Portugal the forgotten European Wine Producer

Portugal the forgotten European Wine Producer

We continue our series about Wines of the World. In this post we are going to focus on the wonderfully colorful country of Portugal, which for many of us remains a real mystery, as many of us have not simply had the opportunity to visit. When people speak of Portugal it is often referred to as the poor cousin of Spain, but we can tell you that it is anything but that. When it comes to wine did you know that Portugal is one of the oldest demarcated  & regulated wine regions in the world and most of this started well before the French and the rest of the world jumped on the AOC, IGT, DOCG, VDP and what ever other TLA (Three Letter Acronym) I can find was implemented. Portugal produces the most stunning array of diverse wines and these are quickly gaining...

Great surprises from the Hunter Valley

Great surprises from the Hunter Valley

I get the pleasure of sampling and tastings some really great wines. I know someone has to do the dirty work! Many of these I have never had the opportunity to try so I do not know what to expect so keeping an open mind is really important. It is all too easy to stereotype wines as we do with people but pleasantly and thankfully I am constantly surprised but what we taste. Now I have to declare my hand as I am a great lover of Gewurztraminer and have been for many years, so when I was given the opportunity to try a great Australian example of this wine I jumped at it I was given a few bottles of The Hunter Vineyards 2012 Reserve Press Gewurztraminer to sample & taste. The Hunter Vineyards winery is located in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales just a few...