Month: March 2012

Coimbra – One of Portugal's Loveliest Cities.
Travel

Coimbra – One of Portugal's Loveliest Cities.

Coimbra, located half way between Lisbon and Oporto in the north, served as Portugal’s capital in the Middle Ages, but is better known for its university, one of the oldest in Europe. The city was invaded by Germanic tribes in 465 and then again three years later. Roman soldiers arrived […]

Vintages Release Recommendations
Wine

Wine Frauds.

Long, long ago wine fraud started the day wine became a commodity. At first wine was the privilege of Persian kings and courtesans who liked the tipsiness the low-alcohol content provided. Once the secrets of winemaking reached the outside world and wine became commodity fraudulent merchants started taking advantage of […]

New Reign in Spain.
Wine

New Reign in Spain.

Call it a revolution or astoundingly fast progress, Spain once a laggard, is setting the pace in Europe today when it comes to wine and food. Spanish red wines once over aged and lifeless now burst with fruit, supported by just the right amount of oak flavours and velvety textures […]

Montilla – Moriles.
Wine

Montilla – Moriles.

Although Montilla – Moriles fortified wines are every bit as good as those from neighbouring sherry region in Andalusia the former are less well known. Montilla-Moriles close to Cordoba, Granada, and Seville, all well known tourism centres, enjoys less popularity with tourists but is more interesting because of its authenticity. […]

Mezcal.
Spirits

Mezcal.

For most North Americans tequila and mescal are two distinctly different Mexican spirits. In reality, tequila is a type of mezcal. The best analogy may be brandy and Cognac or Armagnac. Both Cognac and Armagnac are brandies, but originate in to distinctly different regions, and taste discernibly different. Mescal, Mexico’s […]

A Primer for 'New' French Wines.
Wine

A Primer for 'New' French Wines.

French wines used to outsell all others and set standards for most New World producers like Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Canada, and the U S A. It is ironic that France gave New World wine producing countries the grape varieties, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, pinot noir, […]

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Wine

Buying Wine from International Sellers.

Buying Wine from International Sellers If you are interested in buying wine from international sellers, there are a few basic things you should know. Buying wine internationally is much different than buying domestic wine. There are a bunch of government rules and regulations about importing and exporting wine, as it […]