Reserva Especial 2009: Could it have been a Barca Velha?

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?

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2018

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

MUST Wine Summit 2017 (Cascais, Portugal, June 7-9)

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)

10 ways to get the most out of ProWein 2017

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

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. ‪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

Visit and Vintage Tasting at Quinta do Noval

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. Despite not having much time available on the week schedule, I couldn't help stopping by Quinta do Noval para matar saudades and taste … Continue reading Visit and Vintage Tasting at Quinta do Noval