Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Excellent visit to Praia da Adraga + Restaurante d'Adraga

 The beach @ Praia da Adraga – some hardy souls braving 
the sea on 8th December 2016

Always a dramatic sea

Today we headed out to Praia da Adraga – our favourite beach in the Lisbon area. It is close to being the most westerly point of mainland Europe. The beach constantly changes shape sculpted by the elements. 

After a stroll on the beach it was time for lunch at the Restaurante d'Adraga – great seafood and one of the best restaurant views in the world, especially if you are lucky enough, as we were, to get a table by the window. The food is simple but excellent.  

All in all a sensible version of Brexit!

 Shot into the bright sunlight – the white building 
at the end of the beach is the Restaurante d'Adraga

What a restaurant view!

A delicious white 2015 Vinhas Velhas (old vines)
from Luis Pato 
Bical (50%), Cerceal (25%) and Sercialinho (25%) 
Very reasonably priced at 15€ a bottle

 Our first course: a wonderfully fresh crab 
Below ready to start work!

 Before: a garoupa for three (above)

After: a garoupa perfectly grilled (below) 

 A plain salad

A wickedly good strawberry pavlova

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Evening of Portuguese modération

2013 Val-Bôa Vinho Verde, Jorge Albuquerque da Quinta 

Last evening we enjoyed a quite Lisbon soirée de la modération at home with a small group of #winelover friends. We kicked off with the lightly frizzante 2013 Val-Bôa Vinho Verde, which I believe is a blend of Trajadura, Pedernã e Azal. This made an attractive, light apéro.

Next up was another bottle of the 2014 Arinto dos Açores sur lies from António Maçanita. We had had a bottle on Saturday night, which was disappointing and short. This one was much better with more zip and a much longer finish. It proved to be a good foil for a monkfish and tuna ceviche.

We opened two reds with the rich beef stew – a 1992 Garrafeira from Encostas da Nave from the Cooperative do Távora in Beira. Still quite youthful for a 1992 with some attractive spicy fruit but quite marked acidity, which softened with time in glass – a bargain for 12€! The second – the 2002 Quinta da Viçosa from João Portugal Ramos – was very impressive with a rich opulent nose, palate beautifully balanced and long. Yet another bargain albeit at 32.50€ for a great Portuguese red. The equivalent in quality and age from a classic French or Italian appellation would cost much more.      

For the cheese we went back to the Açores with the rare and complex 2014 Terrantez do Pico also from Antônio Maçanita. It a very attractive honey and floral character, is finely textured, precise, well balanced and long. Very fine! 

To close the evening we opted for the still very youthful 1991 Colheita from Niepoort, which was bottled in 2008, and had the customary elegance and finesse associated with Niepoort. Although 25 years old one of our knowledgeable guests likened it to a 10-year old tawny.