Drinking the day away: Anselmo Mendes Tasting

My idea of Vinho Verde wine, prior to coming to Portugal and immersing myself in an enormous sea of stunningly delicious Vinho Verde wines, was that it was a rather simple fruity white wine that could be sipped on a hot summer’s day. In my mind, it was just a fun little drink, nothing too…

The Mad Ones

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell A sales agent at the wine fair was pitching her company’s wines to me and a friend this summer. My friend knew the winemaker and was curious to try his latest vintage. He examined its…

The Winemaker: Luis Seabra

Luis Seabra, another Lisbonite living in Porto, is an experienced and exceptional Portuguese winemaker. He studied viticulture at the Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), did his masters in winemaking at the Universidade Catolica and has been making wine since 2000. For close to a decade Luis worked as a winemaker for Niepoort at…

The Old Postman: Hélder Sousa

Hélder Sousa is the owner of a charming Portuguese restaurant, O Antigo Carteiro (The Old Postman), located along a beautiful strip of the Douro River in Lordelo do Ouro, Porto. As I mentioned earlier, he used to be a theatre-producer and used to frequent O Antigo Carteiro after performances. He told me how much he…

The Somm: Sergio Santos

A Lisbon native now living in Porto, Sergio Santos is a sommelier with over ten years’ experience. What distinguishes Sergio from other sommelier’s I’ve met is his passion for wine and eagerness to share his knowledge with others, including with a novice like me. Sergio studied hospitality at Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa…