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An incredible Porto dining experience at DOP by Rui Paula

If you are visiting Porto, make sure to plan an evening of dining pleasure at Rui Paula’s DOP restaurant for stunning food and wine and the modern face of Portuguese gastronomic culture. Rui Paula is a name that any visitor to the Douro should be familiar with. Self-taught Chef Rui Paula is the name behind DOC, the very successful gastronomic destination housed on a pier (unfortunately for the pun, not a dock) sitting on the Douro River itself on the main road between Régua and Pinhao. DOC is a must-visit destination offering fantastic views, food, service and wines. DOC established Rui Paula’s reputation not only for quality, but also as an inventive chef whose creations are beautiful without being outlandish, […]

Churchills Port House Pops Up in London

When should you drink Port? The answer is, always! As an aperitif, with food, with company, with dessert, with ease. That’s why it is so exciting to see London’s first Port House open, albeit as a temporary pop-up, with Churchill’s Port House. Over the years, decades even, Port has been relegated to an after-dinner drink, too often associated with leather-armchairs-and-roaring-fireplace moments rather than everyday occasions. Whilst there would probably be nothing better than enjoying a delicious glass of aged Tawny by the fire this winter, we don’t get many of these moments in our modern lives. Port wines are more varied than most consumers realise, and they are perfect partners for many more modern occasions, so the challenge is to […]

Spanish Wine gets Real in London

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. Love only what we understand. Understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum The line of Spanish wine tables stood proudly in the centre of the room. The combined annual production of these 15 wineries wouldn’t keep the smallest Madrid tapas bar in wine for a month, yet here they were representing their country at The Real Wine Fair in faraway London. Why? Because it seems that despite the British obsession with discounts, despite our cynicism for the term ‘Natural Wines‘, and despite the competition from all over the world, Britain is still a haven for wine mavericks. These wineries are here fighting for their survival in large part […]

What Port to Choose and When

So, you’ve heard all about Port and it sounds fantastic, life-enhancing and a gift from nature, but which one to drink? Sometimes the stuff we build to help make sense of life actually gets in the way of enjoying it. It is useful to categorise port by how it is made and aged but then the options can seem daunting. What matters is how it is going to be enjoyed, not how it was made. The reality is that you only really have to ask yourself 2 simple questions to get a good idea of what port style to choose. The next time you realise that there simply hasn’t been enough Port in your life recently, and that happens surprisingly […]

The Nature of the Douro

Take a look at these images of the Douro Valley. What do you see? What strikes you? The colours? The contrasts? The undulating lines and shadows? Or maybe, the ability of mankind to carve a living out of such a difficult landscape? The Douro Valley is rightly considered a wonder of Nature. The river extends for 900 kilometres throughout Iberia, as both the Douro and Duero, and carves its way from the Portuguese border to the Atlantic when it reaches Porto. On its journey, the Douro river has carved a meandering path that is simply mesmerising from every viewpoint. The contours of the hills and valleys seems to dance in elegant patterns around each other. It may not have the […]

Fantastic Tapas Event in London for Rioja Lovers

It is a very clever name, if you think about it. Tapas Fantasticas. Not Rioja Fantastica, or a mundane “Spanish Wine Festival” that would appeal only to the converts. The objective is to enthuse regular wine consumers who love drinking wine but don’t consider themselves wine experts, to explore the wines of Rioja. These people are looking for tasty experiences and treats – and “tapas culture” has come to be recognised for exactly that. So what could be more appealing than fantastic tapas and wine? The fourth edition of Tapas Fantasticas took place on July 14-15 2012, in the heart of London and in the shadow of Tower Bridge and its new Olympic ‘bling’. As in previous years, Wines from […]