Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port, Douro Portugal (ÂŁ15.70 Planet of the Grapes, New Street Wine Shop, Cambridge Wines) Gentle, soft, juicy style, round and mellow with a wealth of plummy berry and damson flavour and warming spirit giving it some fire in its belly. Maybe a touch simple but very […]

Fortified wines – Port & Madeira

Waitrose Solera Jerezana Palo Cortado (Lustau) NV, Jerez, Spain (ÂŁ8.99 Waitrose) Yum. Rich but dry style, think of the flavours in Christmas cake with a tangy, biting briny edge, very moreish, with lovely depth and freshness, could sip this all evening. S(+) Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal (ÂŁ22.00 Booths, […]

Wine Tasting Video: Fortified wine – Port, Sherry & Madeira

Samos Co-op Anthemis 2005, Samos, Greece (ÂŁ7.50/half The Wine Society) The classic barley sugar and grapey headiness of Muscat are joined by gentle floral and fresh vanilla edges. Sweet and sticky, in a fruit-cake-y way, but still has some zesty orange peel acidity to keep it fresh. B+ Warre’s Otima […]

Wine Tasting Video: Port, Madeira, Samos Muscat & PX Sherry

Barbeito Single Harvest Meio Seco 2000 (ÂŁ19 per 50cl  Butlers Wine Cellar, Amps Fine Wines, Selfridges, Uncorked, Reserve Wines) Fresh and remarkably young for an 11-year-old, although this is quite dry (not bone dry), it’s almost Muscat-y, with a grapey/barley sugar character, gentle toasty nuttiness and something peaty almost like […]

Wine Tasting Video: Five Madeiras