Two recently released white wines from Portugal will entice tempt you to celebrate the summer and taste history in your glass.
Joao Portugal Ramos 2015 Alvarinho ($16) focuses on low yields, varietal character and sustainability. Built in the rambling Vinho Verde region, the winery benefits from perfect temperatures that allows the grapes to ripen harmoniously.
This exceptional varietal is medium lemon hued in the glass with succulent aromas of white grapefruit with white flower notes. Cascades of white peach linger on the palate in a long mineral finish.
Pour this slightly chilled with ceviche and goat cheese tarts.
Uinta do Monte d’Oira Lybra White ($20) comes from the Lisbon region and is a delightful blend of Viognier, Arinto and Marsanne.
Aromatic hints of apricot and watermelon open to ripe fruit and vanilla toast and whispers of herbs. Dried flowers and notes of tropical fruit and citrus sing on the palate.
Enjoy this with grilled shrimp and crab salads.