Even if my wine passion doesn’t function in terms of QPR, Quality Price Ratio, it is sometimes impossible to overlook as in the case of the 2007 Vallado from Quinta do Vallado in the Douro Valley.
Diluted wine juice? Or perhaps one of those modern rosé’s which seem to have lost their pinkish pale rim? No, this is simply burgundy red and although we’re not in France it is the Spätburgunder displaying its pale colour! Should wine be judged by its colouring this would most likely not score many [...]
“Some years ago I was driving from Bairrada to the Dão valley, using the old road between the Caramulo mountain and the Buçaco castle. I was struck by the beauty of nature and the authenticity of a region lost in time. My eyes fell on a fantastic old vineyard surrounded by granitic stones [...]
I’ve prepared the Pollo Cacciatora on dozens of occasions over the years and can easily say there are few matches so good as a fruit driven young Sangiovese! Last night it was Cacciatora time and I opened up one of my best finds last year – the 2007 Il Volano by Molino di [...]
“Chile? I don’t even need to taste the wine. You can just stick a bottle up my arse and I can tell you where the wine’s from.”
You’ve read it before – the words of André van Rensburg at Vergelegen. Prejudices? Or is it a fact that Chilean wines are that easy [...]
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that the Merlot grape can turn out some really nice wines in the Pfalz region – not when considering the almost Mediterranean climate some parts of the region enjoys. Pfalz can produce white wines with plentiful of tropical scents, fatness and and an acidity [...]
The Torta de Azeitão is pure magic – especially with a glass of Moscatel de Setúbal accompanying. Or the Queijo de Azeitão – a cheese made from sheep’s milk and cardoon thistle that distinguishes it from the more traditional animal rennet.
Besides these contributions to the national gourmet treasury, the sleepy little village [...]
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