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Nuno Mendes is Numero Uno at the Chiltern Firehouse

Nuno Mendes is Numero Uno at the Chiltern Firehouse | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Star Portuguese Chef Nuno Mendes is now in charge of fine dining at London's latest hip hotel in the heart of Marylebone, the Chiltern Firehouse: "An American twist at André Balazs’s new Marylebone venture....Pedigrees abound at the much-anticipated Chiltern Firehouse. The hotel itself is André Balazs’s first London venture, joining a gloriously chic family that includes LA’s Chateau Marmont, New York’s The Mercer and The Standard Hollywood. The cuisine, meanwhile, is the province of Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, who spent 16 years in the US training under such lauded chefs as Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and who leaves his Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante in Bethnal Green to produce American-influenced dishes for foodies and film stars.

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Winechap visits the Douro

Winechap visits the Douro | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Infamously erudite, meticulously attired, vinously virulent and ever so well connected... London's Tom Harrow (of Winechap fame) is en route to the Douro valley in northern Portugal.

 

Fortified, fermented and foot trodden, Tom will distil his own impressions of the world's greatest man enhanced landscape... step aside Joseph James Forrester, here comes the new 'Red Baron'....

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Mary H Goudie's curator insight, September 3, 2013 8:43 AM

I just know you all adron your ladies maid in your best diamonds while she serves you, so why not dress your Winechap in the color of your favorite Touriga National or Burgundy while he pours. 

Mary H Goudie's comment, September 3, 2013 8:47 AM
Tom if you have a chance make it down to Portugal's capital Lisbon & I will show you the inside of our wine bottles. Don't forget to bring the dapper suit handsome.
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The perfect place for drinking in Portugal’s Douro Valley

The perfect place for drinking in Portugal’s Douro Valley | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The perfect place for drinking in Portugal’s Douro Valley...New hotel at historic vineyard lets you soak in ambiance of the Douro Valley"...

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Alto Douro Wine Region - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Alto Douro Wine Region - UNESCO World Heritage Centre | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

UNESCO World Heritage Centre. "Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for some 2,000 years. Since the 18th century, its main product, port wine, has been world famous for its quality. This long tradition of viticulture has produced a cultural landscape of outstanding beauty that reflects its technological, social and economic evolution".

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Vintage Port Washes Away Tears

Vintage Port Washes Away Tears | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
LISBON (Reuters) - It was a horrible year of debt crisis and an international bailout for Portugal, but 2011 turned out to be nothing short of a miracle year for the country's best known product: port...
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Visiting the Douro

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The Douro Internacional: This natural park is made up of an impressive canyons formed 100 million years ago along the river Duero, making a natural border between Spain and Portugal. The park has over 106,000 acres, occupying some 68 locations in the Castilian-Leonese provinces of Salamanca and Zamora (region of Resume), and the Portuguese region of Tierra de Miranda. It is a deep canyon (the deepest and most extensive of the Iberian Peninsula) granitic rock walls that can reach heights of over 200 meters, which runs Douro boxed, opening a gap.

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Noval Vintage Nacional 2011

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"Fantastic: 'The legend lives'... "Could be better than the perfect 1994 and equal to the 1963.” James Suckling gave the maximum score of 100/100 to our recent Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional 2011!

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Vasco Mourão : Cafeína

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Vasco Mourão's Cafeina is one of the best cosmopolitan and sophisticated dining experiences in Porto, situated in the charming cobbled streets of Foz do Douro, whose boutique lined pavements lead down to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. A unique oasis providing fine gastronomy with a hip and trendy edge.... not to mention some of the very best Portuguese fine wines...

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Adrian Bridge makes a splash with Forbes Magazine

Adrian Bridge makes a splash with Forbes Magazine | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
I am back in Porto, my fourth glorious visit in five years: half a decade of understanding the funky wackiness of northern Portuguese food, half a decade of giving myself over entirely to the unusual aesthetic of Port wine.
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Quinta de La Rosa declares 2011

Quinta de La Rosa declares 2011 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta de la Rosa has added its name to the growing roster of Port houses who have made enthusiastic declarations of the 2011 vintage during the last month.

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Master of the Ordnance

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Master-General of the Ordnance The Rt. Hon. General Sir George Murray 1772-1846. The man responsible for mapping the remote Douro valley in the first half of the 19th century. "the greatest brain on the Peninsular after to Wellington" Though Baron Joseph James Forrester gains so much credit for mapping the Douro valley and its winemaking quintas, it is undeoubtedly the case the majority of cartographical work was carried out by the British Army under the direction of this man. Click to see the full length portrait, magnificently painted by Sir Henry Raeburn.

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Chef Rui Paula – Restaurant DOC

Chef Rui Paula – Restaurant DOC | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Chef Rui Paula is responsible for leading the way in modern Douro gastronomy, very fine cusine in a stunning riverside location in the heart of the Douro Valley... accompanied by the best D.O.C. and Port wines...

