Wine of the Week – Wines of Alentejo PORTUGAL
Dwight Casimere | 7/22/2019, 8:30 p.m.
New to the United States are a slew of deliciously fruity wines from southern Portugal's Alentejo region. The wines are all priced in the $12 to $20 range and offer outstanding taste and versatility relative to their modest price They're great for serving anytime or with almost anything that might wind up on your summertime buffet
The Portuguese like their neighbors in Spain are famous for noshing at all times of day. They are never without a small plate of olives or a slice of cured salumi meat or a local cheese or one of their absolute favorites blood sausages. Don’t let the latter description scare you they’re delicious! White wines are usually a light crisp Sauvignon Blanc fermented and aged entirely in the tank and served well chilled to accentuate its fresh taste. Try it with a local favorite fresh cooked great northern beans drenched in olive oil fresh parsley and garlic, sort of a Portuguese bean salad. The Red wines are usually 100 percent of the local Touriga Nacional grape or a blend with several other local grapes like Avarinho (I called it Al Pacino like the actor, just to make it easy to remember. Nobody laughed at my little joke. Such a pity. I thought I was being so clever).
The reds are really bright and fruit with neon purple color and aromas of crushed rose petals and nice flavors of plum jam and ripe cherries and strawberries. They're great with soft cheeses, especially ones made from sheep’s milk and any type of cured or grilled meat. You can also have it with grilled salmon or branzino, nice marinated skirt steak or flank steak with a nice side salad of fresh onions tomatoes and olives would make for a perfect afternoon meal. Look for the wines of Alentejo in your local wine shop this weekend.