There are days that I write several articles at a time, and as anyone who has ever written a blog knows, there is plenty of preparation time. In my case there is collating a venue with a certain wine or wines. Sometimes if I am writing about a certain district or commune like Pauillac; checking the assorted strata of the classification list.
Then there is the scanning of the assorted memorabilia and labels, and then balancing the picture to make it as clear as possible. There is the research and then the writing, then I use two different sets of tools to make sure that grammar and spelling is correct. Then there is the process of getting the article and the images together and schedule when the article is to be published.
Why am I talking about all of this? When I am writing, trying to please my personal Muse, I get thirsty. What will make The Wine Raconteur happy, while he is trying to please his Muse? He goes down to the cellar and selects something that looks interesting that will be pleasant with some cheese and crackers. I also get the munchies on occasion.
The last couple of days I have been enjoying a bottle of wine from Portugal. I opened a bottle of Vallado Douro Vinho Tinto 1999. According to the back label the first mention of Quinta do Vallado dates back to 1716. This wine has been family produced by the same family since 1818 on sixty hectares of vineyards. The wine is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Amarela. In 2002 The Wine Spectator listed this wine in their list of the best wines for the year with a score 91. It placed as number 78 out of 100.
This was a wonderful little wine to savor as I did my blog work. It was lighter in color then I expected, but part of it may have been its age. The tannins had mellowed and it was just an easy drinking wine. I was also surprised at the amount of deposit that developed as it aged in the bottle. All in all I enjoyed the wine and I really enjoyed it in a casual atmosphere. It also was pleasant with the chili that my Bride made the other day.