50 Great Portuguese wines in Manchester
So I'm in Manchester - where, many, many years ago, I was born. I'm here for the second installment of 50 Great Portuguese wines, which this year I've been given the responsibility of choosing.
I came up on the train this morning from London. The Virgin high-speed service takes just over 2 hours, which is really impressive, and a return ticket (0920 out, 0535 back) cost me £66 a few weeks ago, which is quite good value. The train does roll, though, when it's going really fast, and I felt a tiny bit motion sick at one point when I was working on my laptop. No wireless internet, alas.
The tasting has gone really well so far. Some of the wines are showing particularly well: I'm especially keen on the 05 Vale Meao and the 05 Poeira, both of which are astonishingly good today. Truly world class. I still have a few more wines to taste, which I must go back to now. It's so good to be able to reacquaint myself with these wonderful bottles. The third installment is in Edinburgh on Thursday.