RKS Wine: Portugal’s Delaforce 2015 Touriga Nacional

Exaggerating somewhat the red grape Touriga Nacional for Portugal is the equivalent of what apple pie is for the United States! Unfortunately I mention this grape to non-wine professionals and I receive blank stares except from Port drinkers who are always familiar with this grape of the Holy Grail. From what I have seen andContinue reading “RKS Wine: Portugal’s Delaforce 2015 Touriga Nacional”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 14July1978: Monte Gordo, Portugal: Finally Warm Portuguese Water: Victimized by Tiny Clams: Zombie Faced Gamblers

What a pathetic breakfast so no wonder it is “free”. One roll, two thin chocolate cookies and watery coffee. Off to the beach and finally water you weren’t numbed out by. The beach is in a bay so the water has a chance to warm up. Lunch at the beach was a delicious bowl ofContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 14July1978: Monte Gordo, Portugal: Finally Warm Portuguese Water: Victimized by Tiny Clams: Zombie Faced Gamblers”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1978: Faro, Portugal: Follow the Crowd to Food: Gringo Tries to Pick up Local Girl

Up at 8:30 and followed the flow of people to the market. If you are up early enough this trick always lands you in the market and food! Had some breakfast which included yogurt which I am beginning to like. I found out that a bus was leaving for the main beach in 90 minutesContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 12July1978: Faro, Portugal: Follow the Crowd to Food: Gringo Tries to Pick up Local Girl”

“Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells

Planned departure on the bus from Lagos to Faro was 16:55. Left bags with landlady and did a bit of shopping. I bought a sweater at a shop and kept the clerks past lunchtime closing and they retaliated with dirty stares. Walked to the beach for the last look and for once the waves hadContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time”: 11July1978: Lagos and Faro, Portugal: Off in a Cloud of Peanut Shells”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough

Off to the bank to change some money. Breakfast was hardboiled eggs, honey, bread, wafer cookies and pineapple Sumol. A one hour wait at the post office to buy a few stamps for some postcards. Huge lineups and only two wickets were open. Memories of Eastern Europe! Went to tourist office to find out whenContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 10July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Vicious Dog Fight: Grilled Dog a Bit Tough”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 7July1978: Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal: Smash up Dinner but Caterpillar in Salad

Woken up at 06:00 by call from front desk so sprung into action to board 07:00 bus to Lagos in front of Hotel Rex. It was an hour late or perhaps we were given the wrong time. Not the type of bus I was expecting as we had headphones and they served us coffee. ItContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 7July1978: Lisbon and Lagos, Portugal: Smash up Dinner but Caterpillar in Salad”

“Travels to a Different Time” : 6July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: Dog Peeing and the Stoners

A rough night for sleeping. Probably too many naps and jet lag. The first few days are rough and at times surreal. Went downstairs for breakfast and my friendly waiter engaged in more political discourse. Had a long walk along the grand Avenida de Liberdade. Booked a bus to Lagos on the Algarve. Lunch wasContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : 6July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: Dog Peeing and the Stoners”

“Travels to a Different Time” :4July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: The Overwhelming Decadence of Lisbon

The flight from Montreal to Lisbon on TAP was uneventful. We stopped in the Azores for cleaning and refuelling. Fresh local pineapple was delicious. Arrived in Lisbon around 10:00. First impressions that Lisbon was once a grand city as after all Portugal was a colonial power at one point. But it seems falling apart inContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” :4July1978: Lisbon, Portugal: The Overwhelming Decadence of Lisbon”

RKS Wines: Sandeman Memories: 1999 Vau Vintage Port: The Cruelty of Vintage Port!

Was it November of 2013 after a tasting of Sandeman Ports deep in the Douro hills of Portugal we sipped Sandeman Splashes (tonic and White Port) on a terrace overlooking the Douro River below in the thin early afternoon sunshine munching on Portuguese roasted almonds? My goodness what a memory and what a wonderful lunchContinue reading “RKS Wines: Sandeman Memories: 1999 Vau Vintage Port: The Cruelty of Vintage Port!”

RKS Wine: Porthead Alert! Warre’s Warrior Finest Reserve Port

Attending Port Wine Day years ago in Porto in Portugal I recall a French marketing guru saying Port is a luxury product at a discount price. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate description. Why is this so? I think Portheads are less in abundance than Potheads and given there are now more cannabis storesContinue reading “RKS Wine: Porthead Alert! Warre’s Warrior Finest Reserve Port”