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Wine Solutions

Dedicated to discussing the enjoyment of wine through wine tasting, collecting,
studies and travel, Wine Solutions is Toms wine consulting company.
"The Blog" is the writing outlet for many of the experiences provided by Wine Solutions.
Graham’s & Dow’s Graham’s & Dow’s
Graham's & Dow's
The Symington Dynamic Duo Graham’s Port Lodge, Porto & Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim, Pinhao, Douro Valley In February I made my first wine-related work trip to Portugal and third overall. I had the chance to check out the newly renovated Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim in the Douro and the Graham’s Port lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the Douro river from Porto with the rest of the Port Lodges. Both were stunningly refurbished recently and designed for the visitor to leave impressed and quite frankly blown away by Portuguese and Symington hospitality. When I first visited Portugal in 2013, the big producers, outside Taylor-Fladgate that just opened the gorgeous and successful Yeatman restaurant (2 Michelin stars) and boutique hotel, we ...
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E. Guigal E. Guigal
E. Guigal
Guigal Spring Tasting New York City April 2017 Etienne, the “E.” in E. Guigal, was the grandfather of the current head of the enterprise, Philippe Guigal.Etienne started Guigal in 1946 just after the Second World War. France was in tatters… ...
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Weingut Knoll: The Classicist Weingut Knoll: The Classicist
Weingut Knoll: The Classicist
Weingut Knoll Unterloiben Wachau, Austria September 2016 The iconic Knoll label depicting Saint Urban – the patron Saint of vineyards and winemakers. Of all the wine producers in the Wachau, maybe none more than Knoll sets ablaze the attention and desire of the sommelier set and the wine geeks, and for very good reason as these are very special wines. ...
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The Genius of Soalheiro The Genius of Soalheiro
The Genius of Soalheiro
Quinta do Soalheiro Melga     Quinta do Soalheiro, Portugal February 2017 On a sunny and cool spring-like day in the middle of the winter, we headed to the northernmost reaches of Portugal to the Minho River which forms the border with Spain in Melgaço. Looking around…       ...
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Weingut Josef Jamek Weingut Josef Jamek
Weingut Josef Jamek
JJJ – Weingut Josef Jamek The Doyen of the Wachau Joching, Austria September 2016 Landmarks like this one for “Ried Klaus” mark the border or start of a “Ried” or “Cru” Vineyard in the Wachau The late Josef Jamek is known in the Wachau, and in the greater part of Austria, as the pioneering leader of quality wine production and the father of the modern-day style of dry Wachau wines. ...
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