Technically a wine, port has spirit in it, right? Plus, it’s usually consumed in much the same way brown spirits are - after dinner and/or as a meditative tipple. The Kopke 10 Years Old Tawny works nicely in both rolls. Serve with a dessert course of salty cheese, dried fruit, and nuts (or with fruitcake), or just sip on its own, either way, its raisin pie, treacle, toasted nut aromas, and silky/sweet/nutty flavours - balanced by zippy acidity - make for a perfect winter warmer.
Medium-deep pink-tinged garnet. Strong nose of raspberry candy, raisin and vanilla with a touch of Amaretto. Tart and fresh on the palate, with ripe grapey blackcurrant flavours. Drink through 2021.
Pale gold. Lots of initial citrus aromas, then smells like a fruit salad served in a florist’s shop. Medium bodied. An interesting blend: rich and grapey from the Moscatel, structured from the Chardonnay and has a slightly bitter long finish from the indigenous Arinto. A characterful wine, good with strong cheese or by itself. Drink now.
Savoury and crunchy notes of sour cherries and raspberries with bright acid and subtle pleasing violet and earthy nuances. Light and fresh with delicate chalky tannins. Serve slightly chilled with grilled tuna, rabbit or Peking duck.
Full body with dusty tannins where the rich notes of blackberries, black licorice and slightly lifted floral notes are well balanced by fresh acid. Simple but honest and very well made. Great value for money. Ideal for meat stew or grilled sausages.
The whites of the Douro Valley are too often in the shadow of the region’s reds. This is a great example of how much character and value the whites can offer. Full body with rich texture balanced by fresh acid. Pleasing lush notes of guava, passion fruit and a welcomed citrus bitterness. Great match with poultry or creamy seafood pasta.
Made of 50% Loureiro and 50% Alvarinho, this highly regarded producer from the Vinho Verde region crafts an easy-to-drink fresh white offering outstanding value. Light with bright acid and juicy notes of lime, lemon, laurel and stone fruit, ALLO is just as easy to drink on its own as it is with sushi, steamed clams or Thai curry. Buy by the case!