Quinta do Encontro is in the Bairrada region on the central coast of Portugal—an area well know for sparkling wines. This blend of Arinto, Bical and the red Baga is crisp, yeasty and with a fine balance between its ripe fruits and the touches of toast and acidity. This gives the wine a good sense of maturity and it's certainly ready to drink.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.