"Azulejo" is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework. Azulejos are found on churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations. I photographed this beautiful artwork outside of the "Igreja do Carmo" church in Porto, Portugal.
Ports can be broken down into broad families: Wood aged ports, normally made of oak, and bottle aged Ports which spend most of their lives maturing in bottle. ----------------------------------------*Within the wood aged Port family there are 3 main styles:
* Full bodied, fruity red Ports which age for a relatively short time in large oak vats. These include RUBY PORTS, usually aged in vat for 2 or 3 years, RESERVE PORTS which are generally of higher quality and age for slightly longer and LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORTS which remain in vat between 4 and 6 years. Although offering different degrees if complexity and sophistication, these wine share a deep red youthful colour and intense fruity flavours reminiscent of cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant.
*Rich and mellow tawny ports which age for longer periods in oak casks. These include the sumptuous 10, 20, 30 and 40 year old TAWNY PORTS whose delicious nuttiness and aromas of butterscotch and fine oak wood intensify the longer they spend in wood. *White Ports, made from classic white Port grapes, which are usually aged for 2 or 3 years in large vats and are available in sweeter or drier styles. Taylor's CHIP DRY, the first dry white Port first launched in 1934, is one of the best known white Ports.------------------------------------The bottled aged family of Ports is made up mainly of VINTAGE PORT although it also includes a small category called CRUSTED. PORT.
*VINTAGE PORT represents the best produce of a single outstanding year. It remains in vat for only about 2 years and then ages in bottle. Although Vintage Ports can be enjoyed when young, they will improve for many decades. Vintage Ports are the most structured and powerful of all Ports. *CRUSTED PORTS are not made from wines of a single year but, like Vintage Ports, are capable of maturing in bottle. Also like Vintage Ports, they are not filtered before bottling and will form a natural sediment in the bottle as they age. #portwine @portwine #taylorsportwine @taylorsportwine #portoportugal#portugal#porto#oporto#portolovers#wine#winetasting