Good pair of wines, perfect intro for those who aren’t familiar with Portuguese whites Tons de Duorum Douro White 2013, Portugal (£8.50 Tanners) Comes across like a Bordeaux Sauvignon that’s had a dollop of Gewürztraminer added, with its crisp tinned pear flavours pepped up with more exotic ginger and lychee […]

Two Portuguese whites

Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff […]

Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal

Interesting fact: the Fernão Pires grape changes sex and becomes Maria Gomes as you travel further north in Portugal… (In fact many Portuguese grapes have dual identities – Sousão/Vinhão, Aragonez/Tinta Roriz, Trincadeira/Tinta Amarela etc) Tagus Creek Chardonnay/Fernão Pires 2013, Tejo, Portugal (£6.49 Asda) Simple but honest and tasty wine, with […]

Tagus Creek Chardonnay/Fernão Pires 2013

Adega de Monção Vinho Verde 2011 (£5.95 The Wine Society) Young and briny, with an Alka Seltzer/sherbetty spritz, and tangy pear and ripe red apple flesh. B+ Quinta da Romaneira Douro White 2011 (£16.99 Corks Out, Wine Utopia, Winearray, The Fine Wine Company, Exel Wines, The Wine Reserve, Liberty Wines) […]

Wine Tasting Video: Portuguese White, Rosé & Port

Château de Sours Bordeaux Rosé 2011, France (~£11 Private Cellar, Goedhuis, Bon Coeur Fine Wines) Really not sure about this wine. There’s a fleshy side to it, with quite full raspberry and plum fruit, and a citrus tang to keep it fresh, but the bottle I tried was very gawky […]

Wine Tasting Video: Rosés from Bordeaux & Portugal