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Altano Douro red wine
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Altano Organic red 2016 (Douro)

From the rugged and beautifully wild region of North Portugal along the banks of the Douro river comes this Altano Organic red produced by the Symington Family Estates who own premier vineyards in the area and are well known for Port and Madeira with brands such as Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Graham’s as well as red Douro wine. This particular red is made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz,…

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Porta 6 Reserva 2015
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Vidigal wines – Porta 6 Reserva

Vidigal is a family run company in Portugal, making good affordable wines, with over 1,000 acres of vineyards around the Lisbon area as well as vineyards in Tagus, Douro, Alentejo, Dão, Beiras and Vinho Verde, the company produces over 3 million bottles a year. Remember when the Porta 6 broke the Majestic stores website, due to it’s large demand after TV celebrity chef James Martin claimed it was the best tasting red wine he has…

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Monte Da Casteleja
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Organic White from the Algarve

Back in the summer of 2018, we visited an Organic vineyard ‘Monte Da Casteleja’ situated in the Algarve region of Portugal. We were so impressed with the quality of the wines we had to bring some back and now I’ve just revisited their white (Branco) almost a year on, to see if the wine has developed from what already was a deliciously rich and complex but unusual drink. Winemaker Guillaume Abel Luís Leroux vision for…

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Vinho Verde
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Quinta De Azevedo – Vinho Verde

Although the weather is cooling down as the summer draws to a close there’s still no reason not to drink a refreshing white wine with a hint of spritz and this drinkable Portuguese Vinho Verde (literally Green Wine) was a very pleasant surprise.  Quinta De Azevedo is from a single estate vineyard in the Braga district in the Minho province of northern Portugal. It’s a blend of 95% Louriero and 5% Arinto , I actually bought…

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Monte Da Casteleja Courtyard
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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 Organic vineyard in Lagos run…

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Coragem- Touriga Nacional

There’s something about Portuguese wines that get people excited and I for one can understand why. Portugal is probably more famous for its Ports and as good as they are their table wines especially from the Douro region and their national grape variety Touriga Nacional, in particular, is finding its way onto my ‘to buy’ list more often than not. Following on from my last post about the cheap and cheerful ‘Julia Florista’ another Portuguese…

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Julia Florista Tinto – Cheap as chips

Been a while since I reviewed a single bottle but I have been meaning to bring your attention to this Julia Florista Portuguese red since the first time I tasted it around two years ago. Can cheap wine be any good? when I say cheap wine I mean really cheap, cheap as in £1.99 a bottle. Is it drinkable? most definitely, does the bottle look good? yes, would I buy it again? yes. I’ll say…

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