Blogging from the Douro valley, part 6. My favourite red Douro wine has long been Quinta do Vale Dona Maria, and I visit the winery to find out why it’s so good. The answer?
Blogging from the Douro valley, part 5. I stay at the 18th-century Quinta do Vallado where owner Francisco Ferreira and winemaker Xito Olazabal have been making qualitative leaps and bounds.
Enjoying tea in location… in wine country.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 4. Douro wines are great but let’s not forget what made this region famous: port. In a memorable tasting I go back to the 1957 vintage of this majestic wine at Burmester, a historical house.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 3. Douro Superior is the Next Big Thing. Vale Meão, founded the 1877 by the famous Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and still run by her descendants, already makes great wines here, and everybody else is trying to follow.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 2. My best photos of Quinta do Crasto.
Live blogging from the Douro valley, part 1. I visit Quinta do Crasto, famous for its swimming pool and great wines. The latter proves to be true. But quality is never an accident.
A wine can be balanced at 15% alcohol, it turns out.
Well, almost. Let’s say 62 grand cru level wines that were poured during a morning and afternoon session at Robert Mielżyński’s annual Grand Cru event. As leisurely as it sounds […]