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Major Port Houses Declare 2011 Vintage | Wine Spectator

Major Port Houses Declare 2011 Vintage | Wine Spectator | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Douro Valley's top Port houses are declaring the 2011 vintage, making it the first generalized declaration for Vintage Port since the classic 2007 vintage. Even though 2011 was regarded as a difficult growing season in the Douro Valley, Port producers were smiling by the end of harvest. A rainy winter at the start of 2011 proved beneficial, providing deep water reserves for a long, dry spring and early summer. May and June, however, brought alarming hailstorms. “I was at the quinta during the hailstorms, and they brought tears to my eyes,” said António Agrellos, chief winemaker of Quinta do Noval. (image: António Agrellos - Quinta do Noval)

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'Dourochap' - Tom Harrow visits Douro

'Dourochap' - Tom Harrow visits Douro | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Tom Harrow seen rising to the top of the mighty Valeira Dam in the Douro Superior onboard 'Friendship 1' after an extraordinary Vintage Wine Travel trip with Pipadouro... more coming soon via the distniguished and elegantly erudite Winechap..... watch this space !

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Wish You Were Here ? - 19th c. Postcard of Quinta Do Noval's main entrance..

Wish You Were Here ? - 19th c. Postcard of Quinta Do Noval's main entrance.. | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

An image from another age.... an historic postcard depicting the great front gates of legendary Quinta do Noval in the Douro valley, home to some the world's greatest Port wines.

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Hope & Glory for Graham's

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"Port brand Graham's appoints Hope&Glory: Port brand Graham's has hired Hope & Glory to help position itself as luxury and draw in 'a new audience', following a pitch"...

 

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Cockburn’s wins Barco Rabelo race

Cockburn’s wins Barco Rabelo race | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
"Cockburn’s “Rabelo” has won the annual race against the other Port lodges up the Douro River"..
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Porto & Douro Valley Lonely Planet Top 10 Destination

Porto & Douro Valley Lonely Planet Top 10 Destination | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Read Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013 for travel tips, advice, news and articles from all around the world by Lonely Planet
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Douro cycle tour to raise 25k for charity

Douro cycle tour to raise 25k for charity | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

A team of 14 cyclists from the UK wine trade are to ride over 600km along the Douro river for drinks industry charity The Benevolent. Dubbed the Tour of the Douro, the ride will begin in Rioja’s Haro and continue along the Duero and in to Portugal, where the peloton will follow the same river – now called the Douro – until it reaches Regua, in the heart of the Douro Valley, where the challenge will finish. The group of cyclists are hoping to complete the route in just four days from 10-14 June, and have set themselves a fundraising target of £25,000 for The Benevolent.

 

Among the riders on the Tour of the Douro are the WSET’s Ian Harris, Mentzendorff’s Andrew Hawes and Taylor’s Adrian Bridge.

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The Exceptional 2011 Vintage Port with James Suckling

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"Last week we visited Oporto and the beautiful Douro Valley, the only place on earth where real Port wine can be made. This trip was particularly special: We were coming for the first universal vintage declaration since 2007. And we weren't disappointed"..

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The Wine House Hotel

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Situated in a quinta (farm) with 20.5 hectares (51 acres) full of vineyards stretching down to the Douro, The Wine House Hotel Quinta da Pacheca is a hotel with an intense soul that...
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Quinta da Romaneira

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The massive patamares of Quinta da Romaneira in the Douro valley. An extraordinary estate producing fine red and white wines together with classic Port. Under the direction of Christian Seely this property goes from strength to strength. Website of QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA - Douro Wines, Port Wines and Olive Oil.

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Warre's Port

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The characterful dogs at Warre's Quinta do Retiro Antigo in the Rio Torto have a bark which is undoubtedly worse than their bite... I hope !

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Graham's 1963: 'like an obsessed ex girlfriend' Neil Martin

Graham's 1963: 'like an obsessed ex girlfriend' Neil Martin | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

 

An outstanding 1963 Port scoring 96/100 Parker Points.

 

Neil Martin of Wine Advocate : "What a stunning 1963 vintage port this is. The bouquet draws you in, does not drag you in with its alcohol and reveals a fresh, well defined nose with a nutty edge, hints of cigar box and allspice.

 

The palate is beautifully balanced, understated on the entry but building all the time, flashes of eucalyptus leading towards a more extrovert, clove tinged finish that hangs around the palate like an obsessed ex-girlfriend. Gorgeous Grahams!" Tasted May 2009." Neil Martin, Wine Journal

 

W & J GRAHAM was founded in 1820 and has an impeccable reputation as one of the leading producers of premium Port wines"...

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Churchill's Dry White Port

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Churchill's Dry White Port is an emblematic product for Churchill's and unique in its style. Its rich golden colour denotes its 10 years of age which is also evident in its smooth and complex taste. The alternative aperitif to be served cold at any time of year.

 

Sourcing
The grapes come from specially chosen old vineyards located at higher altitudes in the Douro, sub-region of Cima Corgo.
               
Grape Varieties
A field blend of many varieties including Malvasia Fina, Códega, Gouveio and Rabigato.
               

Tasting Notes

A vibrant golden colour with grated nutmeg and eucalyptus on the nose. On the palate it is fresh and complex with a long peppery finish. (June 2011) Cellaring Recommendation: This 10 years old Dry White Port is filtered and ready to drink now. Once opened it will keep well for up to one month. Recommended Serving Temperature: Serve chilled (8º-10º). Decanting: No need to decant. Serve straight from the bottle.
               

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