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?

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)

A Wine & Soul renovation at Quinta da Manoella

Off to an exciting start of the year with a wine trip to the Douro Valley. During 3 days I’ve visited a few wineries, met and discussed with producers and  barrel-tasted some 2015s and 2016s wines. Definitely a promising year ahead with some very good releases in the horizon. ‪Wine & Soul's Douro winemaking couple Sandra Tavares da Silva & Jorge Serôdio Borges (of Pintas fame) are painstakingly restoring … Continue reading A Wine & Soul renovation at Quinta da Manoella

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

The Best Portuguese Wines of 2012 by Revista dos Vinhos

In an event that is known as the Oscars of Wine in Portugal, Revista dos Vinhos (one of Portugal's most read wine magazines) has announced their 2012 List of Best Portuguese Wines. This is a solid list of great Portuguese wines including some out-of-this-world bottles (like the Barca Velha 2004). The 30 wines on the list … Continue reading The Best Portuguese Wines of 2012 by Revista dos Vinhos