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Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. WeRead More

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I hadRead More

IVDP Library

IVDP Library

The regulator and testing centre for all still and fortified wine produced in the Douro Valley is housed in a suitably majestic building in the heartRead More

Over the Crumbling Wall

Over the Crumbling Wall

At the far end of the Quinta do Portal vineyard, a crumbling wall and a view stretching for miles across vines and Douro Hills. Taken aRead More

Oh No Not Another Vineyard Shot

Oh No Not Another Vineyard Shot

The same morning in Quinta do Portal as last weeks Sunday Wine Shot – Vineyard Gazebo. Further up the hill now, looking into the rising sun.Read More

Vineyard Gazebo

Vineyard Gazebo

The following morning, as I staggered bleary-eyed through the hotel tour, the manager with hand around my shoulders inquired how I had managed to get outRead More

Discover The Origin with Oz Clarke

Discover The Origin with Oz Clarke

Oz Clarke was at the Foodies Festival in Oxford last weekend. When it comes to knowing great wine Oz Clarke is about as close to DionysusRead More

Discover the Origin

Discover the Origin

To me rather an odd combination of partners but the Discover the Origin promotion unites the wines of Burgundy and the Douro Valley, Parma ham andRead More

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