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The Douro wine odyssey continues… in the Financial Times

The Douro wine odyssey continues… in the Financial Times | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Tom Harrow continues his description of Vintage Wine Travel in the Douro in the Financial Times' 'How To Spend It' magazine: "WineChap toasts the terroir with characterful viticulturists, oenologists and wine growers"....

(image: detail from 'The New Illustrated Map of the Douro' )
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Vintage Wine Travel at Vallado

Vintage Wine Travel at Vallado | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Tom Harrow alias 'Winechap' was recently a guest of Vintage Wine Travel (Pipadouro) and Quinta do Vallado for a wonderful tasting of all Douro Boys' premium fine wines, followed by a sumptuous luncheon perched high above the Corgo River in glorious sunshine... here we see Gonçalo Correia dos Santos (front) Joao Alvares Ribeiro(L) and Tom Harrow (R) enjoying a fine cigar and reclining in a vintage Fiat from Classico Porto... surely the only way to travel !!

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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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Douro Boys release birthday blends

Douro Boys release birthday blends | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Portuguese wine producers association dubbed the Douro Boys is celebrating its 10 anniversary with the launch of a wine and vintage Port.
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The Douro Boys Come to London Town

The Douro Boys Come to London Town | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Ok, so they're not quite "boys" any more, but with age comes experience and this wine producing elite have established the worldwide reputation of Portuguese wines.
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Quinta do Vallado: the new face of a dynamic Douro

Quinta do Vallado: the new face of a dynamic Douro | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest quintas in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the 19th century legend Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and her descendents remain at the helm in the 21st century... making award winning wines and now offering first class accommodation.

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Winespectator: Quinta do Vallado, Douro Portugal

Learn about the Quinta do Vallado 2008 Touriga Nacional Douro with Kim Marcus.
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Tributa | Quinta do Vallado 140 year old Port wine

Tributa | Quinta do Vallado 140 year old Port wine | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
The Adelaide Tributa is one of the most exclusive Port wines in the market. Produced in 1866, it was bottled in a limited series of 1,300...
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Vintage Wine Travel with Winechap in Financial Times' 'How To Spend It' magazine

Vintage Wine Travel with Winechap in Financial Times' 'How To Spend It' magazine | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

'Winechap' Tom Harrow takes a comprehensive and elegant view of the world's oldest demarcated wine region, the Douro Valley of Northern Portugal - home to Port wine, the Douro Boys and a place where lady's crinolines are still respected... Pipadouro Vintage Wine Travel and David Eley take Winechap to meet the leading winemakers and taste the gastronomic delights of Chef Rui Paula.... Vallado, Vale Meão, Niepoort, Carvalhas, Crasto and Vale Dona Maria...

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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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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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Great Douro White Port from 2011 & Douro Wines from 2012....

Great Douro White Port from 2011 & Douro Wines from 2012.... | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Se 2011 foi um ano excepcional para o vinho do Porto, com a esmagadora maioria das casas produtoras a declararem Vintage (e temos aqui o exemplo da Churchill's), 2012 está a revelar-se um óptimo ano para brancos (para já, depois se verá como serão... (image shows Johnny Graham's very correct White Port in front of the Douro Map)

 

                VALLADO - CRASTO - CHURCHILL'S - DUORUM

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Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel: Best of Wine Tourism Award 2013

Quinta do Vallado Wine Hotel:  Best of Wine Tourism Award 2013 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Winner 'Architecture and Landscapes' Global Wine Tourism Award 2013 from World Wine Capitals : Quinta do Vallado

 

João Alvares Ribeiro of Quinta do Vallado says:

"This award was received with particular satisfaction , for several reasons: We always believed that the quality of the architecture of this project would be determinant for it´s success- and for that reason we choosed an architect from the very famous Oporto University School. Although our main activity is the production of wines- we made a strong effort and put a lot of energy in the wine tourism activity, as we believe it is a strong competitive advantage in the very competitive global wine market. The success achieved, of which this award is a very clear indication, makes us very happy and optimistic about the future”

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The New Illustrated Map of the Douro

It is over 160 years since the groundbreaking publication of the acclaimed and highly regarded Douro Maps by Baron Joseph James Forrester. This original mid nineteenth century documentation and classification of the best Douro Port wine Quintas was pioneering and vitally important, but as with the controversial 1855 classification in Bordeaux, much has changed and the modern Douro is now a very different place...

 

163 anos depois do primeiro surge um novo mapa ilustrado da região vinícola do Douro. Pintado pela mão de um artista inglês, o mapa está agora exposto num ho...
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Meet the Winemaker : João Ferreira Alvares Ribeiro, Quinta do Vallado

Set in the heart of Portugal's most famous wine region, the Douro, is Quinta do Vallado. Established in 1716, the winery, has been in the Ferreira family for... (Debra Meiburg interviews João Ferreira)

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