There was a phenomenal turnout of over 50 people for Teddington Wine Society’s tasting of Portuguese wines last Friday.
Excited by the prospect of an eclectic, wide ranging tasting of indigenous grapes and an exploration of some of the lesser known valleys and regions, we took over the main stage of the Landmark rather than cram into the Bell Room!
Portuguese wines have improved out of all recognition over the last 20 years and yet have remained loyal to a huge diversity of local grapes rather than pursue the easy charms of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
We kicked off with some White Port from Quinta do Infantado. Refreshing, medium sweet and served lightly chilled it is a wonderful alternative aperitif.
Our tasting then took a tour around some of Portugals wine regions encompassing a white field blend from Dao, a delicious Bairrada red from the famous Dr Luis Pato and a refreshing Vinho Verde from the Minho.
We carried onto to an exclusive wine from the Alentejo called Sidecar. Made by esteemed winemaker Susana Esteban in conjunction with the esteemed Dirk Niepoort – only 1500 bottles were made.
A final highlight was a Magnum of Redoma 2006 from Niepoort. Utterly declicious red wine from the Douro Valley that really showed how good it can get!
No Portugal tasting is complete without some Port and the Quinta do Infantado 10 year old Tawny was the ideal finish with a little piece of chocolate.