On Saturday night (15 September 2012) I had dinner with Dirk Niepoort at Quinta do Napoles in the Douro. It was a lovely evening with a bunch of like-minded wine people and some very nice wines.
Particularly special was the bottle of Robustus 1990 that Dirk opened: the wine that was the start of his current [...]
Old vine at Vallado
Just on my way home from the Douro, so only time to post a few more pictures. Yesterday was Vallado, then Vale Meao, then Niepoort’s Quinta do Napoles, and overnight at Vale Dona Maria. So much to take in. A lot to write about.
With Dirk Niepoort
Thoroughly enjoyed the Dirty Dozen tasting today. It’s the start of term for us wine writers this week. We’re back in the tasting and travelling season. Tomorrow is the Bunch tasting, which will also be really good, and then on Friday I am off to the Douro for the weekend.
It’s so hard (and seems a [...]
One of my favourite wine countries: Portugal. Some great terroirs, and some inspiring wine growers. And lots of progress over the last decade.
This red, the second wine from Quinta do Noval (see my review here), is brilliant value for money. It’s a really good wine in its own right – forget the fact that it’s [...]
Really delighted to stumble across this superb online resource. It’s The Port Lovers’ Forum map of Douro Quintas.
For anyone like me who has been to the Douro a number of times, this is a brilliantly useful map. If you travel around the region by road, it’s really easy to be disoriented. Travelling by river is [...]
Old wines? I love them. And some of the best old wines are fortified wines: Madeira, Vintage Port, Tawny Port and VORS Sherry.
This is a 60 year old single-vintage Tawny Port (the official name for vintage dated Tawnies is Colheita), released to commerate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It’s fabulous and expensive, but good value when [...]
A short film from a visit to Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha, in the heart of the beautiful Pinhao Valley. I am with Paul Symington and viticulturist Miles Edlmann.
Yesterday’s New Douro tasting was one of the best yet. While the emphasis was on the 2009 vintage, producer’s also brought the odd older wine, which was appreciated. 2009 is a ripe, warm year, but despite the heat and lack of rain that characterized this vintage, the wines have a lovely purity and openness to [...]
Here’s a short film from this year’s harvest at Quinta de Roriz in Portugal’s Douro region. This is where the famous table wine Chryseia is made. It’s a beautiful property. We also get to see the Mistral sorting machine at work: this uses a jet of air to blow away raisined berries which would contribute [...]
Now this is pretty smart. It may only be an LBV, with a T-top rather than driven cork. But it’s actually a really good Port, and worth thinking about as something to have on hand as the nights draw in and finishing the day with a glass of something sweet, delicious and alcoholic becomes an [...]