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Day 5 Our second day in the Alentejo began with a tasting at Dona Maria Julio Bastos, an 18th century house run by a family with over 180 years of winemaking history. The first thing that we noticed arriving at … … Read More

DAY 4 On day four we woke up in the Alentejo, a wine growing region┬ásoutheast of Lisbon, not far from the Spanish border. The view from the bus on the way to our first stop consisted mostly of olive tree … … Read More

It’s Day 3 on Cara DeLavallade’s Wine Tour of Portugal. Today the group joined up and raveled from Lisbon to Colares, a region north of Lisbon known for a very distinctive varietal, Ramisco, that only grows in Colares. The vineyards … … Read More

It’s Day 2 of Barking Frog’s Cara DeLavallade’s wine tour of Portugal. For the last two dinners in Lisbon, a trip to two Jose Avillez restaurants was necessary… The “Epic Menu” at MiniBar is an eleven-course tasting menu that includes … … Read More

Cara DeLavallade, Advanced Sommelier at the Barking Frog, shares her travels and tastings during her tour of the wine regions of Portugal. I landed in Lisbon and was promptly scopped up by Carlos, the driver and general do-it-all guy who … … Read More