Living the Dream Part One: The Search for a Vineyard

In the first of a new series profiling producers who have been brave enough to enter the vineyard from another walk of life, wine writer Richard Mayson describes how the idea of having his own estate in Portugal gradually took hold, and how he set about putting his money where his mouth was 

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty