The more drinkers express their fondness for lighter, less-oaked white wines, the more traditional wine regions can strut their stuff. Winemaking in Portugal’s Douro Valley goes back over 200 years, and while I’ve recently been touting the reds, and now I’d like to put in a word for a white. The wine below offers steely dryness along with the pure, restrained flavor feature of traditional whites from France. Classy stuff for fans of non-oak. Think aperitif, and dinner party seafood appetizers. But then move on to a richer wine. Classy only works for so long.
CASA FERREIRINHA 15 Douro “˜Vinha Grande’, Portugal 523555 Vintages $16.95