A varietal wine, also known as a monovarietal, is produced with a single grape variety or predominantly from a single grape variety. The percentage of a grape variety that a wine must have to be considered varietal varies between 75% and 100%, depending on each country's legislation. In Portugal, for it to be called "Monovarietal", at least 85% of the batch volume must come from grapes harvested from that varietal.
Stews, stews, roasts, and countless dishes have wine added to improve their flavour. But adding wine to marinades, broths, and sauces doesn't stop only with savoury dishes. When it comes to desserts, the list of recipes in which sweet and fortified wines are an integral part is vast. But should we pay attention to the wine we use in cooking, or is it enough to open the fridge and use a leftover bottle of wine from a meal?
Widely used in culinary, eggs are not an easy product to pair. The yolks coat the palate and may clash with certain wines leaving an unpleasant metallic taste. Egg yolks are so rich that they can even prevent you from feeling the wine's flavour.
Celebrated on 11th November in many countries, Saint Martin's Day is traditionally spent around a bonfire, roasting chestnuts, and drinking wine.The tradition of the Magustos is quite old, and the abundance of chestnuts and "new wine" helped to root this ancient tradition. From "água-pé" to sweet wines, there are several traditional combinations. But let's see if they all work and why.
Blind wine tasting does not mean tasting wines without seeing them. A blind tasting is a way of evaluating wine without seeing its label and knowing anything about it. Through its visual aspect, aroma and taste, the intention is to appraise its characteristics and quality and to determine its wine region, grape varieties used and age or harvest year.
Did you know that Lourinhã is one of the four demarcated regions for brandy worldwide? Together with the French regions of Cognac and Armagnac and the appellation of origin Pisco, shared by Peru and Chile, Lourinhã is the only demarcated region in Portugal for producing vinic brandy with a denomination of origin.
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