Pair from Portugal

Two whites, both from central Portugal, got my attention in a big way this spring. Ready for a change from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, I craved something new and interesting–something tangy and European.

Along came 2018 Fitapreta Branco, a blend of three native Portugese grapes I’d never heard of. Turns out Fitapreta Branco is a traditional blend fermented in stainless steel. The result: a rich bodied wine with bright fruit and refreshing minerality. Just what the doctor ordered for summer. 22.00

2018 Fitapreta Branco

Herdade do Rocim 2017 Mariana Branco White is another Portugese beauty, also from the Alentejano appellation, is light, with nice citrus fruit and plenty of crisp acidity. Well worth a visit. 13.00

2017 Mariana Branca

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