There's probably a reason they haven'tJuly 12, 2016 in Portugal
Up and at 'em this morning - no not really. We were on the train to city centre by 11:12 am.
We took boat cruise that included to visits to a Callem and Quvedo. In the callem visit, we had a guided tour, this included information on how their wines are made, stored, and how long you have to drink them. They have white, tawny, and Ruby port wines. They recently introduced the rose port wine, but not many of them are made. Some wines can be stored between 2 years while others are between 4 and 6 years. Most of the grapes are grown in Oduro Valley where the climate is better. They are then brought to 'Porto' which was more well known and the weather doesn't get as cold (hence the name). However, much of the wine cellars are in Gaia because there wasn't enough room in Porto. The wine is stored in large barrels thst vary by litre (in a cave). The largest one wad 60 litres. On the outside of the barrells there's a chalk board that indicates the type of wine and the lengyh of time its been in the barrell. Thry alsi havr what looks like a thermometer to indicate the liters in the barrel. When the wine is bottled, the label indicates the year it was produced and the year it was bottled. Thus, to know how long it has been aging, you read the front and back labels. In Quvedo, it was a self-guided tour. Don't worry though - both places we got to taste the wine.
After this we walked up to El Corte Ingles for a delicious lunch. This lunch was at the top of a mall and had a beautiful outdoor terrace. The waiters were great..... but did kissy noises at each other. It was the strangest thing.
After a tad of shopping, we went back to city centre to find some night life.... well, we didn't find anything. So, we stopped on a terrace and had some delicious sangria. Then off to our place we went.
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