Like so many wine lovers around the world, we limited our travels in 2021 again, staying stateside and taking the opportunity to support as many Portuguese wine producers as possible from our home, Vivenda Vista de Paz, in western Maryland.

We made two important connections (finally) during the year. The first took us to Durham, North Carolina, to visit Wine Authorities (curbside), which imports wines from our friends at Quinta de Sant’Ana. Not only did we haul away a case of their latest rosé, brancos, and tintos, but we also found new-to-us offerings from Tejo and Douro to enjoy.

The second score struck twice–Julie had a meeting in New York City to attend in late August, and this enabled her to (finally) visit Astor Wines & Spirits in Greenwich Village. Astor imports wines from our friends at Quinta de Paços. Another trip to the City in October meant another six bottles could come back with her by train. Joy!

We found other new bottles in our limited forays around Maryland, Virginia, and summer travels to the Midwest. But perhaps none charmed us more than finding a bottle of Filipa Pato’s 3B Blanc de Blancs on the wine list at an Indian restaurant (Kanak) in Charlottesville. A fine friend to the marvelous cuisine, indeed!

As we turn the page into 2022, we find more hope that we’ll be able to return to Portugal for a long-overdue visit…and to catch up in person with our dearest amigos around the country. But until then, here’s to more 366 Vinhos finds in the new year!