Wine Tasting - New Releases of Reds from Portugal|
November 26th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Reds from Portuga, for inclusion on our list. John Fagan of Calmont Beverage, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Occupying a long narrow strip down the western seaboard of the Iberian Peninsula, the dominant factor on grape growing in Portugal is the Atlantic ocean. In all but the deep south of the country coastal conditions are wet and cool. Grapes grown here are fairly difficult to ripen and light, high-acid wines like Vinho Verde are made. Further inland in the north, the climate is considerably warmer and sunnier, rainfall is lighter and the vineyards are more sheltered. This Northeastern quarter of the country is home to most of the great wine regions which grow the grapes not only for Port, but for an increasingly good range of red wines. Rather like the Northern Rhone, the upper reach of the Douro Valley is a steeply sloping, cavernous landscape, where terraces have to be blasted into granite and schistous rock for the vines to gain a foothold. There is a very large range of indigenous Portuguese grape varieties, which is one of the potential strengths of the wine-making scene: not too much incursion as yet by the ubiquitous "international" varieties. How can you get your head around the wines of a country that has more than 250 native grapes? Not all of them are world-beaters, but a significant number make great wines, taste like no other grapes on earth and work well in Portuguese soils. In addition, in this deeply conservative, traditional country, a new generation of winemakers is really shaking things up. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Esporao, "Alandra", Portugal 2013 (3 Liter Box)
Quinta de Bons-Veatos, Lisboa 2012
Esporao, "Assobio", Douro 2011
Dona Ermelinda, Palmela 2010
Crasto, Douro 2012
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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