Category Archives: Douro

Sneak Preview WoW: Lello Tinto 2009, Douro, $8

This Wine of the Week is a real “WoW”! The Lello Tinto 2009 from Portugal’s magnificent Douro Valley is the best Douro wine I’ve tasted under $10. The 2009 is better even that previous vintages. If price has kept you … Continue reading

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Crashing the Party at Quinta do Crasto

The recent harvest wasn’t a disaster everywhere, after all. Portugal’s Douro Valley enjoyed exceptional weather and a “classic” harvest, according to Miguel Roquette, marketing director for Quinta do Crasto winery, which his family has owned for more than a century. … Continue reading

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“Tawny – How I Loves Ya’, How I Loves Ya’ …. “

A reader posed this question on this week’s Free Range chat by The Washington Post’s Food section. Since she hit upon one of my favorite subjects – Port – I thought I’d share her question and my response: Help with … Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide: Port

Looking for a wine to give a wine lover? Champagne comes to mind, but a less obvious and equally impressive choice is Port. In today’s Washington Post, I recommend some vintage and some edgy new ruby Ports that make worthy … Continue reading

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NostraWINEus predicts 2010 …

What’s up for wine lovers in 2010? Here are a few prognostications … An increasing emphasis on value over stature as the recession maintains its downward pressure on wine prices. Consumers will continue to “drink down” and look for wines … Continue reading

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From A-List to Riffraff in 12 Hours at Vinexpo

One very important aspect of Vinexpo is the industry’s effort to flatter the press. On Sunday evening, the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 Médoc et Sauternes hosted a black-tie dinner at Château Lafite-Rothschild in honor of the international … Continue reading

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Visual Terroir

Sometimes a  photo doesn€™t need to show grapes, vines, barrels or bottles to illustrate wine. While researching a column on the dry wines of the Douro Valley in Portugal, I came across this photo I took last July at Quinta … Continue reading

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