Portuguese Wines of Tejo have big appeal


Portugal. Home of port wine, right? Yes, but also home to many beautiful table wines as well. Master Sommelier Eric Entrikin from California recently presented an array of samples from Wines of Tejo at the beautiful Sepia Restaurant private dining space.

"White" table grapes
“White” table grapes (Photo credit: Wikipedia

Entrikin said that even though grapes indigenous to Portugal have very different names from the ones most Americans are familiar with, they possess categorical similarities. He explained how, during his formal training as a sommelier, he had to learn to taste all over again. He learned to sense and taste similarities between types of wines that are made from different grapes yet have distinct features in common. For example, Alvarinho grapes from Portugal produce wines with similarities to those made from Albariño  grapes from Spain and to some wines made with Chardonnay grapes. Aragones grapes in Portugal are known as Tempranillo in Spain and produce wines that might compare to some of those made from Pinot Noir grapes.

Sepia's unique and refreshing zucchini-basil gazpacho
Sepia’s unique and refreshing zucchini-basil gazpacho

The white wines presented were exceptional in flavor and remarkably value priced, most ranging from  ~$9.99 a bottle to $13.99. Sepia chefs did an admirable job pairing dishes with these lovely wines. For example, with the first course of super-creamy, zucchini-fresh-basil gazpacho studded with burrata and garnished with Marcona almonds, three very different types of dry white wines each complemented the dish in a uniquely enjoyable way.

Favorite white wines included the complex but beautifully balanced Quinta da Ribeirinha 2014 Vale de Lobos Branco–an incredible value at ~$10.99–and the Quinta da Aloma 2014 Arinto VR Tejo–bright and crisp and delightful in a multitude of ways (think Sauvignon Blanc without as much minerality) and well worth its ~$9.99 price tag. I kept going back to taste this one because I felt like I discovered something new with each taste.

Sepia's braised pork cheek and smoked mushrooms
Sepia’s braised pork cheek and smoked mushrooms

Several rich red wines were selected to accompany a red-wine-braised pork cheek (bearing some resemblance to a chunk of braised beef) that was served artfully with a smoked mushroom escabeche atop a smear of creamy polenta and garnished with tiny sprigs of fresh herb. Notable values among the reds included Casal Branco 2012 Quinta do Casal Branco Tinto (~$10.99) and Adega Cooperativa do Cartaxo 2012 Bidao Classico Tinto (~$8.99).

The imaginative food items paired so well with the delightful, delicious Wines of Tejo–and served in such lovely surroundings–that this was an occasion to remember. Visit Sepia soon, and talk to your favorite wine merchant to seek out some of these exceptional Portuguese values. You will not regret it.

Read more about some of the luscious wines from another region of Portugal, the Duoro River Valley.


135 thoughts on “Portuguese Wines of Tejo have big appeal”

  1. Pingback: 강남안마
  2. Pingback: 강남 안마
  3. Pingback: 강남 안마
  4. Pingback: Honeyminer Review
  5. Pingback: Jake
  6. Pingback: cbd oil for dogs
  7. Pingback: best cbd gummies
  8. Pingback: best cbd for pain
  9. Pingback: cbd gummies
  10. Pingback: cbd dog treats
  11. Pingback: best cbd
  12. Pingback: handmade
  13. Pingback: Gene-Vihodsef
  14. Pingback: best cbd for dogs
  15. Pingback: best cbd oil
  16. Pingback: cbd for dogs
  17. Pingback: cbd near me
  18. Pingback: cbd for depression
  19. Pingback: Quote
  20. Pingback: cbd for dogs
  21. Pingback: t-shirts funny
  22. Pingback: ultimate sales
  23. Pingback: permainan slot
  24. Pingback: playtech
  25. Pingback: poker
  26. Pingback: KIDS CARD GAMES
  27. Pingback: c34r54wxw4r34c3
  28. Pingback: RC Trial
  29. Pingback: Dank Vapes
  30. Pingback: click here to read
  31. Pingback: ダッチワイフ
  32. Pingback: silkhair
  33. Pingback: human hair
  34. Pingback: セックス人形
  35. Pingback: Meri Weigand
  36. Pingback: my mega888 dragon
  37. Pingback: Aaron Lal
  38. Pingback: Aaron Lal
  39. Pingback: 777 casino
  40. Pingback: natural skincare
  41. Pingback: in the usa
  42. Pingback: hd film izle
  43. Pingback: hd film izle
  44. Pingback: detectives toledo
  45. Pingback: Home Appliances
  46. Pingback: sisteme de copiat
  47. Pingback: Ruko bsd
  48. Pingback: here
  49. Pingback: here
  50. Pingback: taxi brighton
  51. Pingback: sàn forex
  52. Pingback: Revenge
  53. Pingback: escort kadikoy
  54. Pingback: mega888
  55. Pingback: brokerreview scam
  56. Pingback: xe88 online
  57. Pingback: cbd for sale
  58. Pingback: wv
  59. Pingback: 메리트카지노
  60. Pingback: fhjsdkfhsdkjfhk
  61. Pingback: que significa ikr
  62. Pingback: dg casino
  63. Pingback: royal cbd
  64. Pingback: best cbd oil
  65. Pingback: do they work?
  66. Pingback: định cư canada
  67. Pingback: baden-württemberg
  68. Pingback: OnlyFans account
  69. Pingback: Christmas Beads
  70. Pingback: cxqw234xracrwcr4
  71. Pingback: r9cm34w9rxwrmw.com
  72. Pingback: Title

Comments are closed.