Top Pick “Porch Pounder” White for the Summer

Top Pick “Porch Pounder” White for the Summer

Posted on Apr, 12. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

Before you start seeing this wine at every other wine shop in the area I wanted to try and get the heads up out to you all.

Once again I am astounded by the quality that Portugal can deliver at such a low price point. Over the weekend I met up with Kevin Schultz to taste some more options for the Portuguese Wine Dinner at Ventana on the 28th of this month. By the way, I have received everyone’s reservations for this dinner so far, thank you. There are still plenty of seats and it looks like we will be able to keep the price down to $65 all inclusive. That said, please reserve now, we really would like to fill this dinner up and take over the entire dining space at Ventana with like minded Guild members. This will be a blast with tons of wine and food and who knows, Kevin and I may break out some epic extras.

So back to the wine. Many of you may not know the grape Arinto, I hardly know it myself. It is one of those little Portuguese whites that you really will never have to know much about until the Portuguese craze gets a little bigger and wines like this double in price. Then we will all be saying ‘I was drinking Arinto when…’

It is grown in the bay area just outside of Lisbon and it takes on that special crispness that light coastal wines often possess in the warmer climates of Europe. There are hundreds of wines that are crisp and delicious in this way from around the coasts of Portugal, I taste them often and there is rarely anything poor to remark of them. The style is such as to present an accompaniment to your day, your fish, your bread, it represents something that we are not used to in the US and that is a wine that doesn’t command your attention, a wine that you can drink without having to think about what it is and what you paid. It is wine, you drink it, it is good, that is enough.

As I said, this is the style that the Arinto is born of, there is many of them, and yet the Quinta de Romeira offers a bit more. Because at the end of the day we like a little more, I like a little more, and with this bottling there is just a little more of everything. The fruit rises out of the glass and gives a nice weighty mid palate, good flavor and length and a clean finish. It is still crisp, with coastal minerality and the acidity of a well attended vineyard, the combination gives a total package of excellence. I personally believe that this will be one of the favorite white porch wines of the summer for everyone who tries it. Break this out next time you have guests over to enjoy in the backyard and astonish them with how relative obscurity can be so delicious. It is my favorite thing to do, “What’s this?” “Arinto, of course” and I keep my allure of being on top of the wine world.

All jokes aside, this is a great white wine and will please everyone who tries it. Drink on its own as a cocktail wine or with food, it is transcendent with fresh seafood prepared in classic Med. style. This is buy by the case goodness, Enjoy!

2008 Quinta de Romeira Arinto Bucelas
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $9.08 • Premier Cru: $9.49 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $12.38
Buy this wine!

2008 Quinta de Romeira Arinto Bucelas
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $12.38 • Buy this wine!

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