Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mmmm...Wine....

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I've been on holiday. As usual when I get back here I don't talk about bookish stuff because my mind's been on holiday too. Let's talk about something else

They call it Nectar of the Gods. Wine. Or – dare I say it – Portuguese wine.

I would take a bet that if you’ve never been to Portugal then I’ve had wines you’ve never heard of. You see, many vineyards here are so small that they only produce for the domestic market. But these are some of the best, and the cheapest.

From www.visitportugal.com
visitportugal.com
Picture this: you’re sitting by the ocean in the sun having a lunch of amêijoas a bulhão pato – clams cooked in garlic, coriander and lemon juice – or a dish of fresh king prawns and you’re washing it all down with a refreshing vinho verde. Yes that is green wine which is a young, lightly sparkling and slightly dry wine that is stronger than you think! Try the Alvarinho green wine which is white. That last sentence isn’t as daft as it sounds because there’re red vinho verdes and also rosé - which are deliciously fruity.

The sun’s getting lower, because you have to take time over your food, and you’ve just enjoyed a freshly caught roubalo (seabass) baked in a hard casing of salt – and, no, the fish isn’t at all salty once the case is broken. The white flesh will melt on your tongue, accompanied by a cold white Planalto from the Douro. Finally, why not enjoy your creamy Portuguese cheese for dessert with a rich Ervideira wine which is described on its website (http://www.wonderfulland.com/wonder2006/wine/ervideira/indexwine_en.htm#products_3) as a dark red wine, with notes of plum, wild fruit and spices. Soft in the mouth, with a notorious, elegant structure and a persistent finish. (That sounds pretty sensuous, doesn't it? Oh boy, I'm back in writing mode.)

After watching the sunset you’ll wind your way home in a very happy frame of mind. Guaranteed.



23 comments:

  1. Did someone say wine?

    I don't think I have had any Portuguese wine...yet.

    Wine, good food, and the beach. Your scenario sounds like heaven. :)

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    1. Try a bottle of vinho verde on a hot day, L.G. I dare you!

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  2. I am so there!
    Welcome back from vacation, Susan.

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  3. I have a friend who is from Portugal and she still has a home there. I need to ask her about the wines.

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    1. oh Diane, she'll go on for hours if she's from Portugal

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  4. Glad to hear you had a great holiday Susan. Wine is every writer's vice surely?

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    1. Absolutely Joe - where would be without it?

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  5. Writing...big glass of red wine...perfect. And that red wine sounds very sexy. Glad you had a good holiday :-)

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  6. It's true, Julia. It did sound sexy didn't it? :-)

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  7. I love the sound of that roubalo but sadly I can't drink wine. It makes me sick :-( Sounds like you had a lovely break.

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  8. Well, there go my plans for a nice diet lunch today. And I love the sunset picture. Just lovely.

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  9. Have't been to Portugal in many years, Sue, but I remember being in Sagres and drinking some excellent wine and, at the hotel, the fish was superb. Half the time I had no idea what I was eating, but I enjoyed it!

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  10. i used to enjoy wine but i don't drink at all any longer and wine ended up making me sick for some reason---but i love the flavor of it in food---have you ever had wine jello----sounds like you had the perfect get away :)

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  11. I rather enjoyed the imagery. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks everyone. It's true, wine can be acidy and make people feel sick. Wine jello Lynn? hmmmm..... Thanks for commenting

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  13. Great food writing...now I'm hungry!

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  14. I'm really not a lover of wine, but there's something about the "idea" of it that I love! And I'm totally jealous of your vacation! Sounds heavenly!

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  15. Thank you Cynthia! Leigh - actually, I was away somewhere else. I live in Portugal so I can do this every day (whoa, I'd be an alcoholic and obese in no time! And broke!)

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  16. It sounds like you had a delicious vacation! Welcome back!

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  17. And suddenly, I'm filled with jealousy.

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  18. Hi, Susan,
    That description of the food,in combination with the wine, sounds like heaven.

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