A good wine is a perfect companion for a boardgaming night. Unlike beer, which gets flat and unappealing after the first turn, good wine constantly changes in the glass as time passes, developing new aromas and flavors.
Portugal, as you should all know, is a land of great wines so, on the excuse of “Vinhos”, I asked a wine-lover who is a friend of mine to come up with a list of Good and Great wines produced in each of the wine regions mentioned in the boardgame “Vinhos”.
The first wine listed within each region is typically a good-value for money, an affordable wine which is relatively easy to find (at least in Portugal). The second wine is a much better wine, more expensive and complex. We list the most recent vintage of each wine, the one which is currently easier to find.
One reputable portuguese wine shop that ships worldwide is Garrafeira Nacional: www.garrafeiranacional.com. There you can find some of the wines featuring in the list below.
1 – Minho:
Deu la Deu 2009
Soalheiro Primeiras Vinhas 2008
Valle Pradinhos Branco 2009
Valle Pradinhos Tinto 2006
3 – Dão
Vinha Paz 2008
4 – Douro
CARM Reserva Tinto 2008
Barca Velha 2000
Quinta do Infantado Reserva Dona Margarida NV
Dow’s Vintage 2007
5 – Lisboa
Morgado de Sta Catherina Reserva 2008
Quinta do Monte d’Oiro Reserva 2006
6 – Alentejo
Montes Claros Reserva Tinto 2007
Mouchão Tonel 3-4 2005
7 – Setúbal
Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada Tinto 2007
Moscatel de Setúbal: (Moscatel is a fortified wine like Porto and Madeira)
Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal 1999
Moscatel de Setúbal JMF Trilogia
8 – Algarve
Marquês dos Vales Grace Touriga Nacional 2008
Boa lista sim senhor. Muito entendido o amigo dos vinhos. Nem sabia que já tinha saído o Mouchão Tonel 3-4 de 2005.
Curiosa a escolha do Valle Pradinhos. Costumo conquistar o pessoal que diz não gostar de brancos com aquele branco fabuloso a cheirar a lichias.
Great list batatas!
Now here are some budget wines ( 10-15 € since for example Barca Velha is at least 150 €) from the regions I personally enjoy. In Portugal one of the best years for wines was 2007 so if you find anything from this year keep it, otherwise drink it!
1 - Minho
This wines don't go well with age so the soon you drink it the better. Anything with Alvarinho grape is a good choice. Muralhas de Monção under 5 € is a great option.
4 - Douro
Quinta do Cotto
Quinta do Crasto
Quinta do Vallado
Cabeça de Burro
6 - Alentenjo
Herdade dos Grous
Herdade da Defesa
7 - Setúbal
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Syrah
Casa Ermelinda Freitas Aragones
8 - Algarve
Tapada da Torre (both red and white are great wines)
Thanks for the great recommendations. I am a big fan of Portuguese wines. I will look into which of your suggestions are available in Toronto, Canada.