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The Vinha Centenária of Quinta Nova

by  |  29-04-2022

I've enjoyed getting to know the Douro Valley more in recent years, especially in following the evolution of Quinta Nova. A producer of both fine dry wines as well as Ports, it was through a... more » I've enjoyed getting to know the Douro Valley more in recent years,... more »
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A taste of Tejo through Falua’s Conde Vimioso

by  |  14-03-2022

Portugal doesn't lack for wine excitement these days. That's impressive given that it's a relatively small size on the Iberian Peninsula and small islands in the Atlantic. Big things come in small packages however as... more » Portugal doesn't lack for wine excitement these days. That's impressive given that... more »

A Portugal Vineyards selection II

by  |  18-01-2022

If you're like me (and if you're reading this, you probably are), then you can't get enough Portuguese wine in your life. Give that, I present you with Round II of this select tasting from... more » If you're like me (and if you're reading this, you probably are),... more »

In The Glass: Diana V. Silva – Ilha Tinta Negra 2018

by  |  15-12-2021

There are two things that connect me with the Portuguese island of Madeira. The first is familial as my great-grandmother was from there. Like any rootless Caucasian American I suppose that gives me some kind... more » There are two things that connect me with the Portuguese island of... more »

In The Glass: Susana Esteban – Sem Vergonha 2018

by  |  25-11-2021

This has been such a strange year in terms of the wine harvest where I’m based in Priorat. Due to a cooler summer, everyone was just sitting around, waiting and waiting to start, but unable... more » This has been such a strange year in terms of the wine... more »

A Portugal Vineyards selection

by  |  08-11-2021

A constant topic of conversation in the household is about the wines we're not drinking. Spanish, French, and Italian usually have very solid representation but outside of those we're often lacking in other countries we'd... more » A constant topic of conversation in the household is about the wines... more »

In The Glass: Niepoort Nat’cool Tinto 2017

by  |  13-04-2020 ~ 5 Comments

While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online, once it arrived, the presentation was a bit perplexing. The one liter bottle format was solid and welcome (Elisabeta Foradori does a similar... more » While the Niepoort name had piqued interest to buy this wine online,... more »

Woe be the soul who must memorize declared years of Vintage Ports

by  |  13-03-2020

A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to the of the Court of Master Sommeliers–is the requirement to have at the ready, all the years where Vintage Ports were declared. “Oh... more » A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to... more »

A hop across the Douro: Quinta de Tourais

by  |  02-03-2020

When heading to the Douro Valley for The New Douro tasting last year, I came across a little hotel called, Original Douro Hotel in Peso da Régua. It was a touch more expensive than some... more » When heading to the Douro Valley for The New Douro tasting last... more »

A bit of the pre-Douro: Niepoort – Diálogo Tinto 2015

by  |  03-06-2019

Today I find myself freshly arrived in the Douro Valley, apparently slipping in on the end of a mini heatwave. The last time I came here, I ended up driving through rampant forest fires. This... more » Today I find myself freshly arrived in the Douro Valley, apparently slipping... more »