Every year ViniPortugal (Portugal's generic wine marketing body) asks a UK journalist to select their top fifty Portuguese wines. I was privilaged to be the first to be asked to make the selection back in 2005 and, with the steady improvement in Portuguese wine making, the selection has become more difficult to undertake. This is soemthing that this year's journalist, Jamie Goode, ackowledged in the introduction to the tasting.
Portuguese Notes May 2009
It started as a cellar clearout, a post-Christmas stock take. I found that I had lots of individual bottles of mature Portuguese wines, mostly reds that I had collected on my travels over the years. Unless I pulled the corks soon the wines would never see the light of day so I invited a number of colleagues to taste the wines at home on a wonderful spring morning in early may.