The Band of Boys Bringing Attention to Douro Valley Wine

Earlier this year I was introduced to The Douro Boys when I interviewed Pedro Carvalhoone of DuVine’s local guides in Portugal. We were chatting about the food and wine of rural Portugal when The Douro Boys came up. “The Douro Boys, a network of five winemakers, are leading the charge. At each of their quintas (estates), the Douro Boys work in partnership to host tastings, seminars, and events that focus on the evolution of wine taking place in their backyard.” I couldn’t stop thinking about this group, and when I told the editors at DuVine about them, a story came together. Visit the DuVine blog for the full story on these five family winemakers:
Courtesy: The Douro Boys

To be fair, they aren’t young men anymore. But they call themselves the Boys—a playful way to identify the fun they have while making wine in Portugal’s Douro ...

Quick Sip: Quinta De Cabriz 2012 Dão Reserva

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Today’s Quick Sipis Quinta De Cabriz 2012 Reserva from Portugal's Dão wine region. Located south of the renowned Douro Valley, world famous for fortified wines (i.e., Port); the Dão region is notable for its dry red table wines. Touriga Nacional, a key component in fine ports, is indigenous to Dão. It is the leading red grape in the area and all DOC red blends require a minimum of 20%. Other grapes used in the region's wines are Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro Preto, and Jaen (Mencia), just to name a few. Those of you familiar with red blends from Portugal know the region regularly delivers good everyday wines at affordable price points.

Since many of us have turned the corner to spring, it's time to invite family and friends over and fire up the grill. Portuguese reds are wonderful wines to have on hand for backyard ...
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The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

A few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie... Source

The Jesuíta – You Sassy Portuguese Pastry You!

Jesuita - Portuguese PastryA few years ago, I was dining sozinho (alone) in a small neighborhood cafe in Porto when I caught sight of this gorgeous pastry in the display case. With crispy folds of puff pastry piled high under a hard, sugary crust of perfection, I thought “damn girl, you need that!” But what looked like a small dainty pastry wasn’t decorous in the least! Even if I wanted to lift my pinkie to flaunt my European residence, I couldn’t as the sheer size of this buttery beast was massive. Not only that, as you take that first bite, an avalanche of filo flakes cascade across your chest creating a toasted brown mosaic that’s virtually impossible to brush away. Romantic rendezvous’ beware! That said, the flavor warrants a cafe catastrophe, because when paired with a Tawny Port wine, or better yet, a dipped into a steaming hot meia de leite (coffee with ...