Category Archives: Miscellany

Earth Day

Nothing more beautiful, or more expressive of hope…

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Merry Christmas – Feliz Natal

Natal, com rabanadas e vinho do porto tawny. Christmas, with french toast and tawny port. Continue reading

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Fair Transport: The Ship Tres Hombres

Whilst many people and firms in recent years have worked on developing sustainable production for a wide range of goods and fair trade and fair payment for their workers, the idea of fairness and sustainability failed when it came to … Continue reading

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Douro Lunch

Up in the Douro yesterday to visit Mateus Nicolau de Almeida in Meda and Foz Côa.  But first things first:  lunch! Mirandesa beef – a variety from Miranda do Douro in the northeast of the region, on the border with … Continue reading

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Look! No Photos!

After a month in the Douro for harvest (which was fantastic, by the way!) I spent less than 48 hours at home before leaving for another ten days in England and Italy. I found myself one morning waking up in … Continue reading

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Tractor Pin-up

Some weeks ago I was reviewing the stats on the blog, which include lists of what words or phrases people typed into search engines, that brought them into my blog.  I was utterly enchanted to find that “tractor pin-up” on … Continue reading

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Gone Blogging

This blog is likely to be quiet till mid-October, as I am now based in the Douro and blogging my heart out for Graham’s Port, covering the harvest in daily detail. In addition, I will be visiting the quintas for … Continue reading

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Not all my time in England was spent swanning about London, wining and dining in posh restaurants.  I also spent several days with friends on their farm in Surrey. For as long as I have known her, Nina has had … Continue reading

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The Gallery Restaurant in London

More food and wine pleasures in London, as my friend Nicola and I visited The Gallery, a new restaurant which has opened adjacent to the the Westbury Hotel, on Conduit Street just off Bond Street. The head sommelier, Boris Poliakov, … Continue reading

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Wine Matching with Mughal Cuisine

Recently I returned to London to visit my friend Nicola, who, as mentioned previously, is active in the wine trade as judge, critic and teacher.  We went out to dinner at the Tamarind Restaurant, where Toby Gorn is the head … Continue reading

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