Portuguese Summer Sippers

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Portuguese wines are among the most terroir-driven and soulful on the planet, and they are increasingly deserving of serious scrutiny. Here at Chambers Street, our Portuguese selection is small but popular, featuring stunning, thirst quenching wines from stellar producers like Quinta do Perdigão, Casa de Mouraz, Folias de Baco and Filipa Pato, who are collectively changing the way we think and speak about Portuguese wine.

Working organically in the vineyard and with minimal intervention in the cellar, these winemakers are styling fresh and spirited cuvées from a wealth of ancient varieties including Alfrocheiro, Loureiro, Jaen, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Baga and countless others that have been a part of Portugal’s unique viticultural heritage for centuries. While the names of these grapes may not roll as smoothly off the tongue as those from more celebrated regions, the wines made from them certainly do!

Refreshingly juicy, salty rosés, a luminous, chillable and aromatically transporting red from old varieties in the Alto Douro, an electrifying Vinho Verde, a zesty, crowd-pleasing pink sparkler, and a serious white from the age-worthy Encruzado grape, which has enough mineral backbone to rival your favorite Chablis, are among the food friendly and affordable bottlings we are offering today.

All of these wines make especially pleasurable accompaniments to summer picnics and parties and those long sultry evenings spent under the stars (or street lamps) on the patio, lawn or rooftop. They also have enough substance and savory complexity to hold up to heartier autumn fare. So why not snap up a few bottles before those cooler days arrive? Trust us: you’ll be thanking yourself when the time comes for planning your first fall dinner party. Believe it or not, it will be here sooner than you can say Donzelinho Branco three times fast! Sydney Snyder

Filipa Pato NV Bairrada Brut Rose "3B"

Bairrada, with its cooler maritime climate, has a long history of producing fresh and distinctive sparkling wines of quality from the native grapes of the region. Filipa Pato admirably keeps the tradition alive with her delicious and unpretentious brut rosé made from a blend of Bairrada’s signature noble red variety Baga and the tangy high acid white grape, Bical. Spicy and zesty with notes of bright citrus and red berries, this is a great (and affordable!) pairing for baked fish with paprika and Iberian olive oil or smoked fish brunch.

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Filipa Pato 2015 Bairrada Beiras Branco 'FP'

Grapes grown in the clay-limestone and sandy soils of Bairrada, in northern Portugal, benefit from a mild maritime climate with cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic that promote aromatic complexity and freshness in the wines of the region. Filipa Pato’s talent for interpreting the distinct terroir of Bairrada with a combination of organically farmed fruit and minimal intervention in the cellar, shines through in this expressive and savory entry-level blend of the indigenous varieties Arinto and Bical, a high acid grape commonly found in Bairrada’s beautiful sparkling wines. With ten percent of its juice raised in French oak and the rest in stainless steel, this medium bodied white is deceptively rich and weighty at the outset before revealing a fresh, minerally textured and lithe character redolent with notes of wet stone, carnation, honeydew melon, custard, granny smith apple, pear, and dashes of white pepper and nutmeg on the finish. Sydney Snyder

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Folias de Baco 2015 Douro Moscatel Galego "Uivo"

This succulent, sun-drenched dry white from the Douro positively gushes with notes of ripe peach and fresh flowers accented by a dash of peppercorn and tangy lemon juice. Made from 100% Moscatel Galego (Muscat à Petits Grains) grown in high altitude schist soils, there is a deep mineral streak running through the wine which lends  focus, complexity and a long, chiseled finish to a would-be lighthearted  summer sipper.  Fabulous paired with  grilled shrimp seasoned with lots of garlic and fresh chili peppers! Sydney Snyder

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Folias de Baco 2015 Vinhas Velhas Uivo Renegado

Tiago Sampaio’s lovely, luminously pale red is actually a field blend of a staggering number of red and white indigenous varieties  including Rufete, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Fianca, Mourisco, Tinta Roriz, Gouveio, Rabigatao, Donzelinho Branco, Malvasia Fina and Viosinho, among others, grown in granite and schist soils at 600 meters of altitude. Low in alcohol with an ethereal texture reminiscent of summer rainwater, notes of tart, juicy pomegranate, delicately perfumed rose petals and a lively dash of cayenne pepper combine in this easy-drinking yet beguiling wine of the Alto Douro. Sydney Snyder

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mouraz, Casa de 2015 Dão Rose

The first estate of the Dão to receive organic certification, Casa de Mouraz had since fully converted to biodynamic farming and remains committed to making wines which are pure expressions of the region’s terroir. Notes of cool papaya and mouthwatering sea salt surge forth in this blend of 40 year old Touriga Nacional, Portugal's noble and sturdy structure lending variety, Jaen, aka Mencia  in neighboring Galicia, and the  peppery Tinta Roriz grape raised in the granite soil of a single vineyard site. After just a few sips of this racy and electric rosé, you’ll be longing to hear the sweet, sweet sounds of crashing surf and fresh, juicy shrimp marinated in lime sizzling on a hot grill. Sydney Snyder

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mouraz, Casa de 2014 Vinho Verde Biotite

This slightly off-dry and totally refreshing Vinho Verde from Antonio Lopes Ribeiro of Casa de Mouraz is  predominately comprised of the intensely floral indigenous variety Loureiro grown on the granitic soils of the Lima River Valley. The close proximity of the vines to the Atlantic Ocean is apparent as waves of sea salt and bracing acidity compliment savory green notes of sugar peas and iced jasmine tea. Pair with sashimi, spicy Asian dishes and Iberian cheeses. Sydney Snyder

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Perdigão, Quinta Do 2014 Dão Rose

Deeply saturated in color and formidably structured, this rosé from a small, certified organic estate in the Dão region of Portugal, opens with intense notes of ripe cherry, eucalyptus, orange zest and foliage. A contrasting, almost fragile undercurrent, like roses drenched in seawater, pulses beneath the surface, lending delicacy and gentleness to this exotic and intriguing wine. Pair with a mildly spiced prawn curry, razor clams and chorizo, and buckets and buckets of sunshine! Sydney Snyder

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Perdigão, Quinta Do 2014 Dão Encruzado

Bold and richly textured from five months of lees aging and time in French oak, this is a serious expression of 100% Encruzado from one of the Dão region’s most highly respected certified organic producers. While commonly found in blends, as proven by Quinta do Perdigão, Portugal’s aromatically intense and high acid indigenous white grape has great potential to render star quality varietal wines. Here,  chalky minerality and nervy acidity, reminiscent of age-worthy white Burgundy, bring balance and focus while a lively palate of lemon curd and fresh herbs make this wine an excellent companion for hearty fish stews and rich flavorful pork dishes. Sydney Snyder

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur