Charlie (‘Carlota’) Allen pays us a visit from over the border in Spain. She farms 15 hectares of old vines around Fermoselle above the Douro / Duero (see my entry for 20th January 2010 for more information). We have a feast of a dinner at Tomba Lobos in her honour with some fellow Alentejo wine producers and oenophiles: lingua de vitela (veal tongue), frogs legs, toucinho (deliciously fatty bacon), escabeche de perdiz (partridge escabeche), molejas de borego, local truffles (so called ‘spring mushrooms’), venison, cabeça de vaca (‘cow’s head). Everyone brought a couple of bottles of wine.
My Vineyard Blog May 2010
It feels more like March than May. A cold north wind is blowing over the Serra. Heavy, thundery showers alternate with bright sunshine and the temperature was just 6oC at the end of the afternoon. After a spell of warm weather at the end of April, the vines are busting forth but so are the weeds! We are now mowing in between the rows of vines and the vineyard looks so much better.