About Portuguese Wine

About Portuguese Wine
Portuguese wine is of course, most famously represented by Port, a fortified wine made from grapes in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. There are several different types of Port, from the basic Ruby, meant for early consumption to vintage ports, which drink well in some instances upon their 30th or 40th birthday.

Other wines from Portugal include dry table reds made form grapes that can also be used for Port production. These include Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Tinta Barroca; of these three, it is Tinta Nacional that produces the most powerful wines. These are big, ripe, modern red wines with moderate acidity.

The best white wine in Portugal is Albarino, an aromatic, dry white with plenty of floral perfumes as well as white spice notes. These are lovely wines for shellfish or merelt for consumption on a hot summer's day.

Vinho Verde - literally "green wine" - is a lighter, dry to off dry white that is refreshing and down to earth; it pairs well with simple salads and seafood.

Finally there is Madeira, a fortified wine from the eponymous island in the Atlantic. Examples of Madeira have been known to age for more than one hundred years and in a few examples, even two centuries

Top Picks for Portugal

Ela 2017 White Vinho Verde DOC
90 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of roasted tangerine, exotic tropical fruits, and pickled melon rinds with a supple, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long finish with impressions of green apple skin and minerals. A delicious Vinho Verde with a great blend of fruit and savory tones.
90 points $10.99 Best Buy
Pereira 2017 Red Blend Vinho Regional Lisboa
89 points
$5
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Herbal aromas of stewed plums, mulberry, worn leather, and sweet gum tree with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and an effortless, medium-length licorice and bay leaf finish with earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A lovely Portuguese red with bright fruit, balancing tannins, and lots of table appeal.
89 points $5 Best Buy
Capela Santa Margarida 2016 Red Blend Alentejo
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of wild blackberry, wintergreen, milk chocolate, and sap with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length cafe au lait, tapenade, slate, candied tomato, and burlap finish with light oak flavor. A youthful, fruity red that will pair effortlessly.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ignia 2016 Portuguese Red Blend Portugal
89 points
$17.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of vanilla cola, blackberry relish, sweet mint, and goat cheese with lavender with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length quince, boysenberry jam, and cocoa butter finish with moderate oak flavor. A velvety red that will work well at the table.
89 points $17.99
Ela 2017 Rose Vinho Verde DOC
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon and concord grape jelly with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish with notes of Seville orange zest and lime with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightful and fruity Vinho Verde for summer fun.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Opta 2016 Branco White Blend Dao
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mango chutney, delicate spice and mint, and lemon curd with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish conveying overtones of honeyed melon with no oak flavor. A round and ready Portuguese white that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Porto Meneres NV Porto Fine White Douro
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Spicy, fruity aromas of peach candies, sponge cake, birch forest, and coriander with a glycerous, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length orange marmalade, orange blossom, apricot-almond tea cake, and clove finish with heavy oak flavor. A zesty white port that will make for great porto-tonicos and cocktail play.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Romariz NV Reserva Latina Tawny Port Douro
87 points
$18.99
Brick red color. Fruity aromas of dried pineapple with coconut, sultanas, honey roasted macadamia, marigold, and fondant with a satiny, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length molasses, tobacco, constant comment tea, black pepper, and ginger finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tasty port fit for after dinner sips or cocktail creation.
87 points $18.99
Fat Baron 2016  Shiraz
87 points
$20
Black violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of white chocolate bon bon, vanilla fondant, raspberry jam, and chocolate cake with a velvety, vibrant, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish manifesting notes of honeycomb and clay with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sweet vanilla-kissed wine that will pair well with blue cheeses and game.
Fado 2016 Reserva dAmizade Lisboa
87 points
$25
Violet color. Sweet aromas of sweet red and black licorice, blackberry-vanilla gelato, grapeseed oil, and sugared plums with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, breezy creme Anglaise, French toast, pencil shavings, and sweet tea finish with medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. An easy-drinking Portuguese red in a new-world style that offers kisses of pleasing sweetness.