Portugal makes dozens of different kinds of wine from an array of little-known grapes. That may seem daunting—until you pull a cork. Then it’s clear that most of these bottles are extremely approachable. “I fell in love with Portugal after visiting the wineries and meeting the owners. They’re always incredibly warm and hospitable,” says Fat Rice’s Craig Perman. “And their wines are amazingly versatile with food.” Here, his favorite wines to pair with petiscos.
2014 Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto ($12) Up-and-coming wine talent Sandra Tavares da Silva makes this fruity white with grapes from her family’s 110-acre farm north of Lisbon.
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2010 Quinta do Infantado Douro Tinto Organic ($18) Perman says he loves the bright juiciness of this organic Douro red, from one of the first small estates to start producing wines in the Douro Valley.