|Part of the fun: operating the forklift|
Because of the blending, Portuguese white wine is more complex than than most single varietal wines. Unless you are very familiar with them, it is near impossible to identify the grape varieties. With modern winemaking techniques, the wine retains freshness and fruitiness but the aromas are never over-dominant, making for some very food-friendly wines.
|There is an annual Sardines Festival in the Algarve|
Wine is for enjoying with food and friends, and Portuguese wine certainly fits the bill. Sometimes, we wine drinkers should stop being over-analytical and thinking we are only any good if we can name the grape varieties in a wine. As long as it is well-made, balanced and enjoyed with good food and good company, does it matter if it is a Chardonnay, an Arinto or a blend of five grapes that we can’t pronounce properly?
Pouco Comum Alvarinho 2010, Qunita da Lixa: Light and refreshing with intense floral and white fruit notes. Try this with Chiuchow style Chili crab.
Tiara 2009, Niepoort: A Douro white with more than five different indigenous grape varieties. This is one where nobody could have guessed the grapes. Slightly smoky and savoury with subtle tropical fruit and melon. Good structure and length. Perfect with a stir-fried chicken dish.