Thursday, March 5, 2009

Up-and-Coming Portugal

Yesterday, I attended the Wine Media Guild of New York's monthly tasting and lunch, this one focusing on the dry wines of Portugal. It was, as I expected, a remarkable afternoon.

Too many people still think of sweet Port when Portugal is mentioned, but the truth is that the dry wines of this country at the far Western slice of the Iberian Peninsula are as exciting as anything in the world right now. Specific tasting notes will follow in the coming days as I transcribe my scribblings, but for now, at least, it's worth saying that Portugal is on the upswing...

The whites are typically refreshing and almost dangerously easy to drink, and the reds tend to offer both deep fruit characteristics and a sense of place that will both surprise and delight the uninitiated. If you're looking for a new wine project, then studying the dry wines of Portugal is it: They are guaranteed to charm you. And, more often than not, they won't break the bank, either.


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