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Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

Casa de Mouraz – A Visit and Tasting

It was the wildness of the landscape that got me. Living, as I do, in the south east corner of a little overpopulated island, its hardRead More

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

Quinta do Perdigão – A Visit and Tasting

We spilled from the coach; post lunch stupor slipping away in the cold Dão air. Picking at some vines, Touriga Nacional as it transpired, was JoséRead More

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

The Wines of Julia Kemper, Dao, Portugal

Take a mix of native Portuguese grapes – all replanted only a few years ago on Júlia de Melo Kemper’s inherited estate – add some state-of-the-artRead More

Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

Sampling Vinho Verde in Mesa Restaurante, Porto

A touch tricky to match a dessert dish to a Vinho Verde wine. Next best, seeing as they don’t ‘do’ sweet wines would be a sparkler,Read More

Bibendum Wine Sale

Bibendum Wine Sale

Bibendum Wine sale starts today and runs until the 14th February. They are to offer over 250 wines with 50% off the original price. For theRead More

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

Portuguese Big Tasting Wines: With Beef Stew and with Pork Ribs

It’s an ambitious series of linked events; live public tasting at Lord’s Cricket Ground, others at Waitrose Canary Wharf and the food hall at John LewisRead More

Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

Slow Roasted Lamb with Cockburn’s Late Bottled Port

One of the oddest pairings I’ve sampled recently – roast lamb and late bottled port. The lamb was cooked at a very low temperature for neigh-onRead More

Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

Food and Wine Matching at Restaurante Vínico Galeria do Esporão

You would expect a vineyard based restaurant to provide a selection of superlative food matched perfectly with the estates wines. The Esporão Estate in Portugal doesn’tRead More

Portugal in Pictures: Stainless Steel Tanks

Portugal in Pictures: Stainless Steel Tanks

I’ve rubbed them in Alsace, stroked them in South Africa, walked passed them in Bordeaux and enjoyed a large wine tasting surrounded by some Dalek-like versionsRead More

Quinta do Mouro, Alentejo, Portugal

Quinta do Mouro, Alentejo, Portugal

I have a confession to make. An apology too. The European Wine Bloggers excursion into the Alentejo was an excellent experience. The first stop was atRead More

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