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Portugal Offers ‘Best Value’ in UK Supermarkets

written by Robert McIntosh | 19th December 2014

Of course we want the BEST wine. But let’s be honest, we don’t mean the ‘best’ like Magnus Carlsen is the Best Chess player in the World, or Noma is the Best Restaurant in the World. What we really mean is something more like: “I want the wine that will give me the most pleasure for the amount of...

An incredible Porto dining experience at DOP by Rui Paula

written by Robert McIntosh | 9th December 2013

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...
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Douro Valley Premium Wine Tour

The Douro Valley is by far one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world and a incredible destination...

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Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting

For thousands of years, Portugal has not only made wine but has been very natural in its production. It...

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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Churchills Port House Pops Up in London

written by Robert McIntosh | 14th November 2013

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...

Spanish Wine gets Real in London

written by Robert McIntosh | 24th April 2013

“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...

What Port to Choose and When

written by Robert McIntosh | 16th November 2012

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...

The Nature of the Douro

written by Robert McIntosh | 7th November 2012

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...
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