Joe Moryl wrote:BTW, most Bairrada sparklers made from Baga are tintos, not rose, and are the traditional accompaniment to the signature roast suckling pig. We don't get a great variety of these - mostly Alianca (OK, nothing special) or Sao Domingos (seems better to me).
Keith M wrote:Joe Moryl wrote:BTW, most Bairrada sparklers made from Baga are tintos, not rose, and are the traditional accompaniment to the signature roast suckling pig. We don't get a great variety of these - mostly Alianca (OK, nothing special) or Sao Domingos (seems better to me).
I also think Luis Pato's Baga Espumante is pretty phenomenal stuff, very earthy, very layered and an excellent food wine. Could you clarify for me what the difference is between a tinto sparkler and a rose sparkler? And which is Luis Pato's?
I also love Luis Pato's sparkling Maria Gomes with a touch of Arinto blended in. Full disclosure, the wine shop where I work part-time occasionally sells both of these wines.
Tim York wrote:This is extracted from my Xmas post. IMHO, in spite of great progress with table wines, port is still what Portugal does best. It can be one of the great wines of the world and I have yet to have a Douro (or any other Portuguese)table wine which is up to that level although the potential must be there.
Dow’s Vintage Port 1977 – Alc.20% - served with Stilton and then more chocolate “buche de noël”. This made us forget the corked burgs. A bottle a few years ago disappointed slightly but this one was really singing with rich round mature fruit, a velvety touch on entry and mid-palate combined with plenty of grip and structure towards the long finish. Perfect with the Stilton but not quite so ideal with the chocolate buche; 18/20.
Over recent years, I have made a number of posts on Portuguese wines and I'll do a survey to see if any are worth reproducing here before I go out to shop. There was also an interesting Open Mike on Douro wines.
Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Here is one of my Pato impressions from last year.....>
WTN: N/V Luis Pato Casta Baga Bruto Vinho Espumante, Beiras Bairrada.
I think this is my third experience of this crisp sparkling Baga altho` I found previous bottle had better structure? Maybe somewhat tired this time around, cellared here two years.
12% alc, $20 Cdn, Lot 2005.
C. Copper tones/some pink. Small active bubbles. Seems a darker color this time around?
N. Pretty restrained floral for sure, some berries as it opens.
P. Raspberry, minerally cherry and a hint of herbs. Excellent acidity, fair mousse-feel on back of palate. Better as it warms up, do not serve too chilled. Pomegranite towards the end. Medium length feel, "this is good, quite subtle" from across the table. Very good match for braised ham steaks with blueberry compote.
Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Yeah Andrew. Any good store websites you can share with us, so we can see range of wines!!
Roy Hersh wrote:Andrew,
What part of Mass. are you from? It always amazes me the diverse collection of Portuguese wines available there ... although impossible to get shipped out of the state.
The Portuguese communities in Rhode Island and Mass. are almost as large as Newark, NJ and San Jose, CA. But the good news is, there are a slew of great importers who specialize in Portuguese wines that are located in MA. You are very fortunate and I am jealous.