Saturday, July 29, 2006


Lavradores means "growers." This Portuguese delight from winemaker Jiao Brito e Cunha was named one of the "20 Best New Wineries" by Food & Wine Magazine last October. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, and Tinta Barroca.


Vanilla cream attacks the palate followed by red berries and plum. Smooth, silky with a dark red color and pleasant nose.


87 PTS
Bold and concentrated an excellent Portuguese value wine at around $10 a bottle.


  • Great your interest on Portuguese wines: I don't know this Lavradores (the same word in spanish "labradores" and in catalan, "llauradors" = I guess, in any case, that the meaning is more "farmer" than "grower". In any case, a "mixture" of both words and meanings), but I'm almost sure (we are talking about future!) that the future of quality wines belongs to spanish and portuguese red (non Portos!)wines and to spanish white wines. I have to found this "Lavradores"! Some days ago, I wrote a note in my blog (,
    abou a red Reguengos from the Garrafeira dos Socios, 2000: incredible!

    By Blogger J. Gómez Pallarès, at Sunday, July 30, 2006 4:57:00 AM  

  • Joan,

    I think Portuguese wines are going to be really big in the future. Their styling is highly attractive for the American palate. Very creamy and big fruit.

    I'm sure wines that are now $10 will double in price. Spain offers tremendous bargains as well, but I know that the Rioja "terroir" is more of an acquired taste for some and not as easy accessible to the masses.

    By Blogger Winecentric, at Sunday, July 30, 2006 9:51:00 AM  

  • Well, I agree with you in both oppinions: 1. Portuguese wines will be more and more appreciated (an this means, certainly, an increasing value too, and prizes growing up). 2. The new riojas are not accessible for the great public, because of its prize and because of its taste: I mean, for example, the Finca del Bosque, Calvario, Sierra Cantabria, Amancio...extremely great and important wines, with unforgettable scents, always up to 40-50 euros!!! (Amancio going to 90-100 euros).
    The problem, as usual: how to make more popular these incredible wines at this so expensive prize? No answer to mee. The answer, my friend, it's not blowing in the wind...but in the protuguese terroirs, where on 5 years they will produce the same amazing wines, at 15-20 euros maximum!

    By Blogger J. Gómez Pallarès, at Sunday, July 30, 2006 12:10:00 PM  

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