Monte Da Pecaguina 2007 - Alentejo, Portugal

December 21, 2009

What the heck, this is a Vermont wine blog, why all the foreign stuff?!
I’ll tell you why… our own grape and wine industry is in its infancy, and until we are happily drowning in our own juices, I feel that it is my duty to share world wine info with my fellow and frugal Vermonters.
Portugal still represents one of the best dollar for dollar values in our marketplace, and for those that love wine…especially wine with food, Portugal offers a variety that is pleasant to both palate and pocketbook alike.

Wines from the Douro Valley can be a particularly valuable deal, with consistent quality and prices at less than $9 a bottle.  For many years the Douro was strictly a Port producing area, but as the market has declined for fortified wines in the last decade or so, the Douro has turned to using those grapes for table wine, and are we ever grateful.

Another region to look for is Alentejo.  During a trip to visit family before the Christmas holiday, we had to do a business day in Naples, FL.   As a reward for a productive day we stopped at our favorite wine shopping spot in that town The Wine Merchant .   It’s a great store with a quality selection, but they are actually quite thin on the Portugal, aside from some Vintage Port and Madeira.  They did however have this one bottle.

Deep, rich dark fruit, but not over-extracted.  Dense waves of silky tannins without a hint of bitterness or harshness, and a lingering mocha coffee finish that could make a barrista weep.

It’s the holidays, family time, the solstice…whatever the excuse we drank some wine and enjoyed one another.
As you can see my brother REALLY enjoyed it…

Monte Da Pecaguina - Alentejo from Vermont Wine Media on Vimeo.


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