by Dave Williams
Over the last 30 years Portugal has experienced a revolution in its wine-making industry. However, wine is not new to Portugal, archeologist have documented viticulture as early as the 10th and 7th century BC. Wine came to Portugal from the ancient civilizations of the Phoenicians, Greeks, but mostly the Romans in the 1st century. In fact, the Douro region was the first appellation to be established in 1758, nearly 200 years before any in France, to protect its superior wines. Today Portugal has two wine regions protected by UNESCO as World Heritage sites: the Douro Valley and Pico Island.
The many native varietals as well as the diversity of terroirs make Portuguese wines distinct. Sitting immediately west of Spain with the Atlantic ocean as its western border, it shares little in common with Spain. To the east the climate is dry and more continental. To the west it is a milder, ocean influenced and lush in the north where Vinho Verde thrives. From mountains and valleys in the north to the rolling plains and fertile lands in the south, all contribute to Portugal’s diversity and uniqueness. For this event our focus will be on dry wines, leaving the fortified wines of Port, Madeira and Moscatel for another time. We will experience a classic Alvarinho Vinho Verde from the Northwest, a coastal white from Lisboa ideally suited for seafood and lighter fare, several outstanding reds from the Douro and, for contrast, another red from Beira on the eastern side. All are at affordable prices, making the enjoyment and drinking even easier.
Massimo Squitieri, of the WineBow Group, will entertain us with stories and introductions to magnificent Portuguese wines on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Harrisburg. Please join us to see what a revolution tastes like.
Member – $50
Patron – $45
Nonmember – $60
EVENT IS SOLD OUT