Portugal: Taste the sights and sounds by the wine glass


I’m sitting outside, overlooking one of the prettiest views I’ve ever seen: dappled green auburn and gold-hued vineyards as far as the eye can see. Five bottles of wine, every one excellent, are lined up on the rustic stone table in front of us, and platter upon platter of food keeps arriving from the nearby kitchen. First, bowls of caldo verde — a traditional Portuguese soup made with kale and potatoes — and then grilled meats, regional cheeses and bread, then rice cooked with tiny flecks of onions and bell peppers.

It’s magical, and I can’t help but wonder why the Portuguese wine region of Lisboa, located just outside of the city’s capital, isn’t better-known amongst Canadians. It’s affordable, friendly and charming. It’s easy to get to, and it makes wines that rival those of any of the world’s great wine regions.

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