Stephen Quinn, Digital Development Editor of South China Morning Post, poses to photographer in the studio Thursday, December 29th, 2011, at the SCMP Studio on Leighton Office in Causebay Bay. 29DEC11
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Australian Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal since 1982, and is one of a handful of people responsible for the significant rise in the quality of table wines in that country.Grapes are cofermented with indigenous yeast in small open tanks.Bright confesses he loves viognier because it "has phenolics like syrah, also known as shiraz". He recommends decanting this wine before serving to enhance the perfumed nose. The alfrocheiro grape is sometimes described as Portugal's pinot noir.Four in five wines produced in the Alentejo region are red.This wine received 40 percent new oak.Portugal has always been famous for its blending of grapes – the country has at least 250 varieties. Traditionally some winemakers had no idea of what they were growing, and they simply made wine with the available grapes. Known as roupeiro, siria is the second most planted white grape in Portugal but is seldom offered as a single-variety wine. Bright believes its qualities deserve better recognition.
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