Reserva Especial 2009: Could it have been a Barca Velha?

There’s a new Reserva Especial. 2009 has been officially declared a Reserva Especial year. Only the 17th edition of Reserva Especial since its was first released in 1960, Reserva Especial is an iconic Douro red wine. Only released by Casa Ferreirinha in years where, after ageing, bottling and regular tasting and consideration, it is finally not deemed … Continue reading Reserva Especial 2009: Could it have been a Barca Velha?

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018

The Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018 is out! After many visits and countless tastings I’ve selected only 150 Portuguese full entries but managed to mention many more. It includes recommendations of “best vintages” (for Barca Velha, for example) and “good values” (for many top reds, whites and Ports). Only a dozen of Top Winery … Continue reading Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018

MUST Wine Summit 2017 (Cascais, Portugal, June 7-9)

The first ever global Wine Summit is happening next June in Portugal. For 3 consecutive days the new international wine conference will bring together a remarkable list of world-renowned speakers and participants to the beautiful seaside village of Cascais, 30 kilometres away from Lisbon. MUST is a one-of-a-kind meeting point. Wine industry leaders will get together to debate the wine sector, its ideas, … Continue reading MUST Wine Summit 2017 (Cascais, Portugal, June 7-9)

The 10 Favourite Restaurants and Chefs in Portugal in 2016 (by Mesa Marcada)

The results are out. The the 8th edition of the competition, organized by gastronomy blog Mesa Marcada (with a record-breaking jury of 147 gastronomy-related people), has awarded The 10 Favourite Restaurants and 10 Favourite Chefs in Portugal in 2016. Favourite Chef and Favourite Restaurant in 2016 Chef João Rodrigues and Feitoria Restaurant (run by the same chef) were … Continue reading The 10 Favourite Restaurants and Chefs in Portugal in 2016 (by Mesa Marcada)

An Amazing Night with Portuguese Michelin Star Chefs

A dinner with a Michelin starred Chef is (normally) something of an experience. When you put 12 of them together and add some great wines you prepare yourself for one of the meals of your life. That's what happened last night and it blew me away. The mood was set early. The 2nd day dinner of … Continue reading An Amazing Night with Portuguese Michelin Star Chefs

Top 10 Portuguese Wines by Essência do Vinho

Photo by Ilkka Sirén The 10th edition of Essência do Vinho, Portugal's biggest wine event (though not the best :)), is happening this weekend in the beautiful city of Porto. This year's program is filled with exciting tastings and special events. In what has become one of the most awaited wine ceremonies in Portugal, Essência do Vinho has … Continue reading Top 10 Portuguese Wines by Essência do Vinho