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Delicious sweet Madeira wine

by Shannon Kroeze | Jul 23, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 Comments A vacation to Madeira. 'There you must taste the Madeira wine,' Fleur told me. And of course I did that there. 'And afterwards you make a blog about your experience.' Hence, today I, Shannon Kroeze, am guest...

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Bottle a little?

Bottle a little?

Almost done - at least I think so. That's what I thought before, too. The visit to Quevedo Portwines in February was cold but wonderful. Tasted many different port wines, visited vineyards, enjoyed good food and very much enjoyed blending a port for Historical Wines,...

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Quevedo port house

Quevedo port house

At the Quevedo port house, they have been making wine for generations. Until Portugal joined the European Union, the family from S. João da Pesqueira, deep in the hills along the Douro, delivered the wines to port shippers, who...

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How does that Port get so sweet anyway?

How does that Port get so sweet anyway?

by Fleur Deuss | Jul 7, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 Comments How-does-that-port-so-sweet-To answer this question, we have to go back many years. This is because Port today is fortified with wine alcohol. During fermentation, wine alcohol is added, which stops fermentation...

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Special Reserve blend Port at Historical Wines

Special Reserve blend Port at Historical Wines

by Fleur Deuss | Jul 6, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 Comments Special blend PortFor Historical Wines, a beautiful blend Port is composed of as many as four young ports between two and four years old; as it could have been made in the 18th century. Cláudia Quevedo, winemaker...

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The excavation of ‘the Rooswijk’.By Fleur Deuss

The excavation of ‘the Rooswijk’.
By Fleur Deuss

By Fleur Deuss | Jul 5, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 Comments The summer is in full swing. While we in the Netherlands are enjoying the sunshine, a team of maritime archaeologists from the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed in England is working hard with English...

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The trend of the 18th century: dark red wine

The trend of the 18th century: dark red wine

by Fleur Deuss | Jun 28, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 Comments They get more tannins It's 1740 and the wealthy citizens of Bordeaux are in their prime. Many of them own a winery outside the city, in the Médoc or south of the city. Thanks to all kinds of innovations, these...

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Visiting the Maritime Museum as a wine lover

Visiting the Maritime Museum as a wine lover

By Fleur Deuss | Jun 21, 2018 | Blog Dutch | 0 CommentsWhat do the Maritime Museum and wine have in common? For that we need to be on the ship 'the Amsterdam'. This seventeenth-century VOC ship sailed with crates full of wine. Bustling heart of tradeThe site of the...

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Taste determinant? The location of the grapevine!

Taste determinant? The location of the grapevine!

Two of the four port wines we have blended into our 'Special Reserve' come from the same vineyard. Yet from that one vineyard, two completely different wines were made. How can that be? Sun It's not the altitude of the vineyard in question, nor the soil composition...

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