jamie goode's wine blog: Portugal mega-tasting day two

Monday, November 03, 2008

Portugal mega-tasting day two

Another busy, tiring, but thoroughly enjoyable day of tasting on Sunday. My candidate list for the Top 50 Portuguese wines has swelled considerably. I'm pleasantly surprised by just how many seriously good wines there are on show. Even though I have been following the Portuguese wine scene for some years, I hadn't realized just how fast the ranks of top-flight producers had swelled. There's quite a bit of stuff we don't see in the UK on show here, too.

Last night's dinner was an enjoyable event which, rather fortunately, didn't go on until 4 am! Distributor Vinalda took me out to the impressive Casa da Dizima restaurant with four of their producers: Alves de Souza, Carlos Lucas (Dao Sul, now called Global Wines), Nuno Cancela de Abreu (Casa Alorna) and Julio Bastos (Dona Maria). The wines we drank were excellent, and the food was simple and beautifully prepared.

Now I'm going back to do a little more tasting before heading home. Pictured are some of Dirk Niepoorts crazy 'Projectos' wines.



At 12:22 AM, Blogger Arvid Rosengren said...


I tried the Docíl a month or so ago (at Crasto), but it didn't have a label then. Good stuff, and not just because it's impressive to make a fresh Mosel style riesling in the Douro. And the name is great.

Haven't tried the others though, how were they?

At 3:33 AM, Blogger Vinogirl said...

This may be a little shallow, but...I love their label.

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous ryan said...

Always fun tasting through these wines, you never know what to expect from Dirk and the gang! :)

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

arvid, they were interesting and really good - not utterly world-class, but not far off.

vinogirl, shallow is OK

ryan, agree - dirk and his chums keep pushing the boundaries


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