On Thursday, February 4th, Martine Cafe will host an exclusive tasting of three wines from Portugal paired with small bites (full menu also available).
The "Evening in Portugal" will highlight three wines from family-owned wineries, all for a mere $20 per person. Dena Krenik - of The Winebow Group - Mundo Vino - will be in attendance to discuss the wines.
The wines included in the tasting will be:
: Passa White is sourced from an estate vineyard near the village of Murça at an altitude of 1,650 feet. The high altitude, cool climate, and schist and granite soil provides ideal conditions for growing white grapes. The wine is a blend of Rabigato and Códega do Larinho with an average vine age of 20 years. Light yellow in color, this crisp, aromatic wine gives notes of citrus and minerality. Its textured body and excellent acidity make it a perfect pairing with fish.
Quinta De Chocopalha Red
: Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto is a blend of indigenous Portuguese varietals sourced from 16th century vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon. Fermented in traditional granite lagares and stainless steel, the wine is then refined for 18 months in French oak barriques. Deep violet in color with a powerful bouquet of ripe black fruit, spice and rose, this tinto is elegant on the palate with soft tannins and vibrant acidity leading to a long and expressive finish.
: -Passa is sourced from the schistose Passadouro and Sibia vineyards in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro. The grape varieties used are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Franca from vines up to 60 years old. 30% of the wine is aged in used French barriques for 12 months while the rest is aged in stainless steel tanks.Ruby red in color, this wine has an elegant nose of red fruit, plum, and the black cherry characteristic of Touriga Franca. On the palate it is smooth and balanced with a pleasant acidity.
For reservations, call 801-363-9328.