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A Taste Of Wines From Portugal

It’s high time Singapore got the heady taste of Portuguese wine

7/15/2014 1:44:25 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

As a lifestyle magazine, we get invited to various food and beverage tasting sessions. But when we were called to sample wines from Portugal, my interest was piqued, as wine from this country is relatively unknown here. I’d tasted wines from neighbouring Spain, Italy and of, course France, but not Portuguese. The immediate thought that came to my mind was my first trip to Goa where we bought some really sweet and cheap ‘Port’ wine that almost tasted like syrupy grape juice. Now if you go back to Indian history, Goa was a Portuguese colony and one would have expected that some of the wine-making traditions would have passed on. But unfortunately, the Portuguese have not marketed themselves well enough and have kept their wines to themselves.

Over a sumptuous lunch at Alkaff Mansion, Master Sommelier, Evan Goldstein, said that Portugual has the 8th largest vineyard acreage in the world with over 500,000 acres under grape cultivation, 7th largest per capita wine consumption at 15 gallons per person and is 11th largest in total wine production in the world.

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