If this is a simple table wine, then Portugal is doing plenty right. It is ripe, fruity, accessible, packed with red fruits. But it is also firm, with dry tannins to give structure, a great food wine that demands big winter dishes.
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.