Portuguese Wine


Casaboa Reserva (Episode 201 – Part 2)

In this episode, we taste a wonderful wine kindly dispatched to us by Lusus wines.

( Our interview with them can be seen by following the following link https://youtu.be/hdaM0Pce95o )

Lusus wines only import and sell great Portuguese wines and this is certainly one of them!

This wine comes from the Quinta Da Casaboa vineyard and our interview with their lovely General Manager can be seen at https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw

This particular wine is produced in homage to Joanna’s Grandfather, and only the best grapes are used to produce this wine.

If due to a particular year’s weather the grapes don’t meet exacting standards the vineyard does not produce a “Reserva” that year.

A great aroma of cherries and blackcurrants, with John M getting notes of marzipan while John L was getting notes of vanilla.

The taste was beautiful and did not disappoint with blackcurrant and black cherry tastes to the fore with a great mouthfeel.

The wine has a very velvety or creamy feel.

We could both detect a hint of oak flavour.

John M describes drinking this wine as not just tasting but an experience.

At the time of writing this wine has proved so popular that Lusus had already run out of stock so we are unable to give you a link to the page devoted just to this wine, but the good news is more is on the way and this page should lead you to the details once the wine has arrived from Sunny Portugal!

https://www.lususwines.co.uk/quinta-da-casaboa

 

 

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Herdade Dos Grous – Wine from Portugals Alentejano Region (Episode 213)

In this episode, we taste yet another fantastic Portuguese red wine, I don’t think we have found a bad wine from Portugual in all the wines Portuguese wines we have reviewed so far.

This wine is so well balanced it is really difficult to distinguish one particular fruit or dominate the flavour.

 

Here is a exert from the vineyard’s website explaining the grape and process the wine undergoes –

 

Herdade dos Grous Tinto

 

Grape varieties

Alicante Bouschet (30%)

Syrah (15,5%)

Touriga Nacional (20%)

Aragonez (35%)

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes are de-stemmed and then cooled down through thermal shock to 10°C.

After two days of cold maceration the wine ferments in small steel tanks.

The maturing takes place in new barrique barrels made from French oak.

Serving We recommend serving this wine with roast beef, chicken curry or spaghetti bolognese.

Ideal serving temperature is 14 to 16°C.

 

Barrique Barrels in case you are wondering is the name given to a particular shape and capacity of barrel.

A Barrique Barrell has a 225 litre or 59-gallon capacity.

The size, as in many things, is important as the smaller the barrel the more contact the wine has with the wood or oak.

A barrique barrel being much smaller than a hogshead barrel for instance that has a capacity of 300 litres or 79 gallons.

 

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Lusus (Portuguese) Wines Interview (Episode 201)

We have the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis and Claire a husband and wife team who have just set up their new venture Lusus Wines.

Luses Wines only sells Portuguese Wine from vineyards hand-picked (s to speak) by Alexis and Claire.

Many of the wines they offer are from small artisan vineyards where an inordinate amount of care and pride goes into producing some of the best wine to come out of Portugal.

 

Included in the Lusus catalogue is wine from Quinta da Casaboa who we interviewed in Episode 174 (https://youtu.be/vjcyLunyDws) and 196 (https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw)

We discuss what prompted Alexis and Claire to start this new venture, how they selected the wines they are now selling as well as many other subjects.

 

Find out more about the wines Lusus offer at their website https://www.lususwines.co.uk/

 

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House of Wines – Portugal (Episode 196 Part 4)

In this part of this episode, we talk to Filipa and José from House of Wines –
Portugal.

We have a fascinating discussion about their wine and Portuguese wine in general.

If you are ever in Portugal – well worth trying to find out this wine!

 

 

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Ervideira Vineyard – Interview (Episode 196 Part 3)

In this part of the episode, we visit the Ervideira vineyard and talk to one of the owners who is the vineyard’s winemaker.

He begins by explaining the history of his family’s vineyard – he is one of the fourth generation now running the vineyard.

They have a fantastic range of 25 wines which are all top-flight – they focus on quality rather than volume.

They also have quirky wines such as the 30,000 bottles wines that are stored underwater at a depth of around 30m in Portugal’s and Europes largest lake which, when you compare to exactly the same wine stored above water, taste significantly different.

 

 

 

 

 

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Casa da Carvalha VineYard (Episode 196 Part 2)

In this episode, I get the honour of interviewing Pedro Santos from the Casa de Carvalha vineyard in the Portuguese wine region of Doa.

The interview takes place in the Order dos Engenheiros, roughly translated into the Chartered Institute of Engineering’s restaurant where we get to taste Pedro’s family’s wine as well enjoying a fantastic lunch.

Pedro talks about his own comparatively small vineyard (3 Hectacres) as well the Portuguese wine industry, in general, both past and present.

It is a fascination conversation where Pedro really gives us an insight into the Portuguese wine market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quinta Da Casaboa – Vineyard Visit (Episode 196 – Part 1)

In this episode, we have the great pleasure to visit the Quinta da Casaboa and speak to their General Manager and family owner of this wonderful vineyard – Joana Paes

Joana explains the history of the vineyard which was started by her Grandad back in the 1950s.

Joana explains how she changed the philosophy of the vineyard to meet the new demands of the consumer.

She goes on to explain how they decided what wines to produce.

A fascinating conversation with a fascinating lady!

 

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Quinta da Casaboa Winery – Portugal (Episode 174)

Another episode from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we have the great pleasure to talk to Joana Paes the General Manager at Quinta da Casaboa Winery about her family’s wine produced just a way outside of Portugal’s capital Lisbon.

Joana is the General manager of her Family’s winery, having grown up in the winery is part of life. The vineyard is 50km outside of Lisbon and very near the sea which has a fantastic effect on the taste of the grapes.

Joana goes on to explain the grapes they grow in their vineyard and the types of wine that they produce.

To find out more about the wine please take a look at Joana’s company’s web site: –
www.quintacasaboa.com

Apologies for the photographs of the wine not appearing on the video, photographs will, however, be available shortly.

 

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Lobo e Falcao White Wine from Portugal (Episode 109 Part 3)

In the final part of this episode, we taste a great white from just to the North of Lisbon in Portugal.

You may recall we reviewed a great Red wine from Portugal recently following the press claiming that Portugal is the place where it is all happening as far as new exciting wines hitting the marketplace is concerned. Click here to see this review  https://youtu.be/D0JLv9N3bcA.

This white wine is from the same winery and does not disappoint. John describes it as lush!

 

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Introduction to yet more unusual wines (Episode 109 Introduction)

We introduce some more unusual wines either because of the unusual grapes they are made of, or, the country they are from.

 

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