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Portuguese Wines

We were delighted that Wines of Portugal recognised our love affair with Portuguese wine, when they named us Best Independent Chain earlier this year.

We take no small interest in Portugal and are pretty damn excited as we believe that, like fans crammed into The Cavern Club to hear The Beatles or the first person to put sea salt in caramel, we are about to watch something explode in a big way.

Why so? Portuguese vintners have been quietly working away at what they do best – wine made from unique, local grape varieties that tastes unlike pretty much anything else on the market – for a long time. Which is wonderful, as they have really honed the art over the last 4,000-odd years. Lately, we’ve seen more exciting producers pop up than we’ve had hot meals, and we’ve been adding our favourites to our ever-expanding Portuguese range.

We are glad to say that we think there’ll be a lot more people banging the drum for Portugal now, as it has invested heavily in its wine export industry. Producers used to concentrate on exporting Port, keeping their wine for their home market, but they are now on an export drive.

They are jazzing up their labels; including more product information; there is even talk of anglicising grape names; and this year’s Portuguese Wine Fair was veritably buzzing.

But enough PR: let’s get down to the wine. Its closest equivalent, by way of a reference point, would be Spain or Italy. It has the rustic qualities of the former, with the food-friendliness of the latter. Word on the street is that Vinho Verde is reinventing itself and you can now find some seriously, er, serious wines from this northern Portuguese region. Ana, our Buyer, reckons the more southerly Alentejo is the region-to-watch for top value. You heard it here first…

Portuguese Wines Infographi

  • Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    This Portuguese white has a deliciously mouth-watering natural acidity and minerality, incredibly fresh and persistent on the palate.

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  • Barbeito Malvasia Reserva NV - 500ml Madeira

    Barbeito Malvasia Reserva NV - 500ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Stock brokers and entrepreneur Instagramers named things like MoMoney, who take pictures of luxury cars and live in thei...
  • Manz Contador De Estórias Setubal 2017

    Manz Contador De Estórias Setubal 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Cosmopolitan is not merely a fashion magazine or a drink for wealthy women on the Sex and the City, it is the also the n...
  • Manz Dona Fátima Jampal 2017 Portuguesse White Wine

    Manz Dona Fátima Jampal 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Like Casa Lluch Verdil from over the border in Spain, Dona Fátima is the result of a project to revive a long-lo...
  • Manz Platonico Portuguese Red Wine 2016

    Manz Platónico 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Hand-picked from a blind tasting line-up by the winner of ...
  • Manz Pomar do Espirito Portuguese Red Wine 2016

    Manz Pomar do Espirito Santo 2016

    £16.50

    £16.50

    We all should perhaps take a leaf out of Andre Manz book when it comes to quality over quantity and appreciate the li...
  • Paseo Red Portugal Red Wine

    Paseo Red 2017

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Like the bit in Beetlejuice when the eponymous, messed-up protagonist puts a spell on his visitors, making them sing ...
  • Paseo White 2018 White Wine Lisboa Portugal

    Paseo White 2018

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Paseo White Wine, we would be so bold as to venture, lies midway between the flavour profile of Vinho Verde and Albar...
  • Quinta de Bons Ventos 2017 Red Wine Portugal

    Quinta de Bons Ventos 2017

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Nothing short of a sensation, this little red wine has been a success story at Oddbins over the past few years, such ...
  • Quinta de la Rosa 'Dourosa Tinto' 2013

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Tinto' 2017

    £14.50

    £14.50

    It was an ordinary enough Sunday service in Oporto, with the usual stuff - christenings, BMWs in the car park, expens...
  • Quinta Dos Roques 2016 Red Wine Portugal

    Quinta dos Roques 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Wine or maths? Not a difficult question, is it? We don't mind some algebra, fractions or long division occasionally, ...
  • Terras Do Sado 2017

    Terras Do Sado 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    It was dear old Margret Thatcher who claimed, "there's no such thing as society." Throughout her 11-year tenure she spe...

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