Paulo Furtado
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Gaia, Portugal
About Me:
Mostly out here wondering about what's out there :)
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Books And Authors I Like:
Ellery Queen, S.S. Van Dine, Agatha Christie

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At 2:48am on August 17, 2007, sue neale said…
Hi Paulo

Thanks for your invite. Visited Portugal for the European cup - lovely country and very friendly people in the villages and towns/cities. Only wish I could speak more than a smattering of the language. I had to make do with French or sign language.
Can you recommend any good Portuguese crime writers who may have been translated into English? I am researching the area and trying to read as widely as possible. thanks

At 3:08pm on July 23, 2007, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hello Paulo,

Before you send out any further invitations to your Ning network, please read the promotion section of the help page.

At 4:38am on July 23, 2007, bruceforester said…
just returned rom Lisbon nd Oporto to research my new mystery. Your country and people were oh so friendly aand hospitble,not like in the US and the por. WOW. Good luck.
At 2:50pm on June 29, 2007, Joan Conwell said…
Very helpful. I'm taking notes ;-)
At 12:32pm on June 29, 2007, Paulo Furtado said…
It will, if you copy/paste it to your address bar. here it goes:

1) Let's start at the beginning: 48 grape varieties can be used in producing Port wine. White ports blend white grapes (usually sweet); Ruby ports blend red grapes (always sweet); Tawny ports are aged in wood barrels and may be blended or unblended; and then you have the Harvest ports, created from a single harvest and aged at least 7 years. This is the case with the so called Vintage ports. That's really what you should be looking for, if you want quality. Vintage is made up of a single harvest, declared by a producer as the finest (according to the standards as set by the Portuguese Port Wine Institute). A Vintage is mostly aged in the bottle (2,5 years in barrels at most), usually for 10 to 20 years. It becomes better with age (actually, we use that expression to praise someone "He's like Port wine, he gets better with age).

Check this Port Vintage Chart for the best production years:

2) That pessimism you felt is kinda typical of the Portuguese, I'm afraid... but "saudade" has nothing to do with that. No word in English (or any other language) can fully transmit the concept of "saudade". It's actually a bit different from nostalgia, it's a feeling of missing something or someone very dear to you, and also of longing, yearning for it or them to return or that you might return to them.

Check the Wikipedia:

Did that help? :)
At 11:39am on June 29, 2007, Joan Conwell said…
The spacedog link doesn't work for me for some reason. But here are two questions:
1) What qualities make a really good Port?
2) Would you clarify the concept of saudade for me? Before I visited it was defined for me as nostalgia. What I came across in Portugal was more of a wry pessimism. But it was the middle of winter and people sometimes act funny around Americans....
At 12:04am on June 27, 2007, Joan Conwell said…
Hello. I was in Portugal in January. Lisboa, Cascais, Sintra, Evora, Monsaraz. Now I have a Porto addiction, ruby only. Hard to find here in NC.

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