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Antonio Rocha Graša


Viticulture issues, enology / winemaking issues. Wine regions of the world, with specialisation in the wines of Portugal, including Port. Tasting and sensory analysis, chemical analysis and the relation between both. Wine industry and wine economics (BUT NOT PRICES OF WINES). Sources of information regarding any aspect of wine. The human element of the wine industry and the integration of all aspects and sciences that concur to make a wine. Terroir.

Experience in the area

I have been a winemaker for 20 years. I am also in charge of the R&D department of the largest wine company in Portugal.


Sogrape Vinhos S.A. ADVID (Association for the Development of Viticulture in Douro)


Degree in Enology - UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal

What do you like about this subject?

The infinite possibilities and the continuous search for perfection. Also the fact that it is not just a commodity or a good. Wine can only be understood as a cultural object that you drink.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

More on the way people respond to wine, deepre insight onto the relation between location and wine expression

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Wine is being made purposefully by mankind since more than 4 000 years. The oldest remains found that attest to man making wine were from Hajji Firuz Teppe, a location in what is now Iran and then Persia. Seemingly, this wine would be sent down the Euphrates river to Mesopotamia.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Wine is more than a mere beverage, it is liquid culture. There are trivial and futile wines as there are rich and learned wines who have a story to tell. To drink wine is more than quaffing thirst, it is a journey to the place it originated from and a visit with the people who toiled to produce it like it is.

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Recent Answers from Antonio Rocha Graša

2016-08-14 Port:

That is a very common occurrence. What happened was that tannins and anthocyanins (compounds responsible for wine colour and taste) bound together until they finally grew up so much they became insoluble

2016-05-03 IM SLEEPY:

Hi Cameron,    Wine, like any other alcoholic beverage (beer, cider, spirits) can indeed make you sleepy and relaxed if consumed in an irresponsible way, even making you unfit to operate machines or drive

2016-01-31 Constantino Porto:

No one ever wastes my time trying to know more about drinks!    Sorry, at first sight I missed the pictures you sent. I see your bottle is empty and that your question refers actually to the empty bottle

2015-05-04 quality wine of interest?:

Dear Brian,    This wine is most certainly well past its best time, as these are not wines made to age after being bottled. This is also a quite common wine, not really a collectible piece.    It may,

2014-12-29 Moet champagne:

Paul, the nick won't lower much the value of the bottle. I tried a 1966 not long ago and it was in perfect condition. 1961 is considered a supreme year for Dom Perignon, so it should be even better. You


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