New York

I am in New York with the purpose of tasting some of the greatest Malmsey Madeiras of nineteenth century (see  With a day to spare I visit the new Manhattan offices of our importer, Skurnik. They have built up a very impressive operation in the NY Metro area but Portugal is clearly a very small part of their business and when I call in on wine retailers later in the day I find Portuguese wines typically still on the bottom shelf at the back of the shop. There is still so much more to do to bring Portugal to the fore.    


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