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7 whites indispensable for cod

I've selected seven white wines so you don't miss anything. Seven good reasons to sit at the table this Christmas and enjoy one of the best national harmonisations: wine and cod

Gone are the times when fish dishes were accompanied with white wine and meat with red wine. However and because the Portuguese whites are getting better and better, I chose to think about seven, more or less full-bodied, depending on the cod recipe that will Follow.   

Cod is a fish of wild origin, fished high sea, and one of the richest foods in protein. It has 21 grams of protein per every 100 grams of fish. In addition to the protein value, cod is highly gastronomic, versatile and of great quality. It is also a poor fish in fats, since it has only 0.5 grams per 100 grams, and the small Fat it has is mono and polyunsaturated, so rich in omega 3 and omega 6. During its production process, the so-called Traditional Portuguese Cure, is not any substance besides salt, which is eventually removed in the Soaking. Then just make it to taste.

In Portugal, the most traditional cod is served on the posts, cooked with potatoes, eggs and cabbage. It is a very simple dish to prepare and delicious. But there are numerous recipes that play well with cod and can serve as an alternative to those who like a more improved recipe. Thinking so much about those who follow tradition, as well as those who like to innovate, follow seven wine suggestions, from the simplest to the simplest, of the most varied national regions, all of them to harmonize with delicious cod.  



1 - Walls of Melgaço Alvarinho (Vinhos Verdes) A
nselmo Mendes It is impossible not to repair in the bottle, higher than normal and with a stylized design. But if it is true that its format contributed to attract the attention of the consumer, it is also the fact that it was produced by Anselmo Mendes, one of the most recognized Portuguese winemakers. Despite consulting producers from various Portuguese regions, Anselmo is known for his dedication to Alvarinho, a typical grape variety of the land where he was born, Monção, in northwestern Portugal and a few kilometres from Spanish Galicia. The Muros de Melgaço brand was launched in 1998, gained fame and increasingly connoisseurs, to the point of having become one of the wines of great reference in the region. Son and grandson of farmers and wine producers, Anselmo Mendes is, in addition to producing his wines, consultant of recognized wine brands, from several national producers.

Proof note: One of the great Portuguese whites that translates well the quality of the Alvarinho grape variety, with more mineral and citrus aromas and less tropical. On the palate very refreshing and mineral, with soft notes of wood, very well integrated. A wine of great balance. 

2 - Palmeirim of England (Trás-os-Montes) Wi
th family roots in Chaves, cousins Isabel Sarmento, Ricardo Sá Fernandes and João Morais Sarmento decided to gather the grapes of their properties to keep alive the traditions linked to wine. The name Palmeirim of England is from a famous 16th-century cavalry novel, written by transmontano Francisco de Morais, ancestor of the owners of the farms where this wine was born. The book has some autobiographical memories of the author and is considered one of the best cavalry novels of the sixteenth century, having been highly praised by Cervantes in Don Quixote.

Proof note: Prepared with Arinth, Malvasia Fina, Wardrobe and Moscatel Galician White, has an aroma of ripe white fruit, yellow plum, complemented with mineral notes. In the mouth is smooth, fresh, engaging, captivating.

3 - Somnium (Douro)
The word Somnium, in Latin, means dreaming. It was the dream that moved Joana Pinhão and Rui Freire, friends and colleagues from the university, to make a great wine. After having followed separate paths and lived different experiences and opportunities, they met ten years later to make a large wine in the Douro. A different white, produced with a mixture of traditional varieties from an altitude vineyard about seventy years old, in Cima Corgo, in the small parish of Porrais. The perfect vineyard to produce a wine with minimalist intervention. The first harvest was born in 2011, having since maintained a differentiating and very gastronomic profile.

Proof note: Complex and deep, stand out fruity notes, minerals, some vegetable and barrel wood where it aged. In the mouth keeps the mineral style and very fresh.

4 - Father Abel (Bairra
da) Mário Sérgio is the third in a generation of winegrowers, but only from 1989 did he start bottled with the brand Quinta das Bágeiras, from vineyards implanted in land that belonged to his maternal and paternal grandparents. Over time, he acquired other vineyards, including a parcel purchased in 1997, where he fetches the grapes to produce this wine. When he bought it, she had to replant it and decided to do it not separately, but with the grape varieties mixed, as in the old vineyards. The father was apprehensive but helped buy the vineyard and supported the risky decision. Somehow, Mário believed that the mixture of varieties would give greater complexity to the wines, not least because next to this vineyard there was another land with old vineyards. A decision does not scientifically but that gave good results, since the wine revealed great quality. The name of the wine is a tribute to your father, who has always believed in him.

Proof note: In the aroma is fruity, citrus and mineral, and there is still some Spice. It has a structured body, enveloping, very fresh and deep.

5 - Pedra Cancela Malvasia Fina and Encruzado Reserva (Dão)
Pedra Cancela Vinhos do Dão Este branco is prepared by João Paulo Gouveia, talented winemaker of the Dão region. Quinta Pedra da Cancela belongs to his family, which has been dedicated to wine exploration for several generations. But if in the past the grapes were delivered to the cooperative cellar, from 1999 the scenery changed. Unlike previous generations, João Paulo Gouveia stops delivering grapes and decides to produce and bottle his own wine. After finishing his senior studies in Viticulture and Enology, he invested in the restructuring of his vineyards, in the acquisition of others and began to produce his own wine. Dynamic and entrepreneurial, the winemaker is also a researcher, university professor and founding partner of several companies, including Lusovini, from which he produces and markets Pedra Cancela wines.

Proof note: It has fruity, floral and citrus notes, complemented with nuances of barrel wood where he interned. It maintains the same profile on the palate, with all the elements tuned and very balanced in a vibrant freshness.

6 - Mountain Wines Chardonnay Almeida Garrett (Beira Interior) The
Almeida Garrett family settled in Tortosendo at the end of the 19th century and still today is in the possession of their descendants, with José Almeida Garrett being the most visible face of the wine project . Since then they have dedicated themselves to the production of wines and olive oils, being one of their biggest investments the planting of Chardonnay sticks in Covilhã, still today the only white grape variety in the vineyards of the house. This wine expresses chardonnay's personality well and the way the grape variety so well adapted to our terroir.

Proof note: In the aroma is fruity and mineral. On the palate is structured, buttery, unctuous, with good acidity and light smoked. A great wine of good relationship quality/price.

7 - Herdade Grande Reserva (Alentejo)
The Herdade Grande belongs to António Manuel Lança, being in the possession of his family since 1920, at which time it was acquired. Situated a few kilometres from Vidigueira, it is an extensive property with vineyards, olive groves and pasture. Since graduating as an agricultural engineer at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia in Lisbon, António has been investing more and more in the property, where today there is a modern wine project. In 1980, new vineyards were installed and, in 1997, the harvest began. This wine is produced with the best grapes of the homestead, giving rise to a large-level white.

Proof note: Made of Viosinho, Rabigato and Arinto. The aroma is fruity and citrus, with mineral notes to complement. On the palate is elegant, unctuous, complex and balanced taste, and well integrated wood. Long and persistent finish.