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A Report From PORTUGAL

Copyright Leo B. Fox

Are the Quintas of Portugal the next Grand Cru's?

On the European continent, it is impossible to separate wine from classical and popular culture. When I think of France, it is of Monet, Cezanne and Berlioz. In Italy, Puccini, Da Vinci and Ferrari are well known. In sunny Spain, Picasso, Dali and Rodrigo emerge. Many people do not know much about the baroque composer Joao de Sousa Carvalho, a romantic writer by the name of Jose Maria Eca de Queiroz, the modern day Maria Joao Pires, an outstanding classical pianist, or the remarkable Quintas and table wines of Portugal. Regrettably, Portugal has suffered from an identity crisis since the time of Henry the Navigator and Christopher Columbus. Today, Portugal has arrived.

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