Monthly Archives: December 2013

Visiting Graham’s in Porto

Graham’s was founded in 1820 by the brothers William and John Graham.

In 1890 they made a far sighted move and as one of the first port producers, they bought their own wine yard. The now famous Quinta dos Malvedos. It was the same year they built their lodge at its current location in Vila Nova de Gaia.

In 1912 they switched from transporting the pipes of port by boat to have it driven down by train on the newly constructed rail roads.

In 1970 Graham’s was bought by the Symington family and is at present day still in their possession.

The main entrance to the Graham’s wine cellars.
The almost obligatory wine bottle collection that can be found at all the port cellars.
The tour leads through the casks and vats to the vintage cellar.
This is the private collection of Graham’s own vintage wines, owned by the Symington family.
This is the private collection of Graham’s own vintage wines, owned by the Symington family.
This is the private collection of Graham’s own vintage wines, owned by the Symington family.
The newly released 1952 single harvest tawny. A celebration to the jubilee of Queen Elisabeth II.
The large vats with LBV wines.
Casks with colheita and tawny port wines.
Casks with colheita port wines.
The Churchill VIP tasting room is worth the visit, actually I must say that it is a shame to miss this room full of all the original cellar tracking records and the very good wines you get to taste here.

Haandbryggeriet – Bavaria

GS6A2084Haandbryggeriet is a small hand brewery located in Drammen, Norway. Four guys that used to brew at home moved into a old horse stable in 2005 and in 2011 they got a large premise with room for more tanks.

I bought this bottle of re-fermented, unfiltered and non pasteurized beer in a local supermarket in Lillestrøm, Norway at a price of 6 Euro for a 500 ml bottle at 4,5%

Light yellow unfiltered beer.

Head starts out big and settles down to a thin layer.

Aroma is fresh and with a hint of bitter fruit.

Good CO2 with the same slightly bitter fruit from the aroma in the taste with a good sweetness along it, after taste dominated by the bitterness over the fruit.

It is a wheat beer called Bavaria and thus I look upon it as weissbier. Price is on the expensive side.

Overall rating 75 / 100

GB Weiss Bier


The Gourmet Brewery was founded in 2005 in Denmark, today the two originally owners are no longer a part of the brewery and it is owned by the Harboe brewery group.

I bought this beer in a local supermarket in Odense, Denmark at the price of 1,5 Euro for a 500 ml can at 4,8%.

The colour is yellow and looks filtered, there is lack of sediment for this beer type.

Very rough head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is a lovely fruit aroma.

Light bubbly CO2 with a hint of fruit, fast after taste and the alcohol is dominating. This beer reminds me more of a witbier than a weissbier.

Overall rating 67 / 100