Douro

    Gold Rush: Olive Oil Harvest in Napa, and Olive Oils of Portugal

    Olives in Napa the Matthiasson crew harvesting olives for milling, Napa, Oct 2014 Olives are ripe in Napa Valley. Their harvest has begun. Yesterday, the Matthiassons harvested olives and brought them to the mill to press into oil. They use the oil for personal consumption, and also make it available to their wine club members as an option to add to club shipments.

    4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

    Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

    Sur la scène vinicole, lorsqu’on évoque le Portugal la première chose qui vient en tête est le fameux Porto. La renommée de la région repose en grande partie sur ce vin fortifié. Au Québec (du moins), ce qui attire le plus l’attention depuis quelques années est la qualité et le bon rapport qualité-prix des vins provenant de la vallée du Douro.

    3 readers - By Julien Marchand/ Chez Julien

      A few drinks from our International Gold Cup weekend.

      Hogshead - A Wine Blog - - 1 readers - A few drinks from our International Gold Cup weekend. Our weekend was dedicated to the International Gold Cup steeplechase held in Virginia. Between hanging out at home with an old friend and drinking wine at the Gold Cup we went through a variety of wines. It was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day at the races so I spent my time chatting and tasting. Which meant I did not take any pictures.

      Altano Organic Douro Red 2012, a brilliant bargain

      jamie goode's wine blog - - This is a brilliant bargain! It’s a grown-up, proper Douro red for less than a tenner. The Symingtons are the largest organic farmer in the Douro with 126 hectares of organic vines (clearly, there is some way to go in a region with around 36 000 hectares – the chief problem is weed control on terraces, which is really hard to do mechanically, and sometimes impossible).

      Wine on company time

      Godello - - Algonquin Park, October 2014 From the Middle English octobre and the Latin October, meaning “eight,” just how the month of October became the Julian and Gregorian 10th is a matter of bad juju. The corporate bumbling by way of the insertion of January and February into the Roman calendar screwed up all available etymological kismet.

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      Altano Organic Douro Red 2012, a brilliant bargain

      …, ripe blackberry and black cherry aromatics. Quite lush but with good definition, and notes of liqourice and violet. The palate is supple and ripe with a hint of chocolatey oak, as well as sweet black fruits and a bit of damson. Grippy, stony finish. Very Douro, with some hints of meat and olive. 91/100 (£9.99 Waitrose, but on offer until 28/10/14 at £7.99) …

      By jamie goode's wine blog

      A few drinks from our International Gold Cup weekend.

      …-altitude fruit in Spain. The particular cool factor is that the fruit is fermented in 12th century stone vats located in a mountainside. The resultant wine had herbaceous, brighter fruit with outstanding crunchy acidity. The 2007 Mas de Boislauzon, Chateauneuf du Pape and 2007 Mas de Boislauzon, Tintot Special Cuvee, Chateauneuf du Pape were a fun…

      1 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

      … du vignoble lorsque la maturité moyenne est adéquate. Vieilles vignes de variétés diverses à la Quinta do Seixo Dans toute cette diversité de terroirs et de cépages, est-ce qu’on retrouve quand même une direction commune? Certainement, grâce au talent d’assemblage que possèdent les vignerons de la région. La ligne directrice des vins de la…

      3 readers - By Julien Marchand/ Chez Julien

      Wine on company time

      … Algonquin Park, October 2014 From the Middle English octobre and the Latin October, meaning “eight,” just how the month of October became the Julian and Gregorian 10th is a matter of bad juju. The corporate bumbling by way of the insertion of January and February into the Roman calendar screwed up all available etymological kismet. Perhaps…

      By Michael Godel/ Godello

      2011 Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas Portuguese wines from the...

      … 2011 Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas Portuguese wines from the Douro make me smile. Lovely nose of black cherries, cinnamon, dried cranberries, figs, and sweet dates. Black and red cherries on the palate with lots of figs, baking spices, wood, and earth. Very nice! 4/5 bones $$$ Touriga Nacional and other Portuguese red blend varietals 14.5% abv Douro, PORTUGAL …

      1 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting

      … Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot ‘Marquis de Laguiche’ 2011 Burgundy, France From a 2.5 hectare plot, this is ripe but restrained with nice textured pear fruit and some brighter citrus notes as well as some stony, mineral character in the background. Creamy and with some delicacy. 92/100 Egon-Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2013 Mosel, Germany…

      4 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Changes in the Douro

      … You are going to be, (or have already have been) hearing a lot about red wines from the Douro region in Portugal. This was traditionally the home of Port, but savvy producers are off-setting the declining market for Port by converting some of their energies to the production of red table wines. Often resulting in reds with the type…

      3 readers - By Billy's Best Bottles

      Two Affordable Red Wines from AXA Millesimes

      … in Paulillac, Suduiraut (First growth) in Sauternes and Petit-Village in Pomerol; the distinguished Domaine de L’Arlot in Burgundy; Disznóko in Hungary, producer of top-notch Tokaj; and Quinto do Noval, one of the oldest — dating back to 1715 — and most prestigious Port properties in the Douro Valley. Man and woman cannot, however, live by expensive…

      1 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Pre- and post-run wines from last weekend at Pichon

      … Medoc marathon winner Philippe Remond Château Suduiraut 2006 Sauternes, Bordeaux, France This is sensational. Honeyed crystalline fruits with caramel richness and some toast. Complex smoky apricots with orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and white pepper spiciness. Complex and complete. 95/100 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2003 Douro, Portugal Quite…

      8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      A Day in the Douro with Quinta dos Murcas in Photos

      … Photos from Visiting the Douro with Quinta Dos Murcas After two days in Alentejo we drove to the Cima Corgo region of the Douro to spend a day with Assobio, and Quinta Dos Murcas. Vineyard manager, Margarida Figuerieda brought us to the top of the vineyard in the back of a small pickup truck to see the first vertical vineyard planted…

      4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

      … essential to produce premium wines, so one must the search for the best terroir to plant each variety. Then, natural winemaking is necessary – no additives or chemical additions – to allow the grapes to express their true nature. I also prefer to craft wines with soft tannins, which invite you to enjoy a second and perhaps a third glass. I believe…

      15 readers - By Albert Pak/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Taylor made Port

      … Taylor Fladgate 10, 20, 30 and 40 Year-Old Tawny Ports, Single Harvest 1964, Single Harvest 1863 Taylor, Fladgate, & Yeatman. A name synonymous with Port. Purveyors of exceptional, axiomatic and accessible Port. Last week we WineAlign critics gathered (David Lawrason, John Szabo, Sara d’Amato and Julian Hitner) to taste a rare selection…

      3 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello