I started my Portuguese wine import company and the inquiries begin to flood in - they were not about wine specifically, but rather the unknown land of Portugal...
"What time of year should I go?" ... "Where are the best wineries to visit" ... " How to I catch the sardine festival?!"
While I knew that Portuguese wine was relatively unknown in the states, I had no idea how foreign the history, cuisine, geography and just about every other characteristic of the culture was to the American traveler.
I have been traveling there consistently since I was 20 and in my 12+ years of visits and now owning a business based in Portugal I have come to know the tricks of the trade. The best place to grab a glass of wine in Lisbon or Porto, where to stay - and not to stay - in the Douro and where to catch the best Pastel around.
This blog will dive into the culture, history and wine life that makes Portugal one of the most sought out destinations in the world today. So pop a cork of Bical or Alvarinho and read on!