jamie goode's wine blog: The beauty of the Douro

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The beauty of the Douro

Just been editing some of my pictures from this year's trips to Portugal's Douro. It really is a spectacular place. If you've never visited, you owe it to yourself to go there.

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At 3:07 PM, Blogger Alleigh said...

These are beautiful!

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Mark ONeill said...

Stunning! As is the Douro and a great reminder of my trip there last year, right down to staying in Quinta de la Rosa and the beautiful meals on the terrace with their wonderful wines.
The Douro will keep dragging me back there!

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Mats L said...

I've been there twice, but not since 2003. Your pictures make me long back. It's a beautiful place and I should start planning travel now!

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Nick Oakley said...

Best (wine) moment in my life last week. 1966 Nacional at Quinta do Noval. Extraordinary wine with great richness, good colour, intense perfume, dramatic (but balanced) acidity and overwhelming length. Just mind-blowing.

Served alongside the same vintage of 'ordinary' Noval, it was fascinating to see the difference of quality delivered by ungrafted vines. The 'ordinaire' was full of charm, mature, balanced, delicately perfumed, and a delight to drink. Understated almost, but very elegant, with some poise.

Marks? 98 & 93 respectively (amateur attempt, but just to convey the difference)

As a matter of interest our hostess, the delightful Rute Monteiro, explained that 'Nacional' has nothing to do with Touriga Nacional but is a reference to the vines being planted directly into the 'national' soil


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