The Wines (some) of Jose Maria de Fonseca, A Somewhat Definitive Guide
I haven’t written much lately because, frankly, there hasn’t been much that I experienced that excited me. Besides, it’s a lot of work and I don’t get paid for it (see note at column’s bottom as to why I choose not to). I have been posting short reviews and industry news on my Facebook page, several of them about the wines of Portugal – call it my “Portuguese re-phase”- so when I got an invite to meet with senior winemaker Domingos Soares Franco of Bodega Jose Maria da Fonseca, it took me all of a millisecond to accept, and I became excited again.
We met at avec in Chicago in May with other wine professionals where I felt guiltless in monopolizing his time. Domingos is passionate about wine. Passion translates into good product and his wines are beyond that. We tasted several wines and I think the best approach today is simply to start at the beginning and go forward with each of the wines tasted.