Touriga Nacional

Spotlight on a new world of viticulture

If trade body Wines of Brasil gets its way, soccer fans will be drinking wine rather than beer as they watch the 2014 World Cup matches. Wine will be added to sports, the Amazon, the carnival and the samba as Brazilian icons.

Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

Let's hear it for the Boys: from the Douro with love

Portugal's Douro Valley is one of the world's oldest demarcated wine regions, but it is its newest varieties that are drawing the attention of the critics.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Perfect match

There's an old Chinese saying that goes something like this: 'Don't put your woolies away until after Ching Ming ...' to which I would add, '... and ma la hotpot is just the thing'. Although many of us think of hotpot as cold-weather food, ma la hotpot is savoured year-round in Taiwan.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Portigal uncorked

Adventurous drinkers, curry lovers and those with a nose for good value will appreciate these wines

The choice of Portuguese wines in Hong Kong is fairly limited. Despite the fact that Macau is an hour away by ferry, wines from Portugal are not especially popular with the city's wine drinkers.

8 May 2005 - 12:00am


Wine: Palha-Canas Grape: Various Portuguese varietals Region: Estremadura, Portugal Vintage: 1995 While the Douro is the pace-setting wine-producing region for both Spain and Portugal, other areas are also getting their act together.

1 Mar 1998 - 12:00am


Wine: Mateus Signature Tinto Grape: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz Region: Douro Valley, northern Portugal Vintage: 1991 MOST wine drinkers have tried Mateus Rose at least once. Millions of cases of this incredibly popular drink are sold each year. There is another side to this Portuguese wine producer - an attempt to produce top quality wine at an affordable price.

16 Apr 1995 - 12:00am