Joshua Greene about his 50 Great Portuguese Wines selection
27 February 14
Joshua Greene was invited to select their 50 Great Portuguese wines to the U.S. and wrote the letter Portugal: Rocks, describing his impressions about Portuguese wines.
The 50 Great Portuguese wines were revealed in New York last January and Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits editor, wrote a letter telling how the selection process was and which places he visited in Portugal. In the letter, Joshua Greene, describes some characteristics of the landscape in Portugal and also how wine tradition is tied to recent technologies, citing as an example the mechanical lagares for more efficient production in Douro wine region. He also highlights the dedication of Portuguese winemakers and growers who wisely work the wines, considering the soil characteristics, vines and respecting their ancestors’ knowledge. The letter also unveils some moments of the 50 Great Wines selection process. ViniPortugal organized three sessions of tastings (one in Lisboa, two in Porto) that resulted in a first selection of around 100 wines. These wines were tasted again to reach the final selection of 50 wines which represent the major regions of Portugal. The letter and the tasting notes of the 50 Great Portuguese Wine are available here.
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