Everyone enjoying National Wine Day? Portugal has so many wine styles and flavors – indeed, some fascinating flavors that you can find nowhere else in the world. Portugal also has so many influences on its own cuisine—Far Eastern, Indian, African, South American—that its wines naturally find partners with all types of global cuisine. Whatever the occasion, whatever the dish, you need look no further for a fitting wine. Of course, you can enjoy a good wine that does not relate to the food on your plate, and appreciate both in their own right, without considering the combined effect. So, this is the wine you need to try today!
But some food and wine matches are better than the sum of their parts. Grape variety is one of the major elements (along with acidity level, fruitiness, oak, tannins, sugar brix, etc.) that influence a food-wine match.
Looking for Perfect Portuguese Partners? Try these!
- White Vinho Verde with Thai roast duck curry, smoked mackerel, salads, hummus
- Red Vinho Verde with grilled sardines
- Bairrada/Baga with fresh tuna, roast poultry, chili con carne, soft goat’s cheese
- Aragonez with feijoada (bean stew) or cassoulet, Gorgonzola, thyme-flavoured dishes, lamb, liver, bacalhau
- Red Dão with pork, roast suckling pig, presunto (cured ham)
- Unoaked or subtly oaked Touriga Nacional with beef
- Setúbal with tiramisu, Christmas pudding, lemon tart
- Bual Madeira with Roquefort, Stilton, Gjetöst
- Douro red with fresh goat’s cheese, aged Gouda, Stilton
- 10-year-old Tawny Port with Queijo da Serra, Stilton, walnuts
- Ruby or Vintage Port with Queijo da Serra
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