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Posted by portugalpress on August 17, 2017

A while ago I noticed that a new wine shop had opened on the main roundabout at the western entrance to Almancil, but it was not until last week that I decided to have a peek inside.

At first impression, I was a little disillusioned, the large road sign outside the shop announcing Wines & Co had me expecting to see walls lined with hundreds of different bottles, but instead there are just a few on show, as can be seen here in the photo I snapped. But closer inspection uncovered a very respectable selection of wines from Portugal’s main regions (sadly missing anything from the Algarve), many of which I have not yet tried or heard of.

It turns out that Wines & Co is, in fact, a small wine distribution company that used to be based in Loulé.

Most of their business is selling lesser-known Portuguese wines from small, high quality producers to restaurants who wish to offer their clients something a little different from the mainstream; a formula that has proved successful for other niche distributors and is particularly well suited to Portugal, given the unusually high number of small wine producers to be found in this country.

On this first visit, and being a die-hard Bairrada fan, my attention fell on this Quinta da Mata Fidalga 2006 red, made from Baga and Touriga Nacional. This is a real beauty: the Baga coming to the front with its earthy notes on the nose and the typical dryness in the mouth, the Touriga adding underlying notes of mature berry fruits. This 2006 still has a good few years to go but is already drinking beautifully – medium to full bodied with well-rounded tannins. Worth every cent of the €24 price tag.

By Patrick Stuart
patrick.stuart@open-media.net

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