Scala Dei Priorat
Spanish Wine

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven

Scala Dei 2011 If you like your wines with a bit of muscle and intensity then Scala Dei translated from Latin to literally mean ‘Ladder to God’ is one to try. Made by Carthusian monks in the Scala Dei winery, founded in the 12th century and found in the Priorat region south-west of Tarragona Spain. I actually picked up this bottle in a small supermarket down a back street in [……]

Monte Da Casteleja Courtyard
Portuguese wine

Monte Da Casteleja Organic Vineyard

It seems like every time I book a holiday now the first thing I look for is a nearby vineyard to visit. I encourage anybody with an interest in wine to go and see how this wonderful stuff we drink is actually made, its a great way to spend a few hours. Monte Da Casteleja On a recent family holiday to the Algarve region of Portugal, we visited a small [……]

New Zealand wine

Three cheers for the King – Do me a Favour !

With the weather taking a turn for the better and temperatures scaling the dizzy heights of the high 20’s there’s nothing more satisfying than sipping a well-made chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Now I’m not a massive Sovee Bee fan (sorry that’s what my daughter calls it and I can’t help referring to it as that, sad I know!) anyway, sometimes you just have to admit that you are drinking [……]