Vale Meão is one of the great Douro estates, responsible for some fantastic wines since their first vintage in 1999. This is the latest release: the 2008, which is a good vintage in the Douro. It’s following on from the fantastic 2007, and so most Port producers will not declare it. But the early signs [...]
This is a crazy, crazy wine, but it really works. It’s a sparkling ice wine.
Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Ice Wine 2006 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
9% alcohol. Made like an ice wine, with grapes picked at -10 C, this is a bit different: it’s gently sparkling. Gold/bronze in colour, with residual sugar of 230 g/litre, it’s viscous and [...]
Today is the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna. I would have loved to attend, but it’s a big clash with half-term, when I have a self-imposed travel ban so that I can be home with the kids.
There’s a live feed for those, like me, who couldn’t attend, but this currently isn’t working. I’m following [...]
Very enjoyable lunch today at famed gastropub the Anchor and Hope, on The Cut, within a few long strides of Waterloo Station.
It was my first time here, and I came away impressed. It’s everything a gastropub should be, with a rustic interior, a no reservations policy, and honest, well-prepared, interesting food at sensible prices.
I started [...]
Sadly, it was the last day in Rioja. Just one visit: LAN.
I’d really enjoyed the previous two days, but up till now we hadn’t been shown a single vineyard. This is despite the fact that Rioja’s treasures are its wonderful vineyards, and the weather was perfect for photography. It’s probably because this is a very [...]
So it was off to Calle Laurel for the compulsory tapas bar crawl last night. It was Tuesday, so it wasn’t terribly busy, but there was enough of a buzz for it to be fun.
The way it works is that each of the scores of tapas bars tends to specialize in one dish. You order [...]
Day two in Rioja has been another day of contrasts. Three very different wineries, reflecting the spread that you find in this region.
First up, La Riojanas - with a production of 4.2 million bottles, a large-ish winery. A mix of traditional and modern styles, with the highlight being a 1964 Gran Reserva that was truly [...]
Dinner last night was at Asador el Tahiti in Logroño. It’s a traditional Riojan restuarant and we ate and drank well. Particularly interesting was Morcilla, which is pig’s blood and rice, and, in this case a thin pastry case. It was delicious.
Wine of the night was the Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2005. For just 18 Euros [...]
First day in Rioja. Three very different wineries visited. First, Finca Allende: modern, terroir driven, with lovely wines, including the brilliant Calvario, a single-vineyard offering. Good white, too. Aurus, their top wine, a little too rich and oak-influenced for me.
Second, La Rioja Alta. One of the traditional Haro wineries, making older-styled wines. But these are [...]
Travelling again. Just for a few days.
One of the aspects of my ‘job’ (I’m embarrassed to call it that, even though I work very hard) that I most enjoy, is the ability to travel to new places, meet new people, and learn quite a bit in the process.
I’ve been to Rioja before, but just for a day. [...]