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PORTUGAL, BURGUNDY, BLOGS AND CLIFF RICHARD

In a week where Nick Clegg found out that one word poorly chosen can backfire on you in spectacular fashion, we’re going to choose our words very carefully. So what could go wrong if we kick off with a quote from the UK’s most popular singer/songwriter/vineyard owner/calendar model/Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire?

For Portugal’s sake we hope that Sir Cliff only goes there for a summer holiday, and for our sake we hope the other place is much deeper, further away and soundproof. The artist formerly known as Harry Webb is not our only link to Portugal, the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance was ratified in 1386 and is thought to be the oldest alliance in the world to still be in force. What, you hadn’t heard of it? No neither had we, but when we did we were so excited we decided to celebrate the important milestone of its 626th anniversary by getting in loads of Portuguese wines for you. And they are going down really well. Blogger Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, gave us a glowing review here. The Wine Gang awarded our £11.50 FP Branco by Filipa Pato 92 points in their September 2012 Newsletter, an almost unheard of score for a wine of this price. We reckon this fresh white would go beautifully with some tempura, which the Portuguese introduced to Japan in the mid-sixteenth century. We’re interesting fact central right here today. If you fancy celebrating the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, you can by heading on over to one of our shops or by grabbing our Portuguese Explorers Case online. Right, who’s up next? Let’s hope this one really is from a legend of the wine industry…
The Americans called the hero wine merchant Harry Waugh “the man with the millon-dollar palate.” So when it comes to his criteria, one out of two ain’t bad. Was that what Meatloaf said? Where are all these ageing rockers coming from? Anyway, where were we? Oh yes, Burgundy, despite Harry’s benchmarks it doesn’t have to be red to be outstanding. The white wines from the négociant Verget are incredible and we have six of the best for you. The man behind these wines, Jean-Marie Guffens, has been described as “the world’s greatest Chardonnay winemaker”, we implore you to find out why by diving into this selection of his finest. Our following quotee would probably agree…
We’re not sure that Fiona was specifically talking about Blogbins when she wrote this in the Guardian at the weekend, but she gave bloggers and our Wine Bloggers’ Case her seal of approval. In celebration of the blogosphere, we popped open a bottle of England’s classiest fizz, Gusbourne’s Sparkling Rosé, and wrote a new post on Blogbins called “May we have a word?” If you have a moment, please have a read.That’s all from us, your challenge for the week, should you choose to accept, is to tell us your favourite wine quotes in the comments section of our blog. Until then we’ll leave you one to ponder over with your Weetabix tomorrow morning…

“Good sound Claret… an agreeable substitute for tea or coffee at breakfast during warm weather…”
Charles Tovey