DipWSET Theory and Tasting—White Wines of Portugal

Don’t forget, Portugal makes white wines too. And it’s not all in Vinho Verde. Let’s take a look at some key white wine grapes, white wine producing regions, and tasting notes.

Loureiro wine grape; winesofportugal.info
Loureiro wine grape; winesofportugal.info

 

Check out my Top Portugal 10—10 ‘quick facts’ to know about Portugal as a wine producing country.

For a general overview on Portugal, please see Wine Region Overview: Portugal, based on WSET Level 3

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DipWSET Theory—Portugal

Before I get into any tastings, I’m sharing my Top Portugal 10—the top 10 ‘quick’ facts I’ve decided are the ‘need to know’ to master this wine producing country. In black are my ‘quick facts,’ as written in my notes. In pink are a few ‘fun facts’ I found in my supplemental reading materials. 

winesofportugal.info
winesofportugal.info

What are your favorite Portuguese wine facts? Share with me—either in the comments below or contact me directly. Vamos la!

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This Week’s Latest Wine Headlines: February 21—26

You made it through another week! Hope you have something amazing to pour in the glass to celebrate. Me? I’ve got so many bottles of wine after doing some conjunctive tastings along with my Portugal and Greece studies this past week. (To be released in the coming weeks). In case you missed my Italian notes: DipWSET Theory and Tasting—PiemonteDipWSET Theory and Tasting—ValpolicellaDipWSET Theory—Southern Italy , and DipWSET Personal Theory and Tasting—Gavi di Gavi.

Below I’ve got this week’s round up of wine industry news. A few highlights—looks like there’s some new data/research surrounding the loss of smell due to Covid; John Fox, who ran the world’s largest wine Ponzi scheme, is officially out of prison (hold on to your magnums!); we’ve got Argentinian wine aged under the sea, the latest on Brexit, and the seemingly endless tariff wars between Australia and China.

And for for all my wine grape growing friends or those interested in learning more about California viticulture: I’ll be leading a panel discussion on regenerative agriculture at the upcoming Vineyard and Grower Conference. Other sessions include a look at the CA Crush Report and a deep dive into the latest research on smoke taint. Find out more and sign up here. I’ve also included some additional details below.

That’s all from me for now. Happy weekending. Cheers.

 

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DipWSET Personal Theory and Tasting—Gavi di Gavi

Do you ever find that something just strikes you when you’re studying? Maybe a grape’s origin story, the history of a wine region, or maybe you just like the way a word sounds. It strikes you, and you are just able to memorize it for no other reason than you just fancy it. That’s me and Gavi di Gavi. Just seeing that phrase, hearing it, saying it out loud, it always brings a smile to my face.

Map by Jeff Quinn.
Map by Jeff Quinn.

Taste with me. Dance with me.

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