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When we were in Portugal to celebrate the bicentennial of General Delaborde’s Battle of Roliça against Wellington, I was keen to try a Moscatel …

Another from the 3rd Optimor Case, and this a blend based primarily on Touriga Nacional. Deep, slightly opaque ruby colour; youthful, dense and with …

This was then designed to be the centrepiece of Mum’s 60th – a 60 year old Madeira. And it performed pretty well too. And …

What a cracking way to finish Tony’s stag party dinner at Greig’s Grill. It is such a shame that they served this in old-school …

So we closed-out the Optimor dining challenge with this, which, although a great year for Port, I figured would be fully mature (less good …

My colleague Cristiana had had the 2005 of this, and gave me a bottle for helping her find some in the UK. Cracked the …

Wine of the night with my cousins. Relatively pale garnet core, with a ruby / tawny rim. Attractive nose – fairly intense soft red …

This one gets in not so much for being a reasonably decent LBV, but because of the abuse it survived! I’d kept this 3/4 …

Recommended to me by the guy in The Corkscrew near Grafton Street, as something different. Opened up after a day, so I’d say needs …

Good, but perhaps not as good as my raised expectations anticipated. Pale ruby core, fading to a wide, tawny rim. Medium-intensity almost ‘perfumed’ bouquet, …