Appointed as the Portugal wine reviewer for The Wine Advocate in 2006, Mark Squires is coming up on 11 years of covering this wine region. Squires recalls that he had been interested in Portugal’s wines long before he officially started reviewing them.
His interest and pursuit of wine dates back to the mid-1990s, “when I had my own website…what would now be called a blog.” Squires says he eventually gave up on the idea at the time because he wasn’t sure there was enough interest, and he was also still working full-time as a lawyer. “I didn’t really have the ability to start taking off and going to Portugal all the time.”
Luckily—for all of us—things have changed a lot since the mid-1990s. Just looking at Portugal, Squires now has over 6,000 wine reviews logged in The Wine Advocate’s archives and has been featured in several Portuguese wine magazines. Most recently, he was featured in the July issue of Revista de Vinhos—A Essência do Vinho, which roughly translates to Wine Magazine—The Essence of Wine. You can watch a short video of the interview here. (Just select English subtitles in settings.)
In anticipation of his Portugal reports that will be published in the upcoming August Issue of The Wine Advocate, we’ve turned the spotlight on Mark Squires here as well to get his views and insight on the current state of Portuguese wine.