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

Mariella 2018 Rosé Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Steely pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of toasted cranberry nut bread and honey with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of wild strawberry compote, rainier cherry, and Saturn peach with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and refreshing rose with a nice balance of fruit and savory tones; this will pair nicely with a wide range of foods.
89 points $16 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
Bernador NV  Vinho Verde
88 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of kiwis in sweet yogurt, ruby red grapefruit, and lime custard with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, fast apple and jicama finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, fresh Vinho Verde with wide appeal.
88 points $4.99 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.
Fat Baron 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$20
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of tannery, caulk, powdered berry drink mix, walnut muffin, dried figs and dates, and sea foam with a tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-length thai iced tea with coconut and sea salt finish with clunky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A tannin dominated Cabernet.