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

Bernador NV  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$4.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of tropical fruit, sweet pear, and hay with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, easy hints-of-mango, wheat grass, and passion fruit finish. A refreshing and layered Vinho Verde with nicely restrained acidity.
89 points $4.99 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
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 Fine Ruby Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of raspberry syrup, mead, roasted agave, toasted oats, apple compote, melon, and mint with a silky, vibrant, sweet medium body and a peppery, medium-length nuts in caramel and berry jelly finish. A solid Ruby Port for cocktails.
Romariz NV Fine Tawny Porto Douro
87 points
$21
Ruby black color. Aromas of orange liqueur, baked figs, panettone, and dried pears with a round, vibrant, sweet medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length toffee-coated walnuts, mulberry coulis, creme caramel, and peppercorns finish with light oak flavor. A tasty Tawny Port to accent the final course.
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
Mateus 2019 Dry Rosé Portugal
85 points
$12
Pink coral color. Aromas of strawberry preserve and watermelon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length hints of celery and orange zest finish with no oak flavor. A crisp, light and cheery Rosé that refreshes.
Raw Bar 2019  Vinho Verde
85 points
$10
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of cream, dried lemon, and chalk with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a silky, cheery finish conveying nuances of green papaya and mango. A crisp, refreshing Vinho Verde for casual sipping.
Gazela NV  Vinho Verde
84 points
$7
Straw green color. Aromas of pressed linen, lemon blossom, bitter almond, and lime with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length Seville orange, Meyer lemon, and kiwi finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, refreshing Vinho Verde with a cheery vibe.