The silence on my website has been deafening over the past few weeks, at least to me. I have been busy finishing the third edition of my book Port and the Douro which is due to be published in the autumn. With nearly all the i's dotted and t's crossed I can go back to posting tasting notes on my website. One of the highlights of updating my book was spending a day with António Agrellos at Quinta do Noval. At the end of lunch he served two wondefrul wines, Noval Colheita 1968 (bottled in 2012) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994.
My Vineyard Blog May 2012
My base for this week is Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, a property I know well thanks to the Symington family who offered me accommodation here when I was writing the first edition of my book in 1998. I am here on my own today so I have time to peruse the bookshelf and my eyes settle on a copy of the Which Wine Guide from 1985. This was about the time I joined the UK wine trade and, flicking through the pages, it is striking just how much it has changed.
Today is the first day of the London Wine Trade Fair and it is the day that the Decanter World Wine Awards are officially announced. We submitted two wines this year, Pedra e Alma 2009 and Pedra Basta 2009. I have known our results for a few days already but they are officially embargoed until today. So it is with great pleasure that I can announce we have won a silver and a bronze medal for the wines respectively. I had hoped for more but Pedra e Alma is going through a slightly difficult phase at present and I mustn’t appear ungrateful or greedy!