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Portugese Wines for Winesday

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There's a slight hint of

1 There's a slight hint of "bubbly" in this wine from Portugal.

A wine that actually has a wonderful

2 A wine that actually has a wonderful "buttery" feel

The perfect wine for steak

3 The perfect wine for steak

Affordale Portuguese wine that tastes like it cost so much more

4 Affordale Portuguese wine that tastes like it cost so much more

We took a wonderful trip to Portugal (by way of their fantastic wines) with a recent Winesday lesson on "Living Today."  Heather Laiskonis, general manager of Aldea Restaurant in New York City, joined us to talk pairings with wines from Portugal. While port and Madeira typically come to mind when we think of Portugese wines, Heather introduced us to several other great varieties.

Poema, Alvarinho, Minho, 2008 ($28)
Profile: A slightly effervescent wine with flavors of kiwi, apple, and nectarine.
Pairing: Works well with shrimp dishes

Monte d'Oiro, 'Madrigal', Viognier, Lisboa, 2008 ($50)
Profile: "Food friendly" with an element of oak; a fantastic feeling of layering and texture; notes of jasmine flowers, a slight nectar-like consistency, and "buttery" feeling
Pairing: Works well with duck rice

Viseu de Carvalho, Touriga Nacional & Franca, Tinta Carvalha, Roriz & Barroca, Douro, 2006 ($50)
Profile: Notes of stewed fruit
Pairing: Ideal for steak

Esporão Reserva, Aragonês, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon & Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo, 2007 ($20)
Pairing: Works well with salt cod

Remember, every Wednesday becomes Winesday on "Living Today."  The show gets started at 1:OO p.m. ET on Martha Stewart Living Radio Sirius 112/XM 157.

Comments (1)

  • I loved the segment on Portugese wines and wanted to know the name of the wine that Heather talked about that was a great wine that goes with everything and is a good choice to bring when you are a dinner guest.

    Thank you.

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