I’ve been a big fan of the red wines of Portugal for years and they continue to impress me not only for the sheer quality, but also for the value. So many of the wines continue to be value-priced, making Portugal my perennial price-quality ratio champion.

Of course, saying you like the wines of Portugal is like saying you like the wines of Italy, which I also do; but both countries are very broad and produce wines in a huge range of styles.  Portugal has many regions that produce great wines. The Douro, for example, is world-renowned primarily for the port wines produced there, but increasingly for the dry red wines as well. Today’s tasting takes a brief look at one of the merging powerhouses of Portuguese wines: Alentejo. I tasted eight wines, all but one can regularly be found for less than $10 a bottle and even the premium bottle is just twice the price – a relative value, nonetheless. The question is, is it worth it?