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
Romariz 2017 Vintage 2017 Douro
89 points
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate ganache, ripe blueberries, spiced pastry, honey, and licorice with a slightly chewy, lively, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long finish with accents of stewed raisins with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dense and sturdy vintage port that should age gracefully, youthful now but will develop into a complex wine worthy of a special occasion. Drink 2025-2030.
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
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