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Olive oil tasting – Day 1

November 28, 2011

Between 28th of November and 11th of December, try our award-winning Olive Oil at our visitors’ centre.

We look foward to your visit!

Here follows some pics of day 1

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Quinzena do Azeite – a não perder!

November 21, 2011

Taylor’s Vintage Port 2009

October 14, 2011

If you are a serious Port supporter be sure to visit us very soon!  Taylor’s Vintage Port 2009 will be available next monday (Oct 17th).

The 2009 is the fourth declaration in a decade. In over three  centuries  of Taylor’s  history,  a sequence of great vintages like this has been very rare. 2009 has produced wines of massive scale, not unlike the iconic vintage ports of the early twentieth century.  They are wines built to last.

Visit us and take advantage of our special price declaration offer valid untill December15th:

69,95€ (75cl with wooden box)     *   37€ (37,5cl)

Also be sure to to taste this  powerful 2009 Vintage:  Tasting by-the-glass availabe at €6.

Press comments:

Steven Spurrier, Decanter August 2011 – “…superbly controlled spice and black cherry fruit, tight and elegant, fresh as well as rich, top potential 2019-2049.” 19.5 points

Luís Antunes, Revista de Vinhos, Julho 2011 – “Fruta azul, grafite, chocolate, folhas e flores, reservado no aroma, com tensão e complexidade. Seco e picante, texturado, com taninos firmes e gordos. Fruta azul, grafite, chocolate, folhas e flores, reservado no aroma, com tensão e complexidade. Seco e picante, texturado, com taninos firmes e gordos. Fresco, potente, num registo de elegância e contenção. Final interminável. “ Pontos 19

Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com, May 2011 – “Intense, vivid nose is spicy and dense with lovely bright aromatics, as well as some violet florality. The palate is rich and bold with lots of sweetness. Generous, with smooth, intense fruit and firm yet fine-grained tannins. Massive fruit and lovely structure. Brilliant.” 95–97/100

Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages, May 2011 – “Blackish purple. This, unusually, had the headiness of Fonseca 2009 on the nose and seemed more luscious and velvety than the Quinta da Vargellas Vinha Velha on the palate. Very rich, round and thrilling. Dense and pure. A bit of a schoolmaster in terms of straight back and firm structure. Very long, firm and thrilling – surely a long term bet with additional early charm, presumably from the exceptionally hot, dry vintage. “Score 18. Drink 2035-70

Will Lyons, The Wall Street Journal, May 2011 – “Dark black/purple in the glass, the nose is an intense, opulent marriage of spice and dark fruit. On the palate there is real power and again more fruit giving way to a refreshing, long length.”

Richard Mayson, richardmayson.com, May 2011 – “Deep, dark opaque; lovely opulent aromas, refined, scented and very pretty (not often I say this about a wine), in its first bloom of youth; broad, sweet and rich with fine peppery tannins, quite powerful yet gentle at the same time with a lovely sinewy, firm finish. Complete. “Score 18

A match made in heaven?

September 19, 2011

Although Port is typically consumed as a dessert wine, there are some savory foods that go extremely well with it, one of which is cheese.

We believe that Port and cheese is a classic pairing which you shouldn’t miss! 

So, next time you visit Taylor’s wine lodges pamper yourself with a match made in heaven:

CASTELO BRANCO VELHO DOP (is a name-protected DOP sheep milk cheese Portugal’s Beira Baixa region) 

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As always, we would love to hear your feedback.  

Also, let us hear about your favorite Port pairing.

Have you noticed how the Tourist Information Centres in Porto are even more beautiful?

September 6, 2011

Have you noticed how the Tourist Information Centres in Porto are even more beautiful?

Since last Monday the windows of the Tourist Information Centres have been dazzling tourists and residents.

The decor features picturesque images of rural life in the Douro region and also the harvest – which is about to start.

So, if you are in Porto do not forget to go to Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25 where you can also get friendly help and advice on Porto and beyond.

Last but not least: we still do not have a date to start picking but stay tuned!

Sensational Strawberries & Taylor’s Port

July 28, 2011

For serious strawberry fans, what could be better than whole strawberries enrobed in creamy chocolate? Godiva’s Strawberry Treats combine particularly well with a slightly chilled Taylor’s aged Tawny.

Available in a Summer ballotin (2 pcs) milk chocolate enrobed strawberries, Godiva’s Strawberry Treats + Taylor’s 20 Year Old Tawny for €3,90

Summer exclusive only at Taylor’s Port wine lodges – Make this summer truly sensational!

Stinging nettles, sunburn and saddle soreness in cycling charity fundraiser

July 21, 2011

Adrian Bridge, Managing Director of Taylor’s, and his son, Max, are rapidly reaching the finish line of their challenging 990 mile (1584 km) cycling marathon, from one end of Britain to the other, raising thousands of Euros for childrens’ charities KidsCo and Nariz Vermelho.

Starting from Land’s End, at the southwestern tip of the British mainland, Adrian and Max have averaged around 81 miles (130 km) a day, cycling for up to 6 hours in order to meet their target. Reaching speeds of up to almost 50mph (77kmh) in some sections of the challenge, the father and son team have now spent over 53 hours cycling in this charity fundraiser and are on target to reach their goal of John O’Groats, Scotland, on 23rd July. You can follow their progress over the last few days and how to make a donation on their blog, http://lejogbridge.wordpress.com

 

Apart from the huge distance, saddle soreness, sunburn and a nasty encounter with some stinging nettles are just a few of the trials that the pair has endured, but both are in good spirits and enjoying the adventure.

Adrian said, “The journey has been grueling in parts, but the weather has been on our side for most of it, which has helped our effort a lot. It’s been fantastic so far, and Max and I have enjoyed immensely cycling through some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, whilst at the same time trying to help two important charities.”

Both the UK charity KidsCo (http://www.kidsco.org.uk/), and Portuguese charity Nariz Vermelho (http://www.narizvermelho.pt/) help vulnerable children in need. Adrian and Max are hoping to raise £5,000 for KidsCo, which will fund six months of the charity’s football program, whilst setting themselves a target of €6,000 to raise for Nariz Vermelho.

Donations to KidsCo can be made online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/lejogbridge or you can pledge your donation to Nariz Vermelho by contacting Adrian and Max directly: maxandadrianbridge@gmail.com

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