Northern Portugal's dramatic vineyards
I'm singing with great glee after learning about these 2 bargain Portuguese wines at a recent Society of Wine Educators meeting. I took a group to
Both white wines are from northern
not far from the Spanish border. Adega Ponte de Lima Adamado 2011 is a rock-star considering its price. Westchesterwine.com has it for the incredible price of $6.79---even with $40 case shipping, that’s still an unbeatable $10 bottle. Made from a combination of 3 local grapes (regrettably, none of which we have in the Portugal ), its 10% alcohol level makes it the ideal choice for a hot summer’s evening aperitif. Although I loved the floral and white peach nose, as well as the lemon and slight spritz on the palate, it was its acidity that made it sing. US
The next find, Quinta de Carapeços Alvarinho 2011, is made from the popular grape known as Albarino across the border in Spain. This Portuguese rendition packs in aromas of white peaches and flowers, along with layers of honeysuckle and citrus in the mouth. A great finish put it at the top of hit parade. At present this is not imported, however, I understand that it will soon be. Cost is expected to be well under $20 per bottle.
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