a total of 1371: 297 medals at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 484 in the International Wine Challenge, 291 in the Decanter Wine Awards, 159 in Mundus Vinyls and 140 in China Wine & Spirits Awards 2012. 

The quality of Portuguese wine is to conquer the criticism and was recognized in international contests, with a high success rate, because about 80% of national wines entered were awarded. 

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Jorge Monteiro, President of ViniPortugal, States that "the numerous awards and recognitions obtained at international level are the result of a permanent struggle of Portuguese companies, seeking to affirm the different nature of Portuguese wine, but always ensuring high standards of quality. Being different, the wines of Portugal looking to go against the likes of the market. ""It is prestigious to note that very strategy based on grapevines, presents results and gain critical and hence the awards in international competitions "reinforces Jorge Monteiro, who maintains that" Portugal being the 12th largest wine producer in the world, asserts itself as 10th in the ranking of the international trade in wine. Already we export 42% of what we produce but we want to export more, so there is still a lot of work to be done at the level of international promotion of brand Wines of Portugal ".

Obtained medals and distinctions awarded: at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Portuguese wines were awarded with medals and 297 Portugal secured a priority, placing it ahead of major wine producing countries such as Italy, Chile and Australia. Was still delivered to Portugal the best red wine in competition, which highlighted Poliphonia Signature 2008, wine Alentejo Grenadier's wines. 
During three days, 320 tasters of wine and spirits, representing 40 nationalities, tasted and evaluated 8397 wines and spirits of 52 producing countries. Sommeliers, importers, journalists and wine critics rated a variety of samples to contest.

Portuguese wines deserved also prominence at this year's International Wine Challenge, with 49 gold medals and a total of 484 medals. Portugal secured the recognition of the third place in this distinct proof of wine worldwide ahead of countries with credit in international markets such as Spain, Chile and Italy. 

At the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012, Portugal won 6% of the gold medals and a total of 291 medals-5 gold, 80 silver, bronze-206, with special focus to the port and Madeira wines, the top medal-producing sports. Portugal was still honored with the award of "man of the year 2012" Paul Symington, by Decanter. A prestigious distinction for the first time assigned to a personality. 
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Symington Family Estates, to receive this prize claimed to be "an honor for port wine, for the Douro and to my family" and Sarah Kemp, Director of Decanter Symington considered "the best Ambassador of port wine.

A real evangelist for the region that has relevance to the port and made accessible to consumers from Milwaukee to Mayfair "Casa Ferreirinha was also distinguished internationally with the award for" producer of the year 2012, a prestigious American Prize Wine Spirits Magazine &, legitimized by the consistent and high ratings of its wines in the tasting tables of the publication. Joshua Greene, editor of the magazine ranked the Home Ferreirinha as "the great Ambassador of Douro Valley" and Louis Sottomayor, Winemaker of Sogrape, argued that "it is always refreshing and encouraging to see our work distinguished among the best, especially in this case that we are not speaking of an insulated wine, but of a consistent quality throughout the range". 

The Portuguese wine was still recognized with 159 medals in the international wine contest Mundus Vini 2012, adding a large gold medal, 57 of gold and silver 101 on this initiative organized by the 12th time by the German Publisher specialized in wines and alcoholic drinks "Meininger Verlag GmbH". In this competition the national wines contest vied with 6019 44 countries and wines were appreciated by the jury, composed of 300 experts from 46 countries, which ranked all wines according to the regulation of the "Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV)". 

The Portuguese group "Enoport United Wines" was declared the best European producer of 2012 and it was evidenced in this competition to be awarded 5 gold medals, 10 silver medals.

Portugal secured a good participation in the competition China Wine & Spirits Awards 2012, ranking as the second best country won medals in the third edition of this competition. With 140 medals awarded, Portuguese wines were only bettered by Australian wines, having still been recognized with 7 Double Gold Medals, a selection is made from the gold medals and that distinguishes the best among the best

Oct. 19th, 2012

Portugal is a wonderful destination for birdwatching!

by portugaldreamcoast.com

Portugal has been a wonderful destination for birdwatching and one of the country’s best birdwatching areas is Sado estuary in Setubal. If you are a birdwatching fan and you haven’t visited this place before, then the range of species here might well surprise you.

The Sado estuary is a Ramsar site of international importance. Here you can watch around 70.000 birds of more than 250 different species, all year round. The estuary incorporates a number of different habitats, ranging from inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, rice fields, reed beds and river beaches, to sand-dunes, small dams and slopes covered in cork and pine.

Some of the areas of major interest include: Gâmbia, Zambujal, Pinheiro, Monte Novo de Palma, Batalha, Cachopos, Carrasqueira and Comporta.

This sparsely populated region is a vital stronghold for Great and Little Bustards – and excellent for birds of prey, too. Resident Eurasian Black Vultures and Eurasian Griffons share the skies with Spanish Imperial, Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles, and by late February, the first Lesser Kestrels should be returning from their winter quarters in Africa.

Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Purple Swamphen and Eurasian Penduline, all are to be looked for. More birds like Black Stork, Calandra and Thekla Larks, Eurasian Crag Martin, Blue Rock-thrush, Spanish Sparrow and Rock Bunting are among other exciting species to watch for as you can listen for the tell-tale chuckling of Black-bellied Sandgrouse flying over the steppe.

Each year this region is attracting more and more people from across the world interested in birdwatching and if you come to Setúbal you have a bonus, because you might as well observe the small and unique population of Bottle-nosed Dolphins, resident in the estuary.

We invite you to spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills and Troia. We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit Portugal. Just take your flight to Faro airport or Lisbon Airport, reserve accommodations, hotel, choose a restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.



Not only ancient monuments and gothic churches are this very special what Portugal is famous for

by DEZEEN

Stripy glass screens obscure views between rooms at this dental clinic in Torres Vedras, Portugal, by MMVArquitecto (+ slideshow).
Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto

Patterned with vertical stripes of green and black, the semi-transparent walls surround the reception and waiting area of the clinic and are made from recycled glass panels of different thicknesses.
Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto

“The inspiration came from a block of ice,” architect Miguel Marques Venâncio told Dezeen, and explained how he wanted to “potentiate the reflections and the vibrations of the light, creating a perception of space that is constantly mutating.”
Narrow recesses fold around the walls and ceilings, and are illuminated from behind to provide channels of light.
Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto

Apart from the colourful screens, the clinic has an all-white interior that is only interrupted by a handful of red and blue chairs within the three surgery rooms.
Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto
Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto

The challenge is based on the re-interpretation of a Dental Clinic, in the search of a new clarity and spatial character.
The site is located on a first floor of a common building in the centre of Torres Vedras. The space requires a new image to provoke new atmospheres, new sensations.

Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto
An experimentation where the selection of materials is sustained by the nobleness of the materials. That experimentation is essentially realised with the immaterial architectural element, which is space.
The search of a timeless space, with a plentitude of senses, where light is filtered in different ways, gives poetry to spaces, dignifying them.

Location: Torres Vedras, Portugal
Client: R. Leal
Architect: Migues Marques Venâncio
Collaborators: B. Pedrosa (project, digital images), V. Vázquez (project), M. Álvarez (project), T. Palos (models, drawings)
Construction supervision: MMVArquitecto
Construction company: António Manuel Nogueira Cesário

Oct. 18th, 2012

Douro wines, Portugal. My favourite since very first sip.

by www.cellartours.com


Port was a historical accident. We all know how English merchants, at the end of the 17th century, ventured deep into the Douro Valley to find wine to send to Britain; how the wine was dark, strong and ropey; and how they learned to add brandy to preserve the fruit in the wine and make it stable enough to survive the sea journey north.
The process, however, wasn't created in a day. Even at the beginning of the 19th century port shippers had yet to learn the precise moment when to add the brandy and it was another generation before port shippers tamed the wild wine, adding fermenting must to about a quarter of the quantity of spirit to stop the fermentation and preserve the sugars in the port. In the meantime occasional pleas were entered for the continued production of Douro table wines. In his History and Description of Modern Wines of 1833, Cyrus Redding asked why 'Englishmen should not have the benefit of the best wines of the Cima do Douro in a pure state, without adventitious mixtures?'. 
Portuguese critics were more ferocious: the novelist Camillo Castelo Branco referred to 
port as a 'killer wine', and the result of 'English bestiality'.

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Fortified wine won the day, however, due to the superior quality of those great 19th-century vintages. In the previous century it had been little more than a coarse, alcoholic tipple for rustic whigs who believed that, by drinking Portuguese wines, they were depriving the hated French of their livelihood - akin to drinking Australian wine today, perhaps. The European Union is the godfather of properly made Douro table wine. Portugal's admission to the Club in 1986 provided the incentive to limit port production and foster the making of natural wines, but there had been a revival of interest in table wines in the post-war years and those early pioneers created the models for the Douro table wines of our own time. 
The greatest 'prehistoric' example is, of course, Barca Velha, created in 1952. The wine was the invention of Fernando Nicolau de Almeida, whose job was to make port for Ferreira. Stationed at the Quinta do Vale de Meão he allegedly grew tired of the drinks on offer. 
After visiting Bordeaux he returned with a bee in his bonnet about making a claret-style wine in the Douro Valley. He achieved this by sagely blending wine from the high country with that from the valley floor, and keeping it cool by using huge blocks of ice. For the first time in hundreds of years, a non-fortified Douro wine had been made which would justify the high price demanded for it.
Fernando's son João was the next pioneer. Through his study of the best grape varieties for the valley and the reforms he instigated in the nature of terracing, Duas Quintas was born, a wine which, in its Reserva version, would prove a rival to his father's creation. There were other forerunners besides: Grande Escolha (or 'Grand Selection') from Quinta do Côtto is a near contemporary of Duas Quintas, and in its rather more hot-country, leathery style, it remains one of the Douro's best reds. At Quinta de la Rosa the Bergquists started making table wine in the 1980s. 
Their guru was the Australian, David Baverstock, who designed another great Douro red, the reserve wine from Quinta do Crasto.
From his base in the Alentejo, Baverstock is utterly convinced of the potential for great unfortified wine in the Douro Valley: 'It can rate as the best wine in the world - certainly the best in Portugal.'

But before that can be brought about, a great Douro wine needs the right varieties, altitude, low yields and good vineyards; and the chief impediment to progress is port: if there were no port, there would be a great many more quality grapes to play with. Baverstock is not alone in his view. Frenchman Pascal Châtonnet makes the wines at Quinta do Portal (once Quinta do Confradeiro). 'Like Dirk van der Niepoort, Châtonnet maintains that you can't use the same grapes for the two wines and so no one has yet been able to measure precisely how good Douro table wines could be: 'Port wine vineyards are made up of many different grape varieties, unmixed plots are rare.'
Another problem is the beneficios system, which limits port production to three tons per hectare, setting aside any extra yield for table wines. Not only does this reinforce the view that table wine comes second and should use up leftovers, it also prevents producers from looking at the land seriously to decide which plots would best suit table wines and which would be better limited to port production. Niepoort, for one, is adamant about this. For him there are only a handful of people who examine the various terroirs of the Douro to work out what sort of wines they should be making: he names Bruce Guimaraens, until 1994 winemaker at Taylor-Fonseca, and Johnny Graham of Churchill. It is significant that Niepoort, Graham and Guimaraens all represent firms where the chief vocation has been to make port. Table wine is, after all, in its infancy. 
Almost all port companies make table wines now, but there is still resistance to the idea of using the best grapes on the part of the old port firms and Taylor's, for example, still won't countenance the idea of making non-fortified wine at all, even if Fonseca makes a little white, sold only in Portugal.
Very exciting has been the recent appearance of Chryseia - Symingtons' collaboration with Bruno Prats of Bordeaux. This is a serious wine which tilts at the very top of the market. It doesn't wish to be sweet and porty and shuns the leathery aromas that predominate elsewhere. It leans towards a Bordelais notion of elegance, but is richer and fuller than any of Châtonnet's wines. 
There are plenty of Douro wines to choose from now and some are very exciting indeed. A serious list would have to take in not only the examples named above, but also Niepoort's Charme and Battuta, Quanta da Pacheca, Quinta do Vale de Meão, Barca Velha's present base, Evel Grande Escolha, Vinha do Fôjo, Quinta da Covelos and the new reserve wine from Quinta do Vallado.

Discover. See. Taste! 

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