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A 'New Douro' Star

Posted by David Eley on 19-11-2008


Harvesting high in Gaivosa's vineyards - click to enlarge

The first section of a two-part comprehensive profile on Quinta da Gaivosa has been added to our New Douro micro-site and is now online . Father and son winemakers Domingos and Tiago Alves de Sousa have established a fine reputation for their stunning portfolio of authentic Douro D.O.C. wines. With no less than six separate estates and an impressive array of award winning vintages, Alves de Sousa epitomize the dynamic face of Portuguese winemaking. Each of their premium wines is authentic and provides pure expression of Gaivosa's unique parcels of terroir.


The beautiful estate of Quinta da Gaivosa is situated in the Baixa Corgo region of northern Portugal's Douro Valley, a place of steeply terraced vines, lichen covered schist walls and abundant fruit trees. Many of the vineyards are small and contain very old vines, by identifying and expressing the individual qualities of each, Alves de Sousa have created a fascinating and eclectic mix of superb bottles, including Vinha de Lordelo, Vale da Raposa and the fast-forward cult cuvée ‘Abandonado'.


To receive further details of Gaivosa ‘Part 2', including a full vineyard profile and vindima pictorial essay, subscribe to our e-Newsletter.


Important note: all 'New Douro' navigation is in red at the bottom of each respective Quinta page.




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Going Dutch with 'Marvellous Marcel'

Posted by David Eley on 08-11-2008


I am delighted to announce that marvellous Marcel Swaghoven, the Meester Gastrenoom, bon viveur and mischievously funny Dutch sommelier is our brand new Wine Spy from Holland. Marcel is larger than life, passionate about fine wine and runs a highly regarded Michelin starred restaurant, together with his chef brother Eric. Based in Venlo, close by Maastricht on the Netherlands/Belgium frontier, Marcel welcomes visitors from all over Europe.


His first four wine recommendations have now been posted, with many more to come. Marcel has a first class palate and deals with great wines every day of his life... both professionally and for pleasure. His articulate descriptions and ability to define the wine in his glass will be a major asset to A Good Nose as we travel in Marcel's company, to private tastings and gourmet dinners at some of Europe's finest restaurants.



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