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Vinho Tinto Eternal Wine Book

The Eternal Winebook

This is my personal version of an eternal Book of Portuguese Wines. The book is eternal in the way that it never stays the same. Now and then new pages are added, or the old pages are rewritten, updated or corrected.

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Camarate

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Mon, December 04, 2017 18:44:14

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Berry colour: Black

Synonyms: Castelão Nacional.

Country of origin: Portugal.

Areas: Bairrada. Tejo, Lisboa.

Recommended for: Tasteful soups, veal, pork, chicken.

Camarate yields soft wines with low acidity, and it is often used for cheaper blended wines together with other grapes.

Varietals made from Camarate exist, but I have never found them. I have tasted the following blends:

Encostas do Bairro

Quinta das Setencostas

Bons Ventos

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Antão-Vaz

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Tue, November 14, 2017 14:23:41

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Grape type: Green.

Country of origin:

Other names: -.

Areas: Alentejo, Setúbal.

Often recommended for: Fish, chicken, salads.

Wines made from Antão-Vaz are full-bodied, well-structured and very aromatic with flavors from citrus, tropical fruits, honey and sometimes minerals.

Antão Vaz is usually utilized in the production of varietal wines, but wines are also sometimes blended with other local grape varieties, such as Roupeiro and Arinto.

Most Antão Vaz wines are produced for immediate consumption, but some with high alcohol contents can be aged in barrels for several years.

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Códega do Larinho

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Mon, October 23, 2017 15:19:17

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Grape type: Green.

Country of origin: Portugal.

Other names:-.

Areas: Douro, Trás-os-Montes.

Often recommended for: Light dishes eg. ham with melon, seafood, fish.

Do not confuse Códega do Larinho with the Códega grape, also known as Síria or Roupeiro.

Wines made from Códega do Larinho are often yellow in collour, with complex aromas of tropical fruits, citrus, peach, melon, pineapple or flowers. There may also be notes of minerals. The wines are low in acidity, but the taste is often dry and persistent.

I have never encountered a varietal made from Códega do Larinho. As this grape does not produce wines with much acidity, it is often used with more acidic types such as Síria, Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio.

I have enjoyed the following wines, all of which are blend wines from the Douro region:

Cassa Branca Reserva
CARM Reserva Branco
Cassa Douro Branco
Contraste Branco
Flor de Crasto Branco

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Avesso

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Mon, September 25, 2017 11:39:19

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Grape type: Green.

Country of origin: Portugal.

Other names: Borral, Bornal, Bornão, Borraçal Branco.

Areas: Minho, Douro.

Often recommended for: Fish and shellfish.

Avesso is widely used in the production of Vinho Verde, where it yields aromatic wines with scents of peach, nectarine or mango. Unlike other grapes used for Vinho Verde, they provide relatively low acidity and high alcohol content.

There are varietals produced from Avesso, and one example called Monólogo is on sale at Glud Vine. In Denmark, blends made from Avesso, along with Arinto, Loureiro and Trajadura, are often found.

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Azal

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Sat, September 02, 2017 09:52:04

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Grape type: Green.

Country of origin: Portugal.

Other names: Asal da Lixa, Gadelhudo, Espinheira, Carvalhal.

Areas: Minho.

Often recommended for: Shellfish.

Wines made from Azal are usually light yellow with delicate, not very intense fruity aromas. The wines have flavours of green apple, citrus and orange. The high acidity of Azal wines is the reason why the grape is particularly well suited for the production of white Vinho Verde. Azal adds a slight spritz which is an important feature of the Vinho Verde.

It is rare to encounter a monovarietal made from Azal. In blends, the variety are often found alongside Loureiro, Trajadura, Arinto, Avesso and Alvarinho.

Here is a varietal, that I have tasted:

Dom Diogo Azal Colheita Selecionada

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Caladoc

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Mon, August 07, 2017 08:28:49

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Grape type: Black.

Country of origin: France.

Other names: -.

Areas: Lisboa.

Often recommended for: beef, stews, game and cheese.

Caladoc wines have a deep red color, with scents of wild berries and eucalyptus. The taste is rich and characterized by tannins. Varietals may be found, but I have only seen the grape as one of several in moderately priced Portuguese wines.

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Padeiro

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Sat, July 29, 2017 08:36:18

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Grape type: Black.

Country of origin: Portugal.

Other names: Padeiro de Basto, Tinto Matias.

Areas: Minho, Vinho Verde.

Often recommended for: -.

The Padeiro grape is rarely cultivated and only in the Minho and Vinho Verde regions, where it is used for bright reds and rosé wines. It is particularly suitable for making of rosé wine because of its high sugar content and low acidity. I bought a rosé made exclusively from Padeiro:

Area Rosé

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Gouveio

Grapes in Portuguese Wines Posted on Wed, July 26, 2017 07:47:37

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Grape type: Green.

Country of origin: Spain.

Other names: Agodenho, Agudelho, Godelho, Trincadente, Verdelho do Dão.

Areas: Mainly Douro, but also Dão and Alentejo.

Recommended for: Fish.

Gouveio is an Iberian grape known as Godello in Spain. Over the years, the name Verdelho has been used for this grape in Douro. This was confusing since it has nothing to do with the Verdelho grape from the Azores and Madeira.

Wines made from Gouveio have scents of citrus, peach and anise. The grape provides fresh wines with good acidity. The wines have a good storage potential.

I have only found Gouveio in wines blended with Viosinho, Rabigato, Malvasia Fina, Fernão Pires or Cerceal.

Here are some examples:

Crooked Vines branco

Olho no Pé Branco Vinhas Velhas Reserva

Quinta de Ramozeiros

Quinta da Soalheira

Quinta Santa Eufêmia Douro Branco

Vale da Poupa branco

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