Do Ferreiro Albariño Cepas Vellas from 200 year old vines

This was a remarkable Albariño, made from a one-hectare plot of vines that’s over 200 years old. It’s made by Gerardo Méndez of Do Ferreiro, who farms 10 hectares, split into numerous small plots, more or less organically. This Cepas Vellas is from a hillside vineyard with sandy granitic soils. The grapes come in with around [...]

Some brilliant Terras Gauda wines from Rías Baixas, Spain

Very enthusiastic about the white wines from Terras Gauda, a producer in Spain’s  Rías Baixas region, in the north west of the country, adjoining Portugal’s Minho. They’re so nicely judged. Unfortunately the reds from this producer, under the brand name Pitaccum, suffer the Spanish disease of an elevage that involves too much oak, for too long.

Terras [...]

On the road, finishing in the Douro

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 [...]