Portugal? The Next Best Wine Region?

Portugal? The Next Best Wine Region?

  

  

Wines from Portugal, specifically Douro Valley, are starting to rattle the wine world. This region claimed three of the top five places in Wine Spectator's 2014 Top 100 ranking. In fact, Dow's Vintage Porto 2011 was #1!

We were so lucky to be able to sample a few older vintages from Dow's Vintage Porto - the 1977 and 1985! We have a VERY special wine club member who invites us (wine lovers) to partake in a sampling of his cellar every now and then. They both were drinking beautifully! 

"It's been famous for producing extraordinary ports for over 300 years and it's got a unique beauty all its own," says Paul Symington, whose family produces the top wine. "There are many superlatives that you can apply to the Douro. Many of us argue it's the most beautiful wine-growing area in the world." (USA TODAY)

When we think of Douro, we usually just think of Ports (wines fortified with brandy). However, this region is producing some amazing tables wines. They are slowly reaching the mass market, and we are starting to witness a few winners here in Montana! Some of you might remember the #1 selling wine from our November "Grand Tasting," the Portada (Wine Enthusiast 90) from Portugal. It rings in at a retail cost of ONLY $11. We continue to sell cases of it due to its popular demand!