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June wine club: Winning Portuguese reds

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, June 11th, 2007 at 12:37 pm in Uncategorized.

My wine club met yesterday in Petaluma. The gorgeous, rustic environment was perfect for tasting the equally rustic reds of Portugal. That was the theme – Portuguese reds – and almost everyone showed up with a 2003 from Douro.

We did our usual drill. Eighteen of us tasted them blind, took notes and discussed the aroma and flavor profiles before unveiling the winners. Then we pigged out on delectable shredded pork, vegetarian chili, and lamb sausages that brought out the smoky pepper and dark fruit of the reds. Delicious.

There were two repeaters, which is strange, because if you go some where specialized, like Spanish Table, you can have your choice of dozens upon dozens. One of the repeaters, Primavera, was corked, and it came from Bev Mo! in San Francisco. I encouraged the couple to take it back, not for the $5, but because every merchant I’ve ever talked to really wants to know if a corked wine leaves their store. They can go back to their buyers, who will go back to the producer and find out what happened. You’re doing them a favor by taking it back. Inversely, they’ll want to keep you as a customer and probably offer you a (better) bottle on the house.

My wine, Lavradores de Feitoria 2004 Douro, came in 10th. I got it for $10.99 at Spanish Table in Berkeley. Jenny’s, Adriano 2003 Douro, came in first. She got it for $13.99 at Cost Plus in Walnut Creek. Here’s the complete list.

1. Adriano 2003 Douro
2. Altano Reserva 2003 Douro
3. Quinta Dos Quatro Ventos 2004 Douro
4. Palestra 2003 Douro
5. Post Scriptum 2004 Douro
6. Duas Quintas 2003 Douro
6. Altano Reserva 2003 Douro
8. Charamba 2004 Douro
9. Aveleda 2001 Estremadura
10. Lavradores de Feitoria 2004 Douro
11. Vertente 2003 Douro
12. Primavera 2002 Beiras
13. Primavera 2002 Beiras

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