In Portugal (again)
Sorry for the radio silence. I'm in Portugal again for a few days having a wonderful time. It is such a great country and I'm thrilled to be picking the top 50 for January's embassy tasting, because all the wines will IMHO be really exciting. It's not because I am great at choosing them; just that there are so many really good ones to pick from.
I'm with Ana Sofia de Oliveira of viniportugal and Sarah Ahmed. Yesterday we were in the Minho, exploring vinho verde. We stayed the night at Quinta de Azevedo, which is utterly stunning, and enjoyed Barca Velha 2000 with dinner.
Today we had a fantastic lunch at the Bull and Bear in Porto with a large tasting put on by the Independent Wine Growers' Association (Pato, Ameal, Cello, Covela, Alves de Sousa, Dos Roques). Now were are near Lisbon, at Bacalhoa, where we are staying the night. It's a stunning, historic property.