We’re not going to mention the heatwave. Or say “phew what a scorcher” or anything like that. But let’s face it, the weather is a bit like what you’d expect in parts of Portugal. A good enough reason for us to open a Portuguese white and red this weekend. Both are made by Alvaro Castro, one of the leading producers from the Dão region.
Alvaro Castro Dao Branco 2012 (Portugal £10.50)
Citrussy, taut and mineral, drinking this is like sinking your feet into the sand on a sunny Med beach. Bical, Cerceal, Encruzado
Alvaro Castro Dao Tinto 2009 (Portugal £13.00)
A fresh, mineral, herbal red blend of Portuguese grapes, brimming with dark fruits and a spicy backnote. Alfrocheiro, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz.