Vinhos de Lisboa – Venha descobrir mais do que uma cidade

Vinhos de Lisboa – Venha descobrir mais do que uma cidade

Por Nuno de Oliveira Garcia Portugal é mundialmente conhecido pelo seu Vinho do Porto, vinho que, como alguns poderão saber, não resulta de uvas proveniente da cidade do Porto, mas sim da região do Douro que começa a 100 kms a Este da cidade e se estende até Espanha. O nome Vinho do Porto resulta do facto de ser a partir da cidade do Porto (a segunda cidade de Portugal, depois de Lisboa) que o vinho era exportado em navios, sobretudo para Inglaterra. Mas se o Vinho do Porto é o ex-libris dos…Read more
Douro, Bairrada and Dão 2016 by Dirk Van Der Niepoort

Douro, Bairrada and Dão 2016 by Dirk Van Der Niepoort

Quinta de Nápoles - Batuta and Coche 2016 was an extremely unusual vintage in the Douro Valley. We experienced a harsh winter with plenty of rainfall, which raised the moisture content of the soils to levels far above average. In addition, spring brought constantly low temperatures and therefore unfavourable conditions for pollination and flowering, affecting grape development and yields. During the months of July and August, high average temperatures were recorded, whereas in September the average did not exceed 21.7 degrees Celsius. Harvest began on 18 August and ended on 28 September. Due…Read more
Château Rocheyron 2016

Château Rocheyron 2016

"The 2016 vintage at Château Rocheyron was without a doubt one of the most iconic in the history of the château. We launched in 2010 with one clear idea: using biodynamics to produce a wine like the great wines of the 1940's and 1950's. This idea guided us as we renovated the winery facilities and applied the precepts of Rudolf Steiner to the vineyard. The results have proven spectacular, allowing each of the estate's different terroirs to be very precisely expressed. Everything was in place, and we expected nothing short of an excellent…Read more
Le Pin 2016

Le Pin 2016

The Janus effect of the 2016 vintage will remain in our memories for a long time. A winter where the temperatures remained cold and the rain never stopped; followed by a summer where it was hot, sunny and dry from July until November. The same amount of rain fell during the first six months of 2016 (500 mm) as for the entire year of 2015. By contrast, not one drop of rain fell from the middle of the June until the 14th of August; two months of drought which challenged the vines that…Read more
2016 – The Best of All

2016 – The Best of All

We will not curb our enthusiasm – we have a very good vintage on our hands. A miracle according to some, when you bear in mind the adverse conditions at the beginning of the year. However the result is unquestionably there – in the vats, the juice is of an exceptional quality because the grapes ripened perfectly. A special alchemy of incredible levels of sunshine and rain arriving just when required. In the living memories of the winemakers, we have never seen such a level of success and consistency across the region, with the slight exception…Read more
Wine marketing: listening to the consumer

Wine marketing: listening to the consumer

By Juan Park I must confess that I know of hardly anyone who voted for Brexit or Donald Trump. I live in London; I have dual British-American citizenship, but there were no signs. No conversations within my circle of friends, with my work colleagues, or on Facebook or Twitter gave an inkling as to what was to occur in 2016. I woke up a little shocked, as many did. Despite the polls indicating it was neck and neck, particularly in Britain, the fact that no one thought that result was possible is interesting.…Read more
Winemaking in the Danube area in the early 19th century  and its effects on today

Winemaking in the Danube area in the early 19th century and its effects on today

By Michael Moosbrugger Summary: This essay is a reflection of the experiences made in the past 15 years since 2001, when the winery started to produce wines related to the first half of the 19th century. A comparison is made between modern and traditional way of winemaking as well in terms of oenological differences and results. Different aspects in that respect are addressed regarding perception and the role of the winemaker hence and now. The content of this essay is a reflection of the experiences I made in the past 15 years since…Read more
The Fascinating World of Green Tea

The Fascinating World of Green Tea

By Nina Gruntkowski Although there are just two varieties of tea plants (Camellia sinensis from China and Camellia assamica from India), there is many many different terroirs in many different countries which produce thousands of different styles of tea. What makes it even more complicated, or, depending on ones viewpoint, even more interesting, is that the preparation method has a very big influence on the taste of the tea. Factors such as which water is used, the temperature of the water, how much tea is used, which teapot the tea is prepare in, which…Read more
The Opinion by Iñaki Lz. De Viñaspre

The Opinion by Iñaki Lz. De Viñaspre

The Txuletón in Basque Cuisine. The story of an old, fat cow The origins We don’t know exactly since when Txuletones have been eaten in the Basque Country, we do however know that since the XVIII century it has been a whole gastronomic and festive event in certain rural areas of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. Bovine animals, both female and male, had a very clear role in the economy of the homestead: females would dedicate their lives to give birth and most of them to produce milk. This would be done in micro-exploitations, meaning…Read more
Spanish Wines in the United States

Spanish Wines in the United States

A conversation with Eric Solomon, founder or European Cellars -What is the current state of Spanish wines in the United States? Curious but cautious. -Curious? How? More and more Americans are traveling to Spain and there is an increasing interest in Spanish cuisine and regional wines. When I meet people who have returned from Spain, they tell me that they had no idea that it was such a large country – it’s more like four countries when you travel from Galicia to Barcelona with different languages, foods, traditions and wines. It seems that…Read more