Tag Archives: Portuguese wines

Wine of the Week – Arca Nova Alvarinho 2011

This Colheita 2011 Arca Nova Alvarinho is made with one of Portugal’s most famous white varietals offers good acidity and notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Fresh and elegant, the well structured wine is 13 percent abv. Fernando Machado and Henrique Lopes, the winemakers, have won major awards for their offerings. Grapes are picked by hand and destemmed, then crushed to capture aromas before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel vats. Quinta das Arcas was founded in 1985. Serve this lovely white by the glass as an aperitif or with fish and seafood dishes. Visit http://www.quintadasarcas.com/en/producao.asp

Wine of the Week – LVW 2009 Red Wine

From Portugal comes this ruby red wine whose initials stand for Luxury Vargas Wines.From Spirit Grape Iberia, the wine is produced and bottled by H. Abrante Douro Wine Ltd. It has good structure and balance and is smooth with excellent fruit flavors. Give it plenty of air and those flavors will intensify. It’s sensuous and silky and has a suggested retail price of $9.99, making it an ideal wine by the glass, offering value to both the diner and the restaurant. The wine is imported by Dos Familias.com. Visit http://www.ibericawines.com/

Wine of the Week – Fonseca BIN No. 27 Reserve Ruby Porto

Like many European wineries, Fonseca was founded in the 19th century – 1822 – when Manoel Pedro Guiumaraens purchased Fonseca & Monteiro and began producing complex Porto wines. His great-great grandson, Bruce, continued the tradition until ’55, and today, his son, David Guimaraens, carries on, offering two 100-point wines in his very first vintage.
BIN No. 27 is made with the exception grapes in the Cima Corgo and is rich with a nose of blackberry and cassis.
We tend to think of Porto in connection with cooler days or celebratory occasions, but the fact is that it is worth drinking any time because it is delicious! This port is blended from reserve wines chosen for intense color and fruit characteristics and is aged four years in neutral wood vats.
Drink it with a nice Cheddar or dark chocolate or berry-based desserts. The port is 20 percent alcohol and made with Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tionto Cão and Tinta Amarela. With a suggested retail price of $19.95, it represents great value on a restaurant by the glass list.