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

Opta 2018 Branco White Blend Dao
93 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale bright golden straw color. Waxy aromas and flavors of orange oil, lemon pith, jasmine, and pineapple skin with a round, racy, dry medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish conveying notes of lemon zest, honey, lime peel, ginger, and celery seed with fine tannins. A bright and balanced Portuguese white that sings of crisp breezes and wild flower fields.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Jm Fonseca Twin Vines 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lemon, peaches and cream, and fresh herbs with a lean, vibrant, petillant, dry light body and a sleek, brisk finish that shows nuances of lemon curd, graham cracker, and wet white stones with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A refreshing sipper for light meals and pleasant conversation.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Raw Bar 2020  Vinho Verde
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of grapefruit juice, candied peach, white jasmine, and lemon zest with a supple, bright, petillant, dry light body and a smooth, snappy kiwi, passionfruit and fruit cocktail finish with no oak flavor. A bright and tropical, fruit-forward Vinho Verde that will shine al fresco.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Caiu A Noite 2020  Vinho Verde DOC
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe pear, guanabana, taffy, banana, and coriander with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of lime spritz and wet stone with no oak flavor. A joyous Vinho Verde with great citrusy pop and a mineral-driven finish.
89 points $10 Best Buy
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
Vidigal 2019  Vinho Verde DOC
85 points
$12.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of flint, dried granny smith apples, and soufflé with a lean, vibrant, petillant, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy lemon-honey vinaigrette finish with no oak flavor. A lean and refreshing Vinho Verde for casual daytime indulging.
85 points $12.99
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.