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

Aug
25

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Quinta do Ameal Eschola Branco 2004

As I mentioned earlier in this spotlight, white wine of merit is somewhat of a rarity in Portugal. In particular, Vinho Verde (aka Minho), a wine region north of Oporto,

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

Jul
24

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Chocapalha Branco Reserva 2005

Today I move away from the famous Douro Valley to the less well known Estremadura region located near Lisbon. Part of its lack of notoriety arises from the fact that

Jul
22

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Chryseia Post Scriptum Douro 2004

My new profile holds a place close to my heart. When I visited Spain on vacation one year ago, I happened to be one of those travellers who was stranded