Our full range of wines on show in London

To London for our importer's (Richards Walford) annual portfolio tasting. We have our full range of wines on show for the first time: Pedra Basta 2009 alongside Duas Pedras 2010 and Pedra e Alma 2009. All the wine are showing really well, especially the 2009s. This is our best vintage todate and Pedra e Alma, despite being relatively closed and sullen, is well received by all those who tasted it. It has huge potential for the future I think.  There seemed to be relatively few people at the tasting this year - there certainly wasn't the lunchtime crush of previous years - which I hope is not a sign of the times. Having said that all those who showed an interest in our wines were serious buyers or communicators.

Today I made history by conducting the first ever Portuguese tasting at the Traveller's Club in Pall Mall. The dinner was a sell out, attended by ambassadors, ex ambassadors and other luminaries. I put our wines against wines from the Douro and fortunately they all showed well against each other and I think that the stylistic differences between the two regions were very evident for all to see. We finished with Graham 1977, a vintage that I have been lukewarm about in the past but this wine is drinking beautifully at the moment.