Ah, Portugal. One of my favourite wine countries. Here are three good bottles from The Wine Society that are affordable and tasty.
Campolargo Alvarelhão 2011 Bairrada, Portugal
This is brilliant. It’s from a variety that’s also grown in Galicia, where it is known as Brancellao (it was a component in this wine reviewed recently), and which makes medium/light [...]
As most of you know, Portugal is one of my favourite wine countries. There’s lots happening here, with new great wines emerging all the time. This is a brilliant new wine from Filipa Pato, daughter of Luis, and it’s a field blend of mostly Baga from a vineyard of chalky subsoil with stony clay. It [...]
So, the film Dave Fuller and I made in the Douro is now live. We’re really pleased with it, but would love to hear some feedback. If you have 8 minutes to spare, please take a look:
This film is the result of a collaboration between film maker David Fuller (www.storyflex.tv) and wine writer Jamie Goode [...]
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 [...]
It’s always good to stumble across wines that over-deliver for their price point. Here are two that I tried today and was impressed by.
Tenuta Roveglia Lugana 2011 Italy
From the shores of Lake Garda, this is a really fresh white, made from the Trebbiano (aka Ugni Blanc) grape variety. Crisp, tight and steely with lovely citrus/grapefruit [...]
I’ve written before about this Pinot Noir. Its debut vintage, 2009, impressed me, and can be found online at a bargain price of £12. This follow-up is equally convincing. A really nice wine. I likened the 2009 to a Marlborough Pinot Noir; I notice that this time I’ve likened it to a Martinborough Pinot Noir.
I’m a big fan of Baga, a Portuguese red grape variety. It’s the traditional grape of the Bairrada region, and to me it’s reminiscent of Nebbiolo: quite tannic and difficult, but capable of making ageworthy, perfumed wines.
Luis Pato is one of the top Bairrada growers, and yet he names his wine ‘Beiras’ rather than Bairrada. You [...]
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 [...]