Portuguese people living abroad know the struggle of finding quality Portuguese products easily, especially if you happen to live outside of big Portuguese community areas. So you can imagine my joy when I discovered a brand new company that distributes Portuguese wines where I live, in Pennsylvania.
I met Cristian, the founder of Silver Coast Imports, in person to get to know his backstory… and to sample some wines, of course. Even though he was raised in the US, he feels strongly about his Portuguese roots and has always been proud of his heritage. I can completely relate to wanting to share a piece of Portugal with people who might otherwise know nothing about it. With me, it meant writing a travel blog; Cristian chose wines. The company was named after the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast), the coastal area between the greater Lisbon area and the greater Porto area, extending probably around 60-70 km inland. Not only does that region hold a special place in Cristian’s heart, it also produces some great wines.
After tasting a couple of the vinho verde wines, I was hooked. I’m a big fan of vinho verde, and Silver Coast Imports have several of these on their catalog. I wasn’t familiar with any of the wine producers that they carry, because their wines all come from several smaller, family-run vineyards. And who doesn’t love a good boutique wine? I can’t wait to introduce these wines (some of which are award-winners at international competitions) to my American friends. I’m already taking four bottles for Easter celebrations this weekend. Even though they may not be on the shelves of your local PA wine store, you can already order them at any Fine Wine & Good Spirits store by providing the reference numbers of the wines you want (found on the website).
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing some Silver Coast Imports wines at your local bar in the Philadelphia and Bucks County areas. You can already find them at Tria, The Good King Tavern and Jet Wine Bar (with a few more to be announced). It’s only a matter of time before Portuguese wines have conquered all the wine lists in town.