Foral d’Óbidos experience

Summer vacation for a Sommelier may include a good break with the beach and a cold beer, but it’s difficult to take a break from our love of wine. For me, I find it a nice way to taste some new wines in a relaxing environment at a leisured pace with some good food.
Another wine I had on vacation earlier this month at the beach in Comporta, was a Lisbon region based white, the 2013 Foral d’Obidos, from winemaker Jorge Carvalho. It is a blend of two non-Portuguese varietals, Chardonnay and Viognier, which have started to be grown and produced in the Lisbon and and Southern Portugal regions in recent years. The wine had a cold fermentation with skin contact in inox cuvées, giving it both a light mineral hit in the beginning, which also comes from Obidos’ proximity to the coast, while rounding it off at the end with a silky body and riper fruit flavors from heavier Chardonnay and Viognier grape profiles.
I would have loved to have paired or even married this wine with a Lisbon famous dish of ameijoas à Bulhão Pato- clams cooked in lemon, garlic, white wine, olive oil and fresh coriander, but instead I drank it with the homemade churrasco-grilled chicken we had at the beach house (along with my previously mentioned Alentejano white), and it paired quite nice as well. I could also see this with some good grilled white fish and seafood. Definitely drink up the 2013 now, I am hoping the Foral d’Obidos’ newer vintages will project an even better freshness and crisp taste.
Cheers to a white from the land of Ginja!
Andrea Smith