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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

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

Tons Duorum Branco

Tons Duorum Branco

OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca LiricoRead More

Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

Tons de Duorum Vinho Tinto

This has got to be the very best red wine I’ve sampled so far this year. Not sampled actually, more… savoured, relished, enjoyed, consumed… maybe evenRead More

Essencia Do Vinho, Portugal

Essencia Do Vinho, Portugal

I was lucky to be invited to the annual Essencia do Vinho tasting in Portugal earlier this year. This is a photograph of the main tastingRead More

Maynard’s Port

Maynard’s Port

Port – it’s a winter thing aint it? Like many I’ve sipped on white port cocktails in the spring and drunk chilled, fruity, LBV’s through aRead More

Andrew Barrow
6 Dec
Oscar’s Red

Oscar’s Red

Parcel Force dropped my latest Naked Wines order by the door of number 27, my ‘across the hall’ neighbours. One box was successfully lifted into No.29Read More

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