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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...

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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...

Tags:  port, Douro

2013  Unusually cool conditions in April and May and a tinder dry summer slowed grape development resulting in a low-yielding, tardy harvest of generally high quality.  2012 in the...

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There are various landscapes that get under your skin. I've been on safari in southern Africa only once and for a very short time, but I defy anyone exposed to the haunting rawness of the terrain...

Tags:  Portugal, Douro, port

See associated tasting notes on Noval, Nacional etc Nine years ago I interviewed the Englishman at the head of AXA's wine division, AXA Millésimes. Then 44, Christian Seely  spoke...

Tags:  port, Douro

Partly to celebrate his 20 years in charge of Quinta do Noval in the Douro valley, the port estate that is now also producing Douro table wine, Christian Seely hosted a rare tasting of the...

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Quinta da Romaneira is one of the biggest wine estates in the Douro Valley and has been one of its most ambitious recent developments. With backing from investment company IDI, AXA's wine man...

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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...

Tags:  port, Portugal, Douro

What's the opposite of diversification? That's certainly what the Symington family seem set on. The Portugal-based family company that already owns Graham's, Dow's, Warre's, Smith Woodhouse,...

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Port, for many of us, is inextricably related to weather. In England, it is strictly a seasonal drink, to be sipped by log fires during long nights. Not quite so many would think of a white port...

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Paul Symington sends the following news from the Douro Valley in Portugal: We are probably mad to do this in these difficult times, but we are pleased to announce that we have acquired...

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To the bemusement of many observers, The Fladgate Partnership responsible for such ports as Taylor's, Fonseca and Croft, with the Quinta de Vargellas (pictured) their flagship winery, has...

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I asked Paul Symington to amplify his remarks about the new places to stay and eat in the Douro Valley made in yesterday's article New museum, new mood in the Douro and this is his response:...

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Paul Symington of the eponymous and powerful port shippers sends this report of developments in northern Portugal. He could hardly be said to be impartial but most wine lovers should learn a...

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