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Jun
23

Niepoort Batuta 2004

Niepoort is not only my favourite producer of dry wines in the Douro, but they are among my favourite in the world. Their true beauty arises from bottle age. So,

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Apr
22

Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro 2012

Last fall I spent a week in the Douro valley. It’s a truly beautiful place. The wines can be uneven, but the best sing. One of the most passionate and

Aug
3

Arnot Roberts Luschsinger Vineyard Rosé 2013

There is much more to the “new” California than the re-invention of Chardonnay. In my opinion Arnot-Roberts is one of the most consistent producers of the “new” California. While they

Nov
23

Quinta do Crasto Old Vines Reserva 2005

Quinta do Crasto has long been known as one of the best dry wine producers in Portugal. They are located in the Douro and make modern, highly flavourful wines from

Jan
17

Niepoort Vertente Douro 2009

I love Niepoort. Their tawnies are amongst the best in Porto, their vintage ports hit well above their renown and the LBV’s are sleepers. In my mind only Quinta do

Oct
5

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Quinta do Roriz Prazo de Roriz 2006

After a long hiatus, the Portuguese spotlight continues. I rarely review entry level wines, which is a shame given that simple wines often bring far greater pleasure and drinkability than

Sep
25

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Quinta de Pancas Touriga Nacional Reserva 2008

Much of the Portuguese wine we see in North American markets tend toward big, rich fruity red wines aged in considerable oak. The heaviness of oak often brings the already

Aug
30

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2003

Probably the best represented of Portugal’s top wineries in British Columbia, Quinta do Crasto has been making wine for almost 400 years. It is now run by the Roquette family

Aug
20

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval 2007

Quinta do Noval is becoming one of the more important houses in Portugal for dry red wine. Situated in the Douro, Quinta do Noval was founded in 1715 and started

Aug
12

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Lemos & Van Zeller CV Curriculum Vitae 2005

Cristiano Van Zeller is one of the most famous names for dry wine in Portugal. Now owner of Quinta do Vale Donna Maria, he has had his stamp on a