Monday, November 19, 2012

Monsaraz, “The Caste of the King” – A sure great meal pair

I had some friends home, I wanted to cook something fast but nice at the same time. So, fettuccine with smoked ham, lemon and fresh mushrooms it is.

The recipe is very simple and the result is great:

Fettuccine with Smoked Ham and Mushrooms

To drink, few bottles of Monsaraz, one of the most popular red wines in Portugal. A ruby-red color, a complex ripe fruit aroma and smooth tannins are a perfect match

Monsaraz - Red Wine
Alentejo Doc

Monsaraz is one of the best sellers of CARMIM, one of the largest from Alentejo. Personally, is one of my favorite options for only 3€.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New iPhone App - Wines From Alentejo

Since this last August, we can find all the producers, wines and restaurants of Alentejo in the same app for iPhone.

The app has a very good presentation and an easy navigation.


Among others, you can find:
  • Producers
  • Wines
  • Videos
  • Restaurants
  • Wine tasting

Soon, it will also be available for iPad and Android. And new functionalities like GPS for the wine route and restaurants in the region.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Also known as "tinta amarela" (yellow paint), this is a noble Portuguese grape.

Trincadeira - "Tinta Amarela"

Wines from this variety are complex but soft, very high quality and usually have an intense garnet color. The aromas are predominantly peppers and spices, with progress, they develop into notes of jam.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is considered to the noblest Portuguese wine grape. The wines that is produces is characterized by its recognized and undeniable quality, strong personality and unmistakable notes.
Harmonious and balance, full of color and with floral notes are some of the characteristics of this Portuguese native grape.

It plays a big part in the blends used for ports and it is also increasingly being used for Douro, Dão and Alentejo's wines.

Touriga Nacional

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Meeting with "Wine and Flavours" 2011

It´s on!

This great event starts this friday (28 of October) and lasts until next monday (31 of October).
It's all about the small (great) pleasures of life: Wine, sausages, cheese and sweets.

For the 12th consecutive year, Revista de Vinhos organizes this fair in Lisbon. It counts with more than 350 Portuguese producers.

Can't wait!
I hope i'll be able to share the best "flavours" with everyone!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cabeça de Toiro Reserva 2008

After an image rebranding in 2008, the brand "Cabeça de Toiro" ("Bull´s Head" in Portuguese, this great wine has also a "tasty"  look.

Cabeça de Toiro Reserva 2008

Producer - Caves Velhas

Region - Tejo

Country - Portugal

Year - 2008

Varietals -Touriga Nacional (50%), Castelão (50%)

Color - Intense Rubi

Vol - 13,5%

Price Range: 4-6€ / 8-10$

This intense red wine has a fruity flavor, nice volume in the moth, well structured and very smooth.
Ripe berries aromas,, floral nuances and chocolate.
Perfect wine made for the today's exigent market. Excellent choice!

Those varietals are very typical from this region, along with: Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Aragonez, Merlot, Alicante Bouchet and Syrah.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Esteva Douro 2007 - Casa Ferreirinha


Producer - Casa Ferreirinha

Region - Douro

Country - Portugal

Year - 2007

Varietals - Tinta Roriz; Touriga Franca; Tinta Barroca

Vol - 13,5%

Price Range: 4-6€ / 8-10$

This wine is not a surprising wine. It’s a daily simple wine with very good quality.

Made with traditional Douro varietals, the equilibrium is conferred by the presence of Tinta Barroca, the body of Touriga Franca and tannins of Tinta Roriz make this wine a good choice to pair with white meat and some salads.
It has a red fruits aroma very smooth and a ruby intense red color.