Between March and July the grapes wear bright green colors. But, once August comes, some grapes trade their green garments for red clothes, others change into bright yellow hues. When this makeover occurs, wine makers say that the “painter arrived,” as if some celestial artist came to color the grapes one by one.
After the painter arrives, the period of maturation begins. A few weeks later, it is time for the harvest, the culmination of all the work done by man, women and nature in the vineyard.
In Portugal, the painter has arrived everywhere and in some areas of the Douro valley and Alentejo the harvest is well under way. All we can do is wait until the colorful grapes turn into memorable wines we can share with friends.
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I’ve seen the vineyards in Alentejo when we were visiting a couple of weeks ago.
I have a question that has nothing to do with wine: what’s with this love of jelly? We were flabbergasted by all the jelly in supermarkets and that we found some at the breakfast buffet in our hotel and in lots of places too. I’ve never seen jelly outside of England and the US.
It’s really funny that winemakers slang, but also very poetic…thanks for sharing!
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