Introduced to me by two very good friends on a decadent night out in Beijing, the Xiao Long Bao was one of the many exciting food discoveries of this year's trip to China in May. Often called a "soup dumpling", XLB (as it is known by the cool kids) is one of the most popular … Continue reading Xiao Long Bao
There’s a new Reserva Especial. 2009 has been officially declared a Reserva Especial year. Only the 17th edition of Reserva Especial since its was first released in 1960, Reserva Especial is an iconic Douro red wine. Only released by Casa Ferreirinha in years where, after ageing, bottling and regular tasting and consideration, it is finally not deemed … Continue reading Reserva Especial 2009: Could it have been a Barca Velha?
The Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018 is out! After many visits and countless tastings I’ve selected only 150 Portuguese full entries but managed to mention many more. It includes recommendations of “best vintages” (for Barca Velha, for example) and “good values” (for many top reds, whites and Ports). Only a dozen of Top Winery … Continue reading Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018
Fabulous tasting of 20 Years of Quinta do Monte d’Oiro, 1997 to 2017. Grégory Viennois (consultant winemaker) says Monte d’Oiro has the influence of Bordeaux (proximity to sea), influence of Rhone (Syrah and Viogner) and influence of Burgundy (single vineyard). I say it had to come from the Lisbon wine region. Some outstanding bottles like … Continue reading 20 Years of Quinta do Monte d’Oiro
A new Alentejo icon. Only 2nd edition. Irresistible Alicante Bouschet fruit (with dash of Syrah) from cool(er) Vidigueira terroir. World class winemaking by Luís Cabral de Almeida (ex Finca Flichman, Argentina). Direct addition to any Best of Alentejo wine list.
The first ever global Wine Summit is happening next June in Portugal. For 3 consecutive days the new international wine conference will bring together a remarkable list of world-renowned speakers and participants to the beautiful seaside village of Cascais, 30 kilometres away from Lisbon. MUST is a one-of-a-kind meeting point. Wine industry leaders will get together to debate the wine sector, its ideas, … Continue reading MUST Wine Summit 2017 (Cascais, Portugal, June 7-9)
ProWine is one of the biggest international wine trade shows in the world. It takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany and welcomes over 55,000 wine professionals every year in March. Over 6,000 exhibitors will be at Prowein looking to grab your attention and showcase their products and services. With so many people to talk to and an equally high number of … Continue reading 10 ways to get the most out of ProWein 2017
The results are out. The the 8th edition of the competition, organized by gastronomy blog Mesa Marcada (with a record-breaking jury of 147 gastronomy-related people), has awarded The 10 Favourite Restaurants and 10 Favourite Chefs in Portugal in 2016. Favourite Chef and Favourite Restaurant in 2016 Chef João Rodrigues and Feitoria Restaurant (run by the same chef) were … Continue reading The 10 Favourite Restaurants and Chefs in Portugal in 2016 (by Mesa Marcada)
Off to an exciting start of the year with a wine trip to the Douro Valley. During 3 days I’ve visited a few wineries, met and discussed with producers and barrel-tasted some 2015s and 2016s wines. Definitely a promising year ahead with some very good releases in the horizon. Wine & Soul's Douro winemaking couple Sandra Tavares da Silva & Jorge Serôdio Borges (of Pintas fame) are painstakingly restoring … Continue reading A Wine & Soul renovation at Quinta da Manoella
Off to an exciting start of the year with a wine trip to the Douro Valley. During 3 days I've visited a few wineries, met and discussed with producers and barrel-tasted some 2015s and 2016s wines. Definitely a promising year ahead with some very good releases in the horizon. Father (Domingos, a Douro table wine … Continue reading The Legacy of Alves de Sousa