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Wine of Portugal

Updated on January 10, 2018
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Kenna loves to travel and share cool places to visit so others can have a wonderful, if not better, time than she did.

Ramos Pinto -- Porto Dry White - Port Lover's Favorite

If you prefer a port with a good body that isn't too heavy, Ramos Pinto's dry white is a good choice. Pale straw in color, it marries well with canapés and is best served at 46 to 48 degrees.

The intense nose has been described as nutty or reminiscent of a delicate fruit with images of honey and dried fig.

THE WINERY: 1990, Champagne Louis Roederer became the major shareholder. The grape varieties used include Roriz, Tinto Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tinto Cao.

Ramos Pinto -- Porto 10 Anos

As a 10-year-old wood-aged port, it is light and stylish with rich tawny. Amber-orange in color, it mingles easily with a cheese platter.

A highly pleasurable nose with spicy scents of nutmeg and cinnamon plays rhythmically against the fragrant fig and a striking walnut. The alcohol warms the palate and is instantaneously sweep over by crème caramel, nutty flavors with a hint of citrus.

THE WINERY: Adriano and Antonio Ramos Pinto founded the winery in Douro, Portugal, in 1880. Since 1990, Champagne Louis Roederer became the major shareholder. The grape varieties used include Roriz, Tinto Barocca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesca and Tinto Cao.

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Ramos Pinto -- Porto White

A unique white port adds a splash of younger and happier flavors delighting the palate. Citrine and golden colors, it can be enjoyed by itself or as a long drink mixed with ice, tonic and a slice of lime.

The nose senses freshness with sensuality of ripe dry fruits offering a mineral taste, finesse and elegance. The palate will notice a slight acidity with a pleasurable sweetness coming from behind.

THE WINERY: Adriano and Antonio Ramos Pinto founded the winery in Douro, Portugal, in 1880.

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Quinta Do Vale Meao -- Vintage Port 2007

A vintage port with a good depth of red color produces character and strength. Ripe round tannins give the port backbone with its pleasant acidity, taunts you to finish it in one sitting.

The nose and palate are pleased with Quinta’s floral and exotic orange peel character and boysenberry, sharing fresh and spicy cinnamon and mocha, with distinct tobacco leaf aromas.

THE WINERY: In 1877, Dona Antónia Adelaide built a Quinta and vineyards. Today, the Quinta is still with the family and is owned by Francisco Olazabal. The grapes used are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cão.

Sandeman -- Vintage Port 2003

The vintage port is worth the wait, ideally served after four hours in the decanter. Opaque red violet in color with firm tanninsoffer a very long finish that stands alone or with creamy cheeses.

A huge nose with pleasant and sweet aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers entice a full-bodied palate, with pleasant, slightly fruity and a medium finish.

THE WINERY: Sandeman was established by a Scotsman, George Sandeman, in 1790. For more than 200 years Sandeman has remained in the family. Some of the grapes used are Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional.

Sandeman -- Twenty Year Tawny Porto

The color matures as a deep ruby blending with amber and yielding a rare and delicious tawny porto. Serve slightly chilled with an appetizer like foie-gras or with desert or fruit like a peach.

A rich, graceful combination of flavors: honey, nuts, dried apricots, spices and vanilla. An incessantly complex wine unfurls smoothly and develops in the mouth, producing the perfect end to a meal.

THE WINERY: Sandeman was established by a Scotsman, George Sandeman, in 1790.

W&J Graham's -- Late Bottled Vintage Port

The wine holds an intense and deep ruby color that stands alone or goes well with chocolate desserts, hard cheeses or soft goat’s cheese.

The nose senses complexity, blending vibrant youthful aromas, berries and hints of peppery spice. A full-bodied palate with concentrated flavors of black chocolate and fruit create balance and well structured tannins, lingering to the finish.

THE WINERY: W & J Graham was founded by two Scotch families: the Grahams and the Symingtoms. The winery has continued as an independent family business. Some of the grapes W & J Graham grow are Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão, Touriga Francam, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Roriz.

2003 W&J Graham's -- Tawny Port (Aged 20 Years)

The pale amber color is a unique, delicious tawny port. A wonderful partner with dried fruit, nuts or fruitcake, but is also delicious as an addition to vanilla ice cream or crème brûlée.

A wonderful complexity on the nose with touches of mandarin oranges, walnuts and roasted almonds. Splendid palate opens with soft burnt toffee, honeyed fruit and a smooth touch.

THE WINERY: W & J Graham was founded by two Scotch families: the Grahams and the Symingtoms.

W&J Graham's -- Six Grapes Reserve Port Rozes -- Vintage 1994

Fruity and robust with dark red color is deliciously served at the end of a meal with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, pleasant with strong cheeses.

A seductive nose creates a rich perfume of ripe cherries and plums. The palate becomes full with complexities and good structure, a long lingering finish.

THE WINERY: W & J Graham was founded by two Scotch families: the Grahams and the Symingtoms.

Port Niepoort -- Colheita 1991

Red and amber in color, the tawny port is wonderful on its own at the end of a meal or on a cold winter day in front of an open fireplace.

The nose holds a very intensive bouquet of nut flavors and drying fruits. The palate is beautifully balanced with nuts and dried plums, pleasingly, with delicacy.

THE WINERY: In the course of five generations the winery passed succeeding from one Niepoort to the next Niepoort. Most of the times, older and younger generations worked alongside each other. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz are some of the grapes grown.

© 2012 Kenna McHugh

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      Kenna McHugh 6 years ago from Northern California

      Falcon,

      Okay, thanks for the information and email. You can also follow me on FB if you like; it's easier to say in touch.

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      Karen S Falcon 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Sorry for delay, been super busy. Yes, keeping in touch is good :-) My personal email is FalconSays at gmail dot com. Not sure whatcha mean by more vague in Eu countries, but keep in mind, my lil bro has literally traveled the world that way :-)

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      Kenna McHugh 6 years ago from Northern California

      Yes, let's keep in touch and I will have to think about that...couch surfing. I bet it's more vague in European countries than in the U.S. or U.K.; but I could be wrong.

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      Karen S Falcon 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Well, my deary, let's keep in touch and maybe this trippy should happen someday :-) Also, my brother uses couchsurfing.org and travels aaaallll over, flopping on people's couches on the cheap. Great way to save money and see the world. He literally has been to many many countries this way. I, honestly, have not tried it yet, but my lil bro swears by it.

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      Kenna McHugh 6 years ago from Northern California

      Sounds wonderful! I would love to visit Portugal and drink their wines.

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      Karen S Falcon 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ahhh NICE hub! My family is from Madeira Portugal. Some family still there with 10acre land and vineyard :-)

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