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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Why can’t I see any references to Portuguese wines in Wine Spectator? We have excellent wines in our regions: Douro, Alentejo, Lisboa, Dão, Setúbal, Algarve ...

—Jorge B., Portugal

Dear Jorge,

You’re right about the excellent wines of Portugal, and we actually do review many of them. Let me point out a few places where you can find them. (This information applies not just to Portuguese wines, but any category of wines you might be interested in.)

First off, if you’re looking in the magazine, you can check for reviews in the Buying Guide section, toward the back of each issue. But as is true of many regions, there aren’t necessarily going to be wines from Portugal in every single issue. While we print reviews of all types of wines throughout the year, the mix of wines will vary over time. If you only pick up the magazine now and again, you might miss your favorite wines—so be sure to read every single issue!

In addition to reviews of new releases, senior editor Kim Marcus writes an annual report on Portugal, which summarizes all the Portuguese wines he’s tasted since the previous annual report. Our full online archive is just for WineSpectator.com members, but we also offer a free alphabetical chart of all the wines he tasted for that report.

There are also plenty of mentions of Portuguese wines on our website, even if you don’t always see Portugal in the headlines. To look up reviews, members can go to the “Find a Wine Rating” search bar on the home page and type in “Portugal,” and you’ll come back with thousands of reviews. To narrow the search, you can also type in specific vintages or producers, or have fun with our Wine Ratings Search and its advanced functions. To look up other mentions of Portugal, just do a general search on our site, and you’ll find videos, tasting highlights and news stories about Portugal and its wines.

—Dr. Vinny


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