Laughing At Wine in Oporto, Portugal

Wine can be very serious and very fun. The trick is to surround yourself with the right people starting with your tour guide!

"Miguel, who has more fun you or your guests?"

Tour guide to celebrities and commoners alike Miguel is jovial and welcoming. My only regret about this recording is that it was so long ago! I have yet to receive my vaccine, prohibiting me of even dreaming about this wine and fun bonanza in Oporto, Portugal.

Cheap wine, expensive wine, Miguel has no preference or recommendation. Simply, he wants you to enjoy the wine you love rather than offer you an option that might no be available to you. Drink the wine as you like it.

In my option, he lives in a region that has been growing and blending wine for so long they have mastered the art. If a vine produced bad fruit the farmer ripped it out and planted something better centuries ago. Cheap or expensive, once you decide if you like sweet or dry, red or white the Portuguese wine options are limitless.

Miguel encourages American's to break away from their habits of buying wines where you can identify all the grape varietals. Go for a blend! The Portuguese have been blending wines to perfection and you should give one a try. The pricing of wines from Portugal is also appealing in that you don't risk much but you may gain a new daily, wallet-friendly favorite.


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Confession Time: There is always Portuguese wine on our table with dinner! It is also sometimes in our glasses other times of the day too! Portuguese wines are one of the greatest discoveries my husband and I learned about living in the UK. Recording this episode was no chore for me as we are already eyeing this destination for ourselves.

Why aren’t Portuguese wines packing the shelves of US wine and liquor stores? My guest Miguel Lael, talks about the culture of blending in Portugal. US drinkers want to know what grape is in the bottle. However, blending is the tradition of Portuguese wines. Miguel says sometimes the growers aren’t even sure