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Portugal Revisited – 4. Adega Ponte de Lima


Lima Valley in the north of Portugal is the birthplace of Loureiro – the wonderful white grape of Vinho Verde with the scent of laurel leaves. “Lima Valley has the best terroir for Loureiro” Dirk Niepoort once told me. He gets Luis Cerdeira of Soalheiro in Melgaço to make him an excellent varietal Loureiro called Dócil which I…

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Portugal Revisited – 3. Palácio da Brejoeira.


Palácio da Brejoeira is an early nineteenth century neo-classical manor house with beautifully decorated rooms, magnificent furniture, extensive formal gardens and vineyards in the Minho sub-region of Monção. It was declared a Portuguese National Heritage site in 1910 and opened to the public in 2010. We visited Palácio da Brejoeira on our way back to Ponte…

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Tasting Lopez de Heredia, Ultra-traditional Rioja


Yesterday I presented some of the top wines of the Haro Bodega Lopez de Heredia to members and guests of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society. Chamonix Reserve White 2013 was served with Spanish goat’s cheese before the tasting. Winemaker Gottfried Mocke makes this classically styled Cape blend from around 60% sauvignon blanc with the balance semillon…

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Tasting Top End Guigal


Two days ago we tasted some of the top wines of the celebrated Rhone producer Guigal with brand ambassador Brett Critenden in Harrogate. Eight wines were tasted: Condrieu 2013: This is 100% Viognier from low yielding 30 year old vines grown on steep sand and granite terraced slopes, fermented in 30% new oak barrels. Despite the…