June Featured Wines – 2016 Mapreco Vinho Verde Rose, Minho, Portugal & 2014 Quinta da Alorna, Cardal Red, Tejo, Portugal

2016 Mapreco Vinho Verde Rose, Minho, Portugal                              $11

2016 Mapreco Vinho Verde Rose may confuse your understanding of Vinho Verde or “green” wines from the cool and damp Minho Region in the north west above Porto. We have featured another Mapreco Vinho Verde that is a white blend. The 2016 Mapreco Rose is made from dark skinned Espadeiro grapes which are primarily used for “green” wines. This is a lovely blush wine with aromas and tastes of red currant and  fresh fruits with some acidity and a finish with a refreshing effervescence. Slight sweetness  is balanced by the wine’s acidity. This is an excellent pairing for lobster and shellfish. Alcohol: 10.5%


2014 Quinta da Alorna, Cardal Vino Tinto, Tejo, Portugal                  $10

2014 Quinta da Alorna, Cardal Red comes from from the Teho Region which is just east of Lisbon. This is a warm, dry region that to the Portuguese