Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Excellent #winelover dinner @Enoteca de Bélem

 #winelovers on a roll @Enoteca de Bélem
Wall of the Enoteca's WC 

Last night, the day after the Adegga Christmas 2016 Wine Market a group of us had an excellent and very enjoyable dinner at the excellent Enoteca de Bélemanother link here. This small enoteca opened in 2009 adding a kitchen in 2011. 

Nelson Guerreiro is the front of house and Ricardo Gonçalves rattles the pots and pans to great effect. We had a delicious 35€ tasting menu. As there are just a few tables booking is strongly advised.

2015 Reserva (Branco) Quinta da Boa Esperança

Early arrivals limbered up with this new discovery – the 2015 Reserva (Vinho Regional Lisboa – white) from Quinta da Boa Esperança. This is a blend of Arinto (60%) and Ferñao Pires (40%). We were very impressed by this well balanced white with sensitively used oak. This estate has recently been discovered by the Enoteca, who are also decidedly impressed.     

 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Quinta da Boa Esperança

 We also tried Esperança's attractively mineral Sauvignon Blanc, although as always I wonder why Portuguese producers bother with international varieties like Sauvignon Blanc when they have such a treasure trove of indigenous varieties. 

Delicate meat pie as a mise en bouche 

 Goats' cheese and apple pastries with grilled walnuts 

 2015 Verdelho Original, Azores, Antonio Maçanita 
Lovely pure, crisp precise wine from the Azores 

The rest of the wines were kindly supplied by Andre Ribeirinho. They were tasted blind. 

Brilliant octopus dish
– just perfectly cooked
dominó, Monte Pratas, by Vitor Claro made 
in association with Dirk Niepoort

2006 Charme, Douro, Niepoort 
One wine I did recognise 
or at least it was Niepoort due to its 
finesse and delicacy.
Made from a blend of Tinta Roriz, 
Touriga Franca and others
Vale de Mendiz in the Pinhão Valley   

2007 Charme, Niepoort
We should have had the 07, which is a very good Douro vintage 
but André decided that it wasn't showing well – rather short 
so substituted the 06

We tried the dominó and the 2006 Charme with the octopus dish (above) – my preference was was the Charme – the delicate red matching the dish better.  

Veal with sweet potato duchess and chestnuts
– another fine dish

2013 Abandonado, Douro, Alves da Sousa

With the meat course we had two fine wines from Alves da Sousa. Firstly the 2013 Abandonado from a Douro vineyard that had been abandoned followed by the fine 2011 Quinta da Gaivosa. I thought the softer, more opulent Quinta da Gaivosa was a better match for the veal than the Abandonado with its higher acidity.    

2011 Quinta da Gaivosa, Douro, Alves da Sousa

An amazing treat and high note to finish on: 
1941 Colheita from Kopke 

#winelover Magnus Reuterdahl 
Magnus composes another tweet...

... still on a roll......

Friday, 2 December 2016

Adegga Christmas Wine Market 2016 – some photos

Adegga Winemarket @The Marriott Hotel, Lisbon

A vertical of Niepoort's Batuta (Douro): 1999-2014
a highlight of the Premium Room 

Deliocious chocolates filled with Port and Madeira
One of the Port chocs went well with Noval Vintage 1994 
giving it added complexity 

1999 the first vintage of Batuta  

2011 Mouchão Tonel No 3-4  
Tonel is an iconic Portuguese red  

Some lovely Ports:

 Calém 1961 Colheita 
 Burmester 1952 Colheita 
 Kopke 1957 Colheita 

 A tug of war or struggling with waxed capped bottle? 

Another star treat from Niepoort
1934 Colheita

A detailed report on the wines in the Premium Room will follow.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Adegga Winemarket Lisboa: 1st December 2016

Great opportunity today to taste wines from 60 of Portugal's most interesting producers plus an amazing range of 30 wines in the Premium Room at the Adegga Christmas Winemarket. This includes a vertical of Niepoort's Batuta from 2014 back to 1999, which was the first vintage of this Douro wine. Fruit from the north facing Quinta do Carril is an important component of Batuta. 

Today's Adegga Winemarket is being held at the Marriott Hotel Lisboa, Av. dos Combatentes 45, 1600-042 Lisboa

An amazing range: 
Uma sala exclusiva com 30 dos melhores vinhos de Portugal (incluindo uma incrível vertical de vinhos de Douro). A Lista de Vinhos Oficial da Sala Premium do Adegga WineMarket:
1 Monte da Ravasqueira MR Espumante 2012
2 Quinta do Síbio Samarrinho 2015
3 Quinta da Alorna - Marquesa de Alorna Grande Reserva 2014
4 Quinta Maria Izabel - Vinhas Velhas - Vinhas da Princesa 2014
5 Quinta dos Carvalhais Branco Especial
6 Anselmo Mendes Parcela Única 2011 (Double Magnum)
7 Quinta do Portal Touriga Nacional 2000 (Magnum)
8 Monte da Ravasqueira MR Premium Touriga Nacional 2012
9 Quinta do Piloto Coleção de Familia 2013
10 Herdade do Mouchão Tonel nº 3-4 2011
11 Quinta dos Carvalhais Reserva Tinto 2011
12 Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda 2014
13 Quinta dos Murças VV47
14 Niepoort Batuta 1999
15 Niepoort Batuta 2000
16 Niepoort Batuta 2001 (Magnum)
17 Niepoort Batuta 2003
18 Niepoort Batuta 2004 (Magnum)
19 Niepoort Batuta 2005 (Magnum)
20 Niepoort Batuta 2007 (Magnum)
21 Niepoort Batuta 2008
22 Niepoort Batuta 2009
23 Niepoort Batuta 2010
24 Niepoort Batuta 2011
25 Niepoort Batuta 2012
26 Niepoort Batuta 2013
27 Niepoort Batuta 2014
28 Quinta do Noval Vintage 1994
29 Quinta do Noval Colheita 1976
30 Cálem Colheita 1961
31 Burmester Colheita 1952
32 Kopke Colheita 1957
33 Real Companhia Velha 1938
34 Niepoort Colheita 1934

BILHETES (tickets):


 André Ribeirinho, Adegga's chief evangelist,
in the Alentejo – July 2016
@Mouchão July 2016