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Lisbon and Porto the newest winetourism hotspots
Portugal is emerging as one of the trendiest travel destinations right now. The Portuguese have polished their jewels: trails, B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, discos, spas and wines. Visit before the floodgates open. Start with Lisbon, then go to the plains of the Alentejo towards the south and finish in Porto, exploring the more northern valleys of the Dão and Douro Rivers. If there’s time, a swim along the Algarve coast is not bad either, but mass tourism abounds down there already. Instead, avoid the masses and retreat into the countryside and blend with the locals in two, astonishingly fresh, European cities, Lisbon and Porto.
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From the study of differences in soil, microclimates, sun exposure, age of the vine, planting density, pruning and varied works of viticulture … I feel that today I am privileged to have created a knowledge base that allows me to understand the wonderful puzzle that our region offers.
Wine used to be simple. You liked it or you didn’t. You could afford it or not. You could buy it in your local shop or you couldn’t. Easy. Wine is not so simple any more. Are you confident you drink the wine you believe in? The terroir police are after you. Drinking wine these days is an ideological choice. Do you buy global or local? Do you prefer US, international or a regional style? It’s time to decide what side you are on. Do you pledge allegiance to big business or with the small farmer? How do you even know which is which? This is complex, but you can crack it.
See Wine Wars (html): Terroir-torial disputes of Place, Politics and Profits, online now, including vintner interviews (Macari, Martha Clara), Trond’s Wine Picks (Lavoro Syrah, Bergen Road Macari Bordeaux blend, Black Coyote cab) and links to a small selection of sites that discuss how terroir matters to consumers.
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