A few days in Lisbon is all it takes to convince anyone that Portugal is indeed a distinct and different country than the rest of Europe. From a wine perspective Portugal is especially blessed with a broad variety of native grape varietals – all of which are able to be pressed into fine and enjoyable table wines, and some are definitely worth cellaring for later enjoyment. Grape names like Alvarinho, Aragonez, Castelao and Touriga Nacional to name a few. In the first 24hrs of my Portuguese visit, I’ve been fortunate enough to taste several Portuguese high quality ‘food’ wines, all of native varieties, and all extremely affordable (restaurant pricing equivalent to under $15 dollars each!). Details to come in the next few days – and let’s not forget PORT!!!