Portuguese white wine with special reference in New York Times

The New York Times (NYT) wine specialist, Eric Asimov, concedes, “Of all the countries with a wine production historical track record Portugal is the most ignored”. The American newspaper organized a panel of critics to evaluate 20 wines that were referred to as “pleasant and intriguing”.

It’s been over 25 years that the international markets know greek, French, Italian and even Hungarian wines. Still, Portuguese wines remain, with the exception of Porto and Madeira wines, unknown.

Eric Asimov attributes that to the fact that “this is partly because the Portuguese, to their great credit, have largely refused to emphasize popular international grapes like cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot and sauvignon blanc at the expense of their myriad indigenous offerings”.

Eric, classified the Portuguese white wines as “ pleasant and intriguing”. Even though he admits that “some important wines” were left out of this tasting he mentions that “to those that enjoy everyday Italian white wines, they will find in the Portuguese wines tasted, bottles with the same flavors and freshness at a much more economical price”.

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