Mencia, the red grape of the Bierzo region in the northwest of Spain, is the same as Portugal’s Jaen. And it’s a grape I really like. Now this wine is one of my best value wines of the year – it’s a thoroughly delicious, fresh, reasonably complex red of great appeal. Buying like this is [...]
Quick update from Lisbon airport, at the end of a really good trip. Yesterday was busy: we started off in Toro, drove to Bierzo (some lovely wines from Victor Arroyo – Mencia and Godello), then up to Rias Baixas (visiting Adegas D’Altamira, who make three different kinds of Albariño).
Then we drove down to the Douro [...]
Top wines of the SITT tasting, February 24th 2010
Here’s a selection of some of my favourite wines from today’s SITT (SITT = specialist importers trade tasting). It’s now a big tasting with many seriously interesting wines, and I just tried a small proportion of them. As a result, this is very much a personal selection, [...]