A recent visit to Portugal provided me with the opportunity to familiarize myself with a wide variety of Portuguese wines, from the ubiquitous Vinho Verde to Vintage Port, and everything in-between. One of the biggest surprises was the huge range of Portuguese wines – much more than just the two famous ones I mentioned.
Conceito Legítimo Vinho Tinto 2019 is a good example of the affordable, well-made wines I tasted in Portugal, selling in this country for around $11.
This red wine is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, and Touriga Nacional grapes – the work of Conceito winemaker Rita Marques, who studied winemaking in Bordeaux, South Africa, New Zealand, and California and now practices her trade in Portugal’s Douro winemaking region. She created Conceito – her own wine label – in 2006.
Conceito wines are considered to be “entry level” – everyday, easy-drinking, affordable wines like Legítimo, which is produced from organically cultivated vineyards. Legítimo is spicy, soft and light – a very fresh tasting red wine that is versatile enough to pair with everything from pizza and burgers to BBQ, pastas, and a range of cheeses.
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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.
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