RKS 2023 Wines: Special Memories of the Dão: Boas Quintas

I had the pleasure of visiting the Dão in 2018 with some members of the international wine media. The wines, the vineyards, the topography the people and the food were memorable although the schedule was rough. Fly into Porto overnight from Toronto. Meet at the Porto Sheraton and relax with a tea which I neverContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wines: Special Memories of the Dão: Boas Quintas”

RKS Wine: Alentejano Wines Keep Charging Ahead

If we discuss Portuguese imports of wine to Canada the Douro leads the pack but over the past few years the wines of Alentejano are catching up. Let’s try Valcatrina from the Alentejano from well known producer Casa Santos Lima. Unfortunately, the label only states the wine is made from “typical grape varieties”. Hardly helpfulContinue reading “RKS Wine: Alentejano Wines Keep Charging Ahead”

RKS Wine: The Life of Portugal’s Runner Up!

As for Portuguese wines on the California centric shelves of Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s the big guy is the Douro and in a somewhat distant second place but gaining ground are the wines from Alentejano. We try a Monte Velho from the Alentejano a blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. On theContinue reading “RKS Wine: The Life of Portugal’s Runner Up!”

RKS Wine: Quinta do Bom Retiro in The Douro: Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed!

If my memory serves me correct I flew to Porto from Toronto in November 2014 on my very first European media tour. I was travelling with B a writer freelancing for a major Canadian newspaper. From the airport we were picked by our driver Mr. Antonio and guide L from the Instituto dos Vinhos doContinue reading “RKS Wine: Quinta do Bom Retiro in The Douro: Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed!”

RKS Wine: Cabriz Colheita Selecionada 2019 from the Dão in Portugal

The Cabriz Colheita Selecionada 2019 breezes in at $14.95 a welcome price point in these inflationary times. I contemplate with some trepidation what it might cost next year. It is a blend of 40% Alfrocheiro Preto, 40% Tinta Roriz and 20% Touriga Nacional and was aged in French oak for 6 months. On the noseContinue reading “RKS Wine: Cabriz Colheita Selecionada 2019 from the Dão in Portugal”

RKS Wine: Confidencial Reserve Rosé from Lisbon

Confidencial is a label of Casa Santos Lima. They make a low-priced red that is a real winner and one of those old-style red wines that needs some serious ageing to flourish. This rosé is from “more than 10 grapes” and the winery considers the types as “confidential”. I suspect that with so many varietiesContinue reading “RKS Wine: Confidencial Reserve Rosé from Lisbon”

RKS Wine: The Douro’s Rede Reserva

A blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. The usual Douro red wine suspects as I like to say. But if any of them are arrested they’ll be acquitted of all charges based on good taste of course. Virtually purple in colour. Aromatics of a Douro winery at harvest time. Intense nose ofContinue reading “RKS Wine: The Douro’s Rede Reserva”

RKS Wine: Douro’s Uniqo

A blend of Touriga Nacional (50%), Touriga Franca (30%) and Tinta Roriz (20%). It has spent 18 months in French oak. On the nose this portrays itself as a very big wine with notes of Chambord, black cherry, fig jam and blackberry. On the palate the tannins are moderate with acids totally under control. TheContinue reading “RKS Wine: Douro’s Uniqo”

RKS Wine: Colossal Reserva from Lisboa: Gigantically Delicious?

Is the Colossal Reserva from Portugal’s Lisboa appellation gigantically delicious or disastrous? As there is Alicante Bouschet in the blend that’s almost always a good sign! On the nose black cherry, pomegranate and ripe raspberry. The tannins are moderate but generous to support up to three years of cellaring. Black cherry, cola with some raspberryContinue reading “RKS Wine: Colossal Reserva from Lisboa: Gigantically Delicious?”

RKS Wine: A Douro Delight? Prova Cega Sparks Demonstrations Against Canadian Wine Writer in Portugal!

Spoilt brats like me get so accustomed to consistent excellence of Douro reds from Portugal they often fail to become excited by them and instead nonchalantly assume excellence. Poor spoilt brat! What pressure on Douro winemakers to be held in such high esteem! I have had some knockouts at under $15 so money doesn’t necessarilyContinue reading “RKS Wine: A Douro Delight? Prova Cega Sparks Demonstrations Against Canadian Wine Writer in Portugal!”