jamie goode's wine blog: Almost spring, Portugal and a suit and tie

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Almost spring, Portugal and a suit and tie

It has been a lovely bright, warm day here in London. Almost spring-like, in fact - although worryingly early in the year for a spring day. There's something wonderful about living in a place that has four seasons, although I would like summer to be a little longer...

Today I attended the top 50 Portuguese wines tasting. I tasted a selection; I'd already been through these wines with Simon Woods, when he was making his final pick. They were showing very well, and perhaps the stand-out for me was the rather minimalistically labelled 'J' 2005 from the Douro. If you can get past the oddness of the name, then this is a really super, fresh, concentrated Douro red from Jorge Moreira (of Poeira) that is well worth its £17 retail price.

Another wine that stood out - with a retail price exactly double that of 'J' - is Quinta do Noval 2004. Sweetly aromatic, elegant, and yet still tasting of the Douro.

I've been wearing a suit and tie today, for the Portuguese dinner tonight (there's a dress code; it's at the embassy), and for an appointment I have soon in a posh club (which also has a dress code). The effect has been amazing. People have come up to me in astonishment, remarking on how smart I look. The level of reaction suggests to me that I must dress very badly the rest of the time. I have also noticed that when you are wearing a suit you get treated differently in shops.



At 12:32 PM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

what is wonderful about freezing cold weather,damp dark days etc etc
Everyone to their own of course Jamie,but I reckon you must have a masochistic streak in you!!

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Martin Jones said...

You've obviously never experienced an English Spring, Keith - although this burst of sunny clear mild weather is unseasonably early. It's great to feel alive again

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

yes I am sure it is Martin,although its even better never to have to feel dead!! ha ha

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