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A Douro wine odyssey: the conclusion

A Douro wine odyssey: the conclusion | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
The sun sets on the final leg of WineChap’s boating bacchanal along the Douro
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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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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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Vintage Crasto

Vintage Crasto | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Douro's history is long and great, none more so than here at the famous Quinta do Crasto in the Cima Corgo. Home to outstandingly fine wines like Vinha da Ponte and Maria Teresa...

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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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Quinta do Crasto - Douro Valley

Quinta do Crasto - Douro Valley | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

Quinta do Crasto is by any measure exceptional: not in an epic or grandiose sense, but exceptional for the perfect colonial modesty of its Lilliputian architecture. A biblically perched string of random white stucco, stone and red tiled buildings deposited ark-like atop a verdantly conical fortress of old terraced vines. http://www.quintadocrasto.pt/

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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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Crasto's Command Performance

Crasto's Command Performance | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

A recent visit by Winechap (Tom Harrow) to the Douro valley in northern Portugal, was hosted by Vintage Wine Travel and crowned by a really wonderful dinner in the company of distinguished winemaker Manuel Lobo and proprietor Tomás Roquette of Quinta do Crasto. Not only did wild Partridge in Port wine perfectly punctuate a fabulous menu, but an array of great Crasto vintages culminated with two of Portugal's greatest red wines, Crasto's Vinha da Ponte and Maria Teresa... as the image shows, Tom Harrow was spoilt for choice when confonted with an array of fine vintage wines back to the nineties... a memorable way to conclude a truly original Douro visit !

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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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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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Vintage Wine Travel : All Aboard with Qualimpor !

Vintage Wine Travel : All Aboard with Qualimpor ! | The Douro Index | Scoop.it

The Qualimpor Group (wine Importers) from Brazil cruising the Douro River, from the great Quinta do Crasto all the way upstream, ascending the massive Valeira Dam and on to Pocinho near the Spanish frontier.... looks like everyone had a very good time onboard 'Friendship 1' !!

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Crasto Douro White 2011

Crasto Douro White 2011 | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
In a country more famous for port and cork production, Portugal can stake claim to an area that is producing tasty, though underappreciated, wines.

 

Located in northern Portugal, the Douro region is the home for numerous rich reds and vibrant whites that can be a taster’s delight. A recent tasting confirmed just that.

 

Grapes for Quinta do Crasto Douro White 2011 are probably even less known — Gouveio, Roupeiro and Rabigato – but again have been fermented and aged in steel and turned into a bright, fresh wine with slight citrus aromas and tropical notes and excellent minerality"

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Douro Landscape on the BBC

Douro Landscape on the BBC | The Douro Index | Scoop.it
Tourism to the Douro is growing as Portugal’s port wine region experiments with fine table wines and ultra-modern boutique hotels complement the area’s traditional estates.
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