Portugal Beyond Port – Alentejo Wines

on 21/09/10 at 12:43 pm

Wine

Portugal's Alentejo region is producing world class blends.

Grape names mostly unknown to American ears and palates are producing unforgettable wines in southern Portugal.

Sure, Portugal is becoming known for more than just its fortified wines. That crisp summertime favorite Vinho Verde comes to mind, as well as some great inexpensive red blends from the Douro region produced from the same grapes as Port. But another noteworthy Portuguese wine region exists, one that’s been making wine for a long time but has fallen under the radar until recently. The wines coming out of Alentejo (pronunciation guide here) in south-central Portugal are terroir-driven, with intense aromas and flavors, refreshing acidity and food friendly.

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