Some great wines from Portugal
27 Jun 2005 by JR
Just like Spain, Portugal is in the grip of a table wine revolution. But unlike Spain it has a vast collection of its own indigenous vine varieties, many of them bursting with individuality and ideally suited to their own particular region. High acidity and tannin are the usual hallmarks of Portuguese reds. The base of this collection of some of the more interesting Portuguese wines I have tasted recently was a collection assembled in London by the specialist writer Richard Mayson entitled Fifty Great Portuguese Red Wines. As he pointed out to me at the tasting, 20 years ago only six of his 50-odd chosen producers existed, and even 10...

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