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The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal Hardcover – 18 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Inn House Publishing; 1st edition (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955706904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955706905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 19.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter wrote their first book on Portuguese wines over 20 years ago, and are still at it. Charles is one of the most spontaneous and amusing wine critics in Britain, and a well-known face on British television, having been part of the ITV This Morning team for 12 years. He was a co-founder of WINE International magazine, and is co-chairman of the International WINE Challenge, the world's biggest wine competition. Before turning to wine, he was a professional singer. Kathryn was drinks correspondent for the Independent on Sunday for nine years, sometimes also writing about food. She wrote and edited the Which? Wine Guide and Good Wine Bar Guide for the Consumers' Association, as well as wine list reviews for the Good Food Guide. Together Charles and Kathryn have written wine and wine-with-food books for Sainsbury's, Tesco and Marks & Spencer, as well as other publishers.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By kedipasha on 10 Feb. 2008
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At last, a guide book to Portugal that really embraces the country from a culinary and cultural point of view so that you get an idea of what makes the Portuguese tick. As the title suggests, the main focus is on wine and it is this integral part of Portuguese life that influences the choices that the authors make as to where and what to eat and drink. It goes into great depth about each region's specialities in food and drink and where you can sample them. Accommodation is often part of a working vineyard and generally chosen for the food and drink as well as the location and is therefore very different to what is usually recommended in other guide books. You might think that it aims at the upper price range only, but it covers everything from B & Bs to grand hotels. There is also a section on local markets, delicatessens and supermarkets for each region as well as interesting places to visit that are not necessarily wine-related plus a language section to help you understand what's on the menu. It does not tell you how to get around by public transport and therefore a car would be essential, but that enables you to see more of the country anyway. All in all, an excellent alternative to what's normally on offer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE on 3 July 2009
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The authors, both highly respected wine writers, have a passion about the food, drink and culture of Portugal that spreads across every page of this beautifully illustrated and highly informative book. Part travelogue, part wine book, part love letter this is just the sort of read to make you momentarily forget the credit crunch and the exchange rate against the Euro and book that break on the ALgarve that you've been promising yourself for so long. And while you're waiting for deaprture day to arrive there's plenty of advice on what to eat and drink to get you in the holiday mood. A glass of well decanted Dao should be raised to Mr Metcalfe and Ms McWhirter for the obviously exhaustive research that has gone into this fine book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Sept. 2008
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A lovely book covering a specialised area in good detail and at a bargain price. It shares the style and feel of the better travel guides, and gives enough detail for the reader to feel confident in finding most of the places described. It covers a good price range of food and wine. Go quickly, for like all such books, the passing of time will reduce the accuracy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Appleyard on 20 May 2011
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A really beautifully presented and very useful book. Whilst based on wine and using the wine regions as the chapters, it is also a comprehensive guide to food, restaurants, places of interest and certainly not just for wine buffs. Good restaurants can be very hard to find in Portugal, particularly outside Lisbon or the Algarve, and this book is a great help. As foreign residents of central Portugal, this is the book we have been looking for. We have already recommended it to three friends who bought it instantly and are well pleased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Saloio on 5 Aug. 2012
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I saw this book refered to in a Saturday 'Daily Telegraph' article on Portuguese wines and, since we love Portugal and think its wines shamefully underated, thought I would order it from my local library. As soon as I read it I knew I had to have my own copy. The wealth of detail is amazing and we now know much more about Portuguese wine than we did before. Sadly the book is now five years old so the accommodation and restaurant reviews must be dated but cross-referencing with TripAdvisor etc. should provide a good starting point for exploration. The style is witty,informative and eminently readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PAH on 30 Nov. 2012
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This book is mainly about Portuguese wine but also about Portuguese food, and where to get both from. It covers produce and dishes from different regions and is also something of a travelogue. It puts together information you normally find in separate books and does so in considerable detail. Most books on Portuguese wine and food centre on Lisbon and the Algarve, but this one has the advantage of a good coverage for other areas in the country.
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