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6 Gems from Portugal for $17 or Less

FONTES DA CUNHA Dão White Mondeco 2017 Score: 87 | $15

WS Review: Spicy and mouthwatering, this light-bodied white has a floral edge and mineral undertone to the lemon and crunchy peach flavors. Offers a crisp, herb-tinged finish. Encruzado and Gouveio. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported.—G.S.

Why It’s of Note: Located just south of the Douro, the Dão is a mountainous region with granite-packed vineyards located at altitudes up to 1,500 feet. While production here relies mostly on red wines, great-quality whites based on Encruzado, like this pick from Fontes da Cunha, are gaining recognition.
The wine’s good acidity and mineral details make it a good pairing for a variety of dishes, from salads to seafood.

New Energy in Porto

A star on the Porto dining scene since opening in 2015, Antiqvvm is the city’s most romantic restaurant—beginning with its location at the wooded edge of the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal on the ground floor of a noble 18th-century villa whose upper floors house a period Romantic museum.
The retro-meets-modern decor features roomy banquettes that look out large windows to the Douro.
A cooking station in the dining room prepares welcoming treats with ingredients such as “tomato snow” and “coriander water,” both of which complemented a starter of mackerel ceviche. Chef Vitor Matos composes complex dishes based on Portuguese and Mediterranean ingredients and modern techniques. In his culinary poetry, dots of coconut, bergamot or yuzu gel or a layer of small nasturtium leaves combine with salmon, caviar or lobster.

The approach results in soulful symphonies of flavor.
Taste the harmony in a river-meets-sea main dish called From Rio Douro to Foz, wherein freshwater pike on a green bed of creamed parsnips and plankton is dotted with mussels and oysters, all of it doused in an intense broth of fish stock and Port wine.

Port lovers’ desserts include Black Gold—a decadent bowl of chocolate and hazelnuts along with coffee in various forms and textures. Sommelier David Gomez’s wine list includes 500 Portuguese labels covering stars like Wine & Soul Douro Pintas 2015 among reds ($139) and Fontes Da Cunha Encruzado Dão Munda 2015 ($30) among whites.

The section “Blind-Tasted”, from
Manuel Gonçalves da Silva, with
reference to Munda 2011 (red wine).

“Made from Touriga Nacional’s grapes and produced in your chosen territory, the Dão, this distinctive and intensely aromatic wine has everything that please: Intensive color, almost opaque, with violet hues, lush scent with floral notes, not missing the characteristic violet and spices, soft and elegant palate with very fine tannins, well tamed. Elegant and persistent finish . ”

Worth a try!


Quinta do Mondego recognized

Munda Touriga Nacional 2012, Munda Encruzado 2013 and Quinta do Mondego White are the highlighted wines with excellent ratings between 93 and 91 points.
Conquering the world, always with the promise to bring the best of Portuguese wine – and Dão region – to its customers, the latest ratings in the Wine Enthusiast Magazine have confirmed the quality of Quinta do Mondego products.


Learn a little more about the wines rated and see the tasting notes through the website of Wine Enthusiast magazine.

Encontro com o Vinho e Sabores.

It begins on the 30th of october, the exhibition “Encontro com o vinho e sabores 2015” to be held in Hall 3 of the Congress Centre of Lisbon. This annual event is sponsored by “Revista dos Vinhos”.
In addition to the fair and exhibition of wines and flavors visited by thousands of participants, other special events occur simultaneously in the four days of ECVS.
It is mandatory to pre-register – which can be done right now – which also entitles to free entry to the meeting on Encontro com o Vinho e Sabores 2015 on the taste day.
Quinta do Mondego and other wines will be available for taste on November 1st at 3B room between 16h and 18h, included in the tasting with the slogan “The Best of Dão – Travel a decade by wines from 12 producers who helped build the region, Luís Ramos Lopes’.
You can have access to the tasting with plus 35€ to the ticket price. You can purchase the ticket here.

Portugal Wines Guide 2016.

The wine critic João Paulo Martins includes in its 2016 Portugal Wines Guide a list of 10 wines to be tasted once in a lifetime.
With presentation scheduled for next monday, october 5th, at the Sheraton Lisbon Hotel, the 22nd edition of the prestigious wine guide also includes a chapter on the wines up to 4 euros.
In addition to these new features, the book, which includes more than 4000 tasting notes in relation to the previous edition also presents an application (app) that allow consumers to download some free information and acquire all the tasting notes or just a few notes of some regions.
According to a statement from the publisher Oficina do Livro (Grupo Leya), the application for the Android operating system is available until october 17th.

Read the article here.