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The region of Alentejo in Portugal brought a refreshing respite to New York City when it took over SevenFifty House recently for a Too Legit to Spit walk-around tasting and a Supertasters blind-tasting challenge.
On July 16, the New York wine trade stepped off the sweltering East Village sidewalk and into an Alentejo oasis of blended and single-varietal red and white wines. Attendees sampled more than 40 wines from eight wineries located throughout the region—wines that showcased the stylistic and varietal diversity across Alentejo’s eight subregions.
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From Alicante Bouschet, Antão Vaz, and Alvarinho to Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira, the wines highlighted both the emblematic and the uncommon, which is why most guests tasted through every single one. Alongside the wines, guests sampled Alentejo-inspired bites from Eric Bolyard, the chef of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Manhattan, including seasoned olives, peppers, and Portuguese cheeses and meats. Once attendees felt confident in their Alentejo know-how, they could test their Supertasting skills on one blind red and one blind white wine from the region, offering guesses on variety, vintage, appellation, and producer.
Even if you didn’t get a chance to stop by Too Legit to Spit and become the ultimate Alentejo Supertaster, you can still get a glimpse into this dynamic wine region through the video recap of the event.