Adventurous drinkers, curry lovers and those with a nose for good value will appreciate these wines The choice of Portuguese wines in Hong Kong is fairly limited. Despite the fact that Macau is an hour away by ferry, wines from Portugal are not especially popular with the city's wine drinkers. 'There is really no following of Portuguese wines in Hong Kong,' says Paul Liversedge, general manager of Watson's Wine Cellar. 'There is nothing in Portuguese wine labels and grape names for the Chinese drinkers to recognise like they do with cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux.' People who drink Portuguese wines, he says, are either adventurous drinkers or in search of good value. But in time, the popularity of Portuguese wines will grow. 'Portuguese wines will be well placed to satisfy curious and sophisticated wine drinkers,' he says. Despite the lack of brand recognition, Mr Liversedge says Portuguese wines are a good match for Asian cuisines, especially those with a bit of spice. 'There's a general spicy edge in Portuguese red wines that complements spicy food well,' he says. 'Not Indian curries like chicken madras or vindaloo, but more like tandoori chicken, Mongolian food and spicy Chinese food with pepper.' Watson's Wine Cellar stocks a small but carefully chosen list of six Portuguese wines, including the following: DFJ Dom Ferraz Dao 2000, $118 A blend of two indigenous Portuguese grapes - touriga nacional and jaen - this is a simple and fresh red wine of smooth berry fruit flavour. DFJ Vinhos Segada, Trincadeira-Castelao 2002, $118 This spicy and medium- to full-bodied wine has a ripe fruit character. Chryseia 2001, $650 This is a Bordeaux-style wine made with traditional Douro varietals such as touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta roriz and tinto cao. First launched in 2000, this 2001 vintage has received good reviews for its rounded tannins and blackberry, dark cherry and smoky characters with a dominating chocolate finish. The price is high for a Portuguese wine, and rightly so. For port drinkers, Warre's is one of the most prestigious names. There are a few choices at Watson's, including a Warre's Warrior ($215), ready for immediate drinking without decanting or ageing, and a Warre's 1985 Vintage, going for $998. There are ports good enough to be called vintages only two to three times a decade.