Portugal's Fine Wines: Here Be Treasures
We all know port. But there’s a whole universe of fine Portuguese table wine out just waiting to be explored. It’s far less known but certainly no less exciting…so we dive in.Peter’s fired up after a recent trip to host a masterclass in Porto, where he tasted wines back to 1978 and recorded with a selection of Portugal’s top wine talent, from Dirk and Daniel Niepoort to Sandra Tavares, Luis Pato, Susana Esteban and Tomas Roquette.Once back, he made sure to call in some special wines to taste and share on air, including the legendary Barca Velha, Portugal’s most famous red – a wine that launched a thousand bottles… It’s not a wine you get to see very often, let alone taste, so this is a privileged insight.Let’s not beat around the bush: this is a tasting featuring a healthy amount of disagreement. These are undoubtedly fine, characterful, often intriguing wines – but they can (clearly) polarise opinion. We explore the reasons why.Also featured in this episode are (sometimes anguished) listener feedback about our Santorini mini-series, the ‘Porta 6 effect’, Maserati, roof-hoping, Javier Bardem, field blends, ozone, and a €1,000 magnum. Peter gets a blind-wine challenge live on air – and we also touch on how to lose €10m with one word…Wines tasted in this episodeLuis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco 2022, Bairrada, 13%Susana Esteban Procura Branco 2020, Alentejano, 13%Niepoort Redoma Branco 2021, Douro, 11.5%Meandro do Vale Meão 2020, Douro, 14%Mouchão Tonel 3-4 2013, Alentejo, 14.5%Barca Velha 2011, Douro, 14.5%We love to hear from you so please do get in touch! Send us a voice message via Speakpipe or you can find more details to get in touch on our website (link below).All details from this episode are on our website: Show notes for Wine Blast S4 E21: Portugal's Fine Wines - Here Be Treasures.Thanks for tuning in. Here's to the joy of wine - cheers to you!
Fri, June 16, 2023