About White Wines from Portugal

About White Wines from Portugal
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

White Wines

Ela 2017 White Vinho Verde DOC
90 points
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
Opta 2016 Branco White Blend Dao
88 points
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
Vidigal 2016  Vinho Verde DOC
87 points
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, grilled kumquat, and melon rind with a supple, racy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and an appealing, breezy finish imparting notes of meyer lemon granita and grassy earth with no oak flavor. A bright and refreshing vinho verde that will compliment a fish dish nicely.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy