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
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