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.
Episode Show Notes:
Audio Only Version Here: https://www.travelradioonline.com/oporto
Miguel Leal's Website: https://www.ml-privatetours.com
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 what they are growing.
We decide that a bottle of wine form Portugal is a grape party inside the bottle!
As Independence Day approaches in the US I reflect on the US and Portugal’s shared tradition of Madeira wine. Miguel shares some history on the accidental discovery of Madeira and how to pair it. However, this ends in him just laughing and exclaiming that, “The only really rule to drinking Portuguese wines is that there are no rules.” You drink them how you decide you like them!
It’s hard to say if Miguel Lael or his guests have more fun during one of his tours. You will get this sense immediately from our conversation this week on Travel Radio Podcast. Private and limited to 7 people you will enjoy a fully customized wine and olive oil experience. In order to give prospective clients an idea of what it’s like to hire Miguel we play a game of, “Let’s Plan It”. I pick up my pretend phone and call him up on his 24/7 direct line. In the end I confirm, touring the Douro Valley is a dream trip I want to take. Hiring a jovial and likable guide is critical to making the experience take root in your heart. Miguel would be my choice.
If you enjoyed this audio episode, why not watch the video too? We will explore Miguel’s own photographs of the region he lives, and loves to work in.Thank you for as always for sharing in this audio adventure with us!
Miguel’s Contact information is in the links below and by clicking his picture top right of the podcast show notes.
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