The 2009 vintage has caused some controversy in the Douro insofar that although some great wines have been made, not all the Shippers are in agreement that it should be declared as a ‘Vintage’.
Closing the shop on Christmas Eve (we are open until five tomorrow) is always a challenge and I may have to see if I can sneak off a bit early to get to my favourite carol service. The charm is worth it - the tiny thirteenth century St Philip's church of Little Rollright has no electricity, and so the rare services here are entirely candle-lit.
A very good vintage indeed, and wines which will stay the course of time. But who needs to buy them?
The run up to Christmas Eve is a long one for the wine-trade, and as we do not close our shops until 6.00pm, by the time we get home a sharp restorative measure is needed in order to take the edge off of exhaustion and at the same time make greeting Mother-in-Law all the more pleasurable…