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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

  • Fortissimo Alentejo 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Ripe red berry fruits, baking spices with a warm smooth, texture.
  • Fado White 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    A blend of Siria, Arinto and a smattering of Viognier has a beautiful mineral, floral and tropical character.
  • Terras Do Sado 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Terras do Sado Tinto is fresh and bright with punchy dark fruit notes and soft spiciness that makes it markedly drinkable.

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  • Duas Quintas Portuguese Red Wine 2015

    Duas Quintas 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    We have a recipe for you. Take one world famous Port house (Ramos Pinto) and one incredibly prestigious Champagne pro...
  • Fado Red Wine 2017

    Fado Red 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    We're sure English cricket fans would resent admitting it but sometimes the occasion calls for an Australian. Times s...
  • Fortissimo Alentejo 2017

    Fortissimo Alentejo 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    A little quiet can be greatly apricated sometimes, like when you've spent all year working next to a collection of st...
  • Manz Penedo Do Lexim 2015

    Manz Penedo Do Lexim 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The myth of Sisyphus is well known. A man punished by the gods for his deceit, doomed to spend his days pushing a bou...
  • Manz Platonico Portuguese Red Wine 2016

    Manz Platónico 2016

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Hand-picked from a blind tasting line-up by the winner of ...
  • Niepoort Bioma Tinto 2015 Red Wine

    Niepoort Bioma Tinto 2015

    £25.00

    £25.00

    We love port, it's like red wine but turned up to 11. More intensity of flavour, more alcohol and more sugar deliver ...
  • Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The line between genius and insanity is a fluid one. Look at Lord Byron, we all love a bit of Don Juan; some cracking...
  • Quinta de la Rosa 'Dourosa Tinto' 2013

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Tinto' 2016

    £13.75

    £13.75

    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

    £14.00

    £14.00

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

    Sentada Vinho Tinto 2017

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Lisbon is renowned for its communal courtyard meals, where people will, as the African-Portugese say, 'have a sentada...
  • Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    Serpentina Reserva DOC Douro White 2017

    £11.00

    £11.00

    We love Portugal because they don't play by anyone else's rules when it comes to winemaking. The world wants Cabernet...
  • 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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