English Wine

Mid October’s mini-southwest vineyard visits Our jaunt to the southwest of England to see vineyards on Saturday 15th October – a late summer day was fine and seemingly warm & sunny – luckily for us, especially for the 320 miles round trip! Having spent part of my childhood in south…

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Steam Trains and Wine

While spending a few days in the Alsace wine region, famous for its Cremants d’Alsace, its Rieslings, its Gewurztraminers and its Pinot Gris. I couldn’t help thinking how different the latter is in Alsace from its Italian counterpart of the same Grape varietal. Much sweeter and fruitier. As a whole,…

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Wine Harvest in the Douro Valley

Blue sky. Perfect temperature. The occasional tweets of birds talking to each other, the buzzing of a fly. The near-total silence of the vine-carpeted mountainside interrupted as the truck’s engine spluttered into life. Victor plunged our truck down the rocky dirt track and the tyres spewed clouds of dust in…

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Tasting Vinhos Norte Wines

The other day I had occasion, at a Portuguese Wine Tasting, to re-taste the range of Vinho Verde Wines produced by Vinhos Norte, one of the producers partnering with us on our Portuguese Wine Tours. In the whites, the Alvarinho grape predominates; a number of their wines are blended with…

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Our Competition Answers

Many of our Competition Entrants asked if they could see the competition answers. They are published below.  8 people got to round 2 and 5 people made it to round 3. Nobody got the exact answers to round 3, but we decided to give a prize on the tie-breaker  to…

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Wine Tour in the Douro Valley

The Douro is blessed with an incredible climate for growing vines and fruit trees. It has heat coupled with a plentiful supply of water from the rivers, but the terrain is harsh and mountainous, necessitating much human toil that has been taken over by machines in flat wine-producing regions.

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