To Antwerp for the weekend to promote Pedra Basta together with our new Belgian distributor, Kris Jeuris of Wijnhuisjeuris. I saw rather more of Antwerp than I expected as I tore a muscle in my leg whilst going through a run through the city this morning. Hobbling slowly back to the hotel through the deserted narrow streets of the city centre I was able to take in the architecture; traditional Flemish houses interspersed with some contrasting and captivating modern buildings. I limped to the tasting in the afternoon which was held at a golf club outside the city. Jeuris represents most of the best wine producers in Portugal including Niepoort, Alvaro Castro of Quinta de Saes, Filipa Pato (now married to a Flemish chef) and...well modesty forbids! Kris has a brother, Bert, who has recently bought a stock of fine Madeiras and is marketing it as 'The Madeira Collection' . The tasting (organised to celebrate a decade of Wijnhuisjeuris) was a success with a continual flow of professional people coming to taste and hopefully place orders for the wines. I look forward to returning to Antwerp, not just for the wine but also for the beer and an opportunity to revisit the city.
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