Just posted four more videos from the Douro. It’s part of a big write up on a visit to the Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman group (includes the Port houses Fonseca, Taylor’s, Croft and Delaforce).
The Douro valley viewed from the River:
Treading grapes at Quinta de Vargellas:
Croft’s Quinta do [...]
Had a brilliant day yesterday. It began with lunch at the Harwood Arms, together with Joe Wadsack, Will Willis and Stuart Bowman-Hood. Proceedings began with a pint of Sambrook’s junction: rich, a bit hoppy, and with a distinct note of eggy sulfide (Burton stink is the correct term for this?). This went very well with [...]
A great privilege to be able to try this tawny Port, dating back to the 1850s. Taylor’s have acquired two pipes of it (a pipe is 600 litres, but with an older wine like this the barrels won’t be full), and are releasing it this December, at a price tag of £2500 a bottle. It’s [...]
Yesterday was the New Douro tasting at the Tate Modern in London. It has been going for a few years now, and it’s a great event. But it could be even better (more on that later).
The focus was on 2008s, which are just baby wines, but it is nice to get an early look at [...]
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 [...]
Vintage Port is one of the world’s great wines. It’s also relatively affordable compared with other great wines. But there’s an even better bargain in single-quinta Ports from shoulder vintages – those that might have been declared had they not been adjacent to already-declared years.
2008 was a really good vintage in the Douro, but most [...]
A short film of a remarkable vineyard plot: Quinta do Noval’s Nacional, a 2.5 hectare plot in the Noval vineyard in the Pinhao Valley. The 6000 vines are ungrafted, planted from 1925, and yield a tiny quantity of grapes, which in selected years (but more often than the vintage declaration) make the famed Nacional Vintage [...]
Making Port wine: traditional and modern approaches from Jamie Goode on Vimeo.
A new video. It’s a sort of hybrid between my scenic vineyard pieces and my pieces to camera. I’ve been trying to improve the quality of these videos without making them impossibly large to upload, so I hope the extra clarity this brings to the picture is appreciated! I’m also trying out Vimeo, as opposed [...]
On my recent visit to Quinta Nova in the Douro (which I have just written up here), I came across a large granite stone with the imprint ‘Feitoria 1758′. This is one of the stones used to demarcate the limits of the Douro wine growing region. A bit of history.
In brief, Sebastião José de Carvalho e [...]