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Did you know? - Snippet about Portuguese Wines & other drinks

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Did you know? - Snippet about Portuguese Wines & other drinks

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 01:45

Wine (red, white and "green") is the traditional Portuguese drink, Rosé being popular in non-Portuguese markets if not particularly common in Portugal itself. Vinho Verde, termed "green" wine, is not green in color but a specific kind of wine, which can be red, white or rosé, and is only produced in the northwest (Minho province).

The term "green wine" does not refer to the color of the drink but to the fact that this wine needs to be drunk "young". A green wine should be consumed as a new wine while a "maduro" wine usually can be consumed after a period of ageing.

Green wines are only produced in the north of Portugal and are usually slightly sparkling. Port wine is a fortified wine of distinct flavor produced in Douro normally served with desserts. Vinho da Madeira, is a regional wine produced in Madeira similar to sherry.

From the distillation of grape wastes from wine production is made a variety of brandies (called aguardente, literally "burning water") which are very strong tasting. Typical liqueurs such as Licor Beirão and Ginjinha are very popular alcoholic beverages in Portugal. In the south, particularly the Algarve, a distilled spirit called medronho made from the fruit of the Strawberry Tree is made.

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