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From €5.75, 12.50 Swiss francs, £11.95 Find the 2012 white Find the 2011 white Find the 2011 red I do try not to be repetitive, and I know that I also...

Tags:  Portugal, Douro

Belgrave Square is one of London's smartest addresses, giving its name to Belgravia, the rich kernel of one of the world's richest cities. It is not the natural milieu of scruffy wine writers but,...

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There was a real buzz at the recent New Douro tasting at the Portuguese embassy in London. The tasting spilled into a second handsome reception room for the first time. Old acquaintances,...

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See Douro tasting notes in Douro for dummies .   In an ideal world I'd take all my notes when tasting wine and visiting vineyards straight on to my laptop. I hereby apologise to...

Tags:  Douro, port

I had the great pleasure of spending time in the magical Douro Valley recently, concentrating on improving my acquaintance with three significant (and nearby - travel in the Douro is not easy)...

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Paul Symington provides this update on the fortunes of the recent Douro Valley grape harvest. This year we had a real Douro winter. Good levels of rain fell throughout the last...

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My enthusiastic account of the recently declared 2011 vintage ports provoked very different responses from the two major players in the international port business. (I have yet, by the way, to...

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See the guide to Julia's Portuguese marathon for further articles in the series - those already published and those set for publication this week. These 331 tasting notes were taken...

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From €6.50, 14 Swiss francs, £9.59, 109 Swedish krone, 140 Norwegian krone Find this wine Talk about serendipity. At the big Portuguese generic wine tasting in London...

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I have just returned from the Douro, where this year's harvest began as early as August, much earlier than the mid-September norm. For those who have never seen the Douro Valley, it is a marvel...

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Paul Symington (second from the left) of the Symington Family Estates, producers of Graham's, Dow's, Warre's ports et al, wrote the following report at the beginning of this week as the last of...

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Purple pagers take note. The organisers of the annual New Douro tasting in London are for the first time opening their doors to wine enthusiasts, Purple pagers to be exact. Usually reserved for...

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The following 88 notes were taken in the Douro in the July heat of high summer, where heavyweight reds are hardly the order of the day. Much more impressive, then, that they all seemed so...

Of all the things I came across in the Douro Valley in Portugal recently – luxury yachts, gigantic ants, pink port , infinity pools – an abundance of delicious white wines was by far the...

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A brief visit to the Douro last month yielded some interesting tastings of both ports and table wines, on which I will be reporting, but also these snapshots of the tribulations of life as a vine....

Tags:  Douro, hail, viticulture
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