How many vineyards are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site? Not many. But in Portugal's Douro River Valley, wine has been produced for over 2,000 years. And throughout that time, the grape farmers have molded the steep, forbidding slopes to their purposes, with extensive stone terraces snaking across hillsides. UNESCO recognized both the physical and cultural landscapes of the Douro by recognizing it as a World Heritage Center.
We're no strangers to Douro wines. Port, first and foremost, but also the dry reds fashioned from Touriga Nacional and its cousins, bold juicy reds that are also killer values. White? Douro Branco was new to me.
The Caves Santa Marta Branco is a blend of Cercial, Fernao Pires, and Malvasia Fina. A deep green-gold in color, the nose is floral and slightly spicy. The palate is all zesty fruit: green plum, apple, lemon curd, and fresh herbs. The finish is cool, crisp, and all you'd want with seafood or quick cocktail party apps. Delicious and easy, the way summer SHOULD be.
Online special available for pickup in-store after noon today. Special available until Sunday, July 22, or until we run out of wine. To purchase, just click on the Specials tab, above.