Julia Harding MW Reveals Her 50 Great Portuguese Wines

Julia, who won ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the Portuguese Wine Awards in 2011, has spent the past year tasting her way around Portugal to find her ultimate top 50 wines. Her selection, which she describes as “wines I want to enjoy over the course of an evening and share with friends, not wines for sipping and spitting,” is made up of wines made exclusively from Portuguese grape varieties.

Tastings have taken place in London, Edinburgh and Manchester giving visitors the opportunity to taste each individual wine from the collection, which features 27 reds, 18 whites, 1 sparking and 4 fortified wines.

For the first time, consumers have also been invited to attend special evening events where they have had the chance to taste Julia’s selection of wines and sample some Portuguese canapés, to the sounds of some traditional Portuguese music.

Now in its eighth year, the event aims to promote the sheer breadth and quality of Portuguese wines. Nuno Vale, Marketing Director at Wines of Portugal, says: “Our annual 50 Great Portuguese Wines tasting continues to be a success and the event offers us a fantastic way of demonstrating the quality and diversity of our country’s wines. Julia’s selection proves that Portugal can really compete in the UK marketplace and has the ability to produce world-class wines.”

Julia Harding MW says: “This is just the tip of the iceberg but, if I have done my job well, these 50 wines represent the glorious depth and breadth of Portugal’s wine world. The synergy of distinctive and high-quality indigenous grape varieties with the country’s dramatic landscape and climate is being creatively expressed by her hard-working and imaginative winegrowers.”

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