This is the third article in a three-part series on sweet wine. In the first article (“How Sweet Wines Are Made”), we looked at the different ways sweet wines are made. In the second article we started to stroll down Sweet Wine Lane, exploring the sweeter, lighter wines in the sweet wine continuum. In this article, we will focus on one end of the sweet wine continuum by looking at the heavier sweet reds and fortified wines. [Read more…]
Thank you to Andy Snow of Sunvil for this informative article and infographic. If you would like to find out more about Sunvil’s special holidays to Portugal and Madeira, please visit http://www.sunvil.co.uk/discovery/portugal.
Portuguese wine offers some of the most aromatic and delightful tastes that a wine aficionado can experience. Influenced greatly by ancient civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans, the wines of Portugal today are as diverse as wines can get within the borders of a single country. The varying climate and soil conditions in the northern, central and southern regions of Portugal combine with the different breeds of grapes that are native to each region to create a diverse ecosystem of wine production.
I would like to share with you some information on the Madeira and Minho wine regions, since these are the two regions I know the best. [Read more…]
A friend recently asked me what a fortified wine is. Perhaps she was hoping that wine makers were targeting the health-conscious market by making a more vitamin rich wine, so she could enjoy her taste for wine with an even clearer conscience. The truth is not so fortunate, yet much more fun. [Read more…]