My wife gets a kick out of trying out wines she knows nothing about, so this week she came home with a bottle of white wine from Portugal called Quinta Da Boa Esperança Branco 2018 ($13.99).
Portugal is best known, of course, for its Port, and also for its popular Vinho Verde. White wines from Portugal don’t take up a large portion of the wine market, but are increasingly well-made and tasty. This is one of them.
Quinta Da Boa Esperança Branco is made with a blend of 60% Fernão Pires grapes (known also as Maria Gomez) and 40% Arinto. The Arinto grape – which is indigenous to Portugal – produces age-worthy wines, although I don’t think you’d want to cellar this one away for more than five years or so.
Quinta Da Boa Esperança winery is owned by an entrepreneurial young couple – Eva Guedes and Artur Gama, working with new and old vineyards located between the Atlantic Ocean and the MonteJunto Mountain Range. Artur stresses the importance of his winery team, saying, “Our team is comprised of the indigenous people of this land. Youthful imaginations filled with eagerness and desire paired with the experience and knowledge of those whose sweat nourished this very soil.”
We’re lucky to have Quinta Da Boa Esperança wines here in Utah, given that the production from the winery is fairly small – ranging, depending on the wine, from 300 to 10,000 bottles.
The grapes for Quinta Da Boa Esperança Branco are hand-harvested, and if you love (like I do) a wine with a firm mineral backbone, this is a wine for you. It opens with intense tropical fruit aromas that are replicated on the palate, leading to a surprisingly long finish for an inexpensive white wine. At a mere fourteen bucks per bottle, I think Quinta Da Boa Esperança Branco is a terrific value and one that you’ll enjoy for the remainder of summer and well into autumn.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.