Discover the wonderful wines of Portugal this month that have many experts and wine connoisseurs around the world applauding their diversity, their quality and terrific value.
Discover the wonderful wines of Portugal this month that have many experts and wine connoisseurs around the world applauding their diversity, their quality and terrific value. With a month long promotion kicking off at the LCBO later this month (March 29th-April 25th) there will be plenty of opportunities to sample many of these fabulous wines.
We were joined in studio by William Delgado from the Portuguese Trade and Tourism Commission as well as Marcio Ferreira, North American Marketing Manager of ViniPortugal (one word), here all the way from Portugal to help spread the word, that is quickly spreading like wild fire; Portuguese wines are commanding attention, winning awards and are being touted around the world by wine connoisseurs and wine experts as some of the best value wines out there. Diverse and delicious! Adoption of the latest wine making techniques and most modern facilities in Portugal have gone a long way in affording this small, yet heavily planted wine growing country the ability to showcase its potential to produce incredible wines of superb value and individuality.
Marcio Ferreira is passionate about Portugal and her wines. This small country no more than 600 kilometers long and 200 kilometers wide boasts an array of native grape varieties planted in almost every region. Only the highest peaks of the central and northern mountain ranges are not suitable for viticulture. A huge diversity of climatic conditions across the country allow for a variety of style of wines to be produced and enjoyed.
Above: William Delgado and Marcio Ferreira in studio
We too were taken with the allure of many of Portugal’s indigenous wines such as the full bodied, deep colored, powerful, spicy and concentrated red Touriga Nacional (name of the grape) which is now being vinified in a more approachable style. Be sure to be on the alert for in-store LCBO tastings going on throughout the promotion. And this is just the beginning, as numerous other delectable and fascinating varietals will also be show cased. Be sure not to miss out! We’ll continue to explore the wines of Portugal on our radio show, with each Saturday, for the next 5 weeks bringing you a new opportunity to learn just a little more about this fascinating wine growing region, with winemakers, and chefs joining us for a brief call-in.
Above: Touriga Nacional
We’d like to offer you, our readers and listeners a chance to experience first hand Portuguese wines and food at its best, here’s how!
WIN a $500.00 Gift Certificate to the critically acclaimed Chiado Restaurant. www.chiadorestaurant.ca How to enter? Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the question below. The 500th email with the correct answer will be awarded the prize and announced on our radio show on 1050CHUM at 10:00am on April 25th.
Question: Name one of the most popular red grape varieties in the Douro region of Portugal which is also considered to be one of the finest.
We look forward to hearing from you!