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Jun
10

Conceito Douro Branco 2013

You should only believe in yourself if you have no hope. The more you achieve, the less belief is required. The closer to the apex you reach, the more belief

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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

Oct
1

Graham’s Vintage Port 1983

Soon I will be off to Portugal for a sponsored press trip exploring Porto and the Douro Valley. Portugal is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world

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
16

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Esporao Reserva White 2006

The spotlight on Portuguese dry wine draws to a close with this white blend from Esporao. Esporao’s red and white reserva wines are good examples of how overly modern fruit

Oct
14

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Esporao Reserva Red 2005

With this wine we move into the Alentejo region in southeastern Portugal. Warm and dry, the Alentejo is home to large expanses of loam soils along with smaller parcels of

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