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Wine Tasting Videos: Great Port Wines

In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss great port wines.

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Crisp and Refreshing Summer White Wines by Broadbent, Dr. Loosen, and Spy Valley

Wines to Go Buy This Week: Crisp and Refreshing Summer White Wines by Broadbent, Dr. Loosen, and Spy Valley

The dog days of August are upon us and we have but a few weeks remaining before hot summer nights give way to crisp autumn leaves. This summer has been brutally hot for most of the US -though not too bad here in San Francisco, though September tends to be our hot month, if "hot" and "San Francisco" can actually be used in the same sentence- and I've had the great pleasure of discovering some fantastic white wines that are both tasty and refreshing for those hot nights. So before summer ends, here are three white wines to go buy this week:

Broadbent Vinho VerdeBroadbent Vinho Verde - Vinho Verde is a staple of Portuguese culture. Translated it means "Green Wine" which refers to its youthful freshness. It's a low-alcohol, light, crisp, and slightly effervescent wine that is about as close to perfection as a summer wine can be. Broadbent makes a fantastic Vinho Verde and at about $9 a bottle, it's worth buying a case to serve at your Labor Day picnic. Your guests will love it. About $9. Buy Broadbent Vinho Verde 

Best Portuguese Red Wine (For the Money)

As the holiday season approaches, we're all hearing more and more talk about best-value purchasing.  Consumers want to stretch their dollars as far as they can go – without sacrificing quality

Portugal's Pico Wine Region: Wine Heritage in the Azores Islands

The Azores, Portugal's Atlantic archipelago, are remote, to say the least.  This group of islands is located about 950 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal's capital, smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  The Azores were uninhabited when Portuguese explorers began to settle them in 1439.  Today, the Azores still belong to Portugal, and the archipelago makes up one of the country's two autonomous regions.

Portugal's Ribatejo Wine Region: History, Grapes, & Wineries

Ribatejo is named for the banks of the Tejo (Tagus) River, which divides this wine region from northeast to southwest.  This part of Portugal is known not only for wine but also for Lusitano horses and for Mertolengo cattle, both raised for use in Portuguese-style bullfighting.  Ribatejo is Portugal's second-largest wine region, but the DO as a whole is still struggling to forge an identity.

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Broadbent Auction Reserve Port - IntoWineTV Episode 85

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Broadbent Auction Reserve Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

Bairrada: Home of Portugal's Baga Grape

Bairrada has a long tradition of producing wines from just one grape.  Until recently, the region's wines were made primarily from the baga grape, often by traditional methods.  Producers crushed grapes with feet and left the stems on during the production process.  The region's fortunes changed for the better in 1991, when Portugal joined the European Union and modernization of Bairrada's wineries began in earnest.  Today you will find both producers that use modern, sometimes even über-modern methods and winemakers dedicated to traditional practices.  Happily, when conditions are right, both traditionalists and progressive winemakers can achieve excellent results.

Ferreira Ruby Port - IntoWineTV Episode 80

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the Ferreira Ruby Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

Portugal's Alentejo Wine Region: One Region, Eight DOC Labels

Alentejo is Portugal's largest political region, encompassing about one-third of the country.  It's also the least densely populated region in Portugal.  About 10 percent of Alentejo is devoted to vineyards.  Much of the rest is used for growing cereal grains and olives. 

1995 Niepoort Colheita Port - IntoWineTV Episode 75

"Great Port Wines". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Mulan Chan, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 1995 Niepoort Colheita Port from the Douro Valley, Portugal.

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