wines today are no more Portuguese wines from over 15 years ago. In the last 15 years, wine producers in Portugal have become extremely competitive in producing world-class wine and have won several international awards and accolades. A number are very well-rated by Parker and are widely written about in the international wine press. To put it in perspective, in the most recent Challenge International du Vin held in France, Portugal won 95 medals against Italy's 80.
Famous international writers about wine have been covering Portuguese wines much more recently. One of the best books that exist in English about Portuguese wines is "The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal" by Charles Metcalfe & Kathryn McWhirter. This is available from Amazon as well as other good bookshops.
Oz Clarke has also written highly about Portuguese wines and our personal favourite quote is from his forward for the above-mentioned book: "Portugal swims in a different tide, as modern as any country needs to be, as outrageously proud of its traditions, its potential, and its God-given duty to stand as a fiery beacon of individuality raging against the insidious ooze of globalisation."
Other books to read: Wine Report 2008 by Tom Stevenson Top 10 Vinhos Portugal by Aníbal Coutinho
In fact we have recently submitted a number of wines for the
Wine Style Asia Awards 2008 and the prestigious American Express Tower Club Awards 09 and we have achieved great success for the Portuguese wines that we represent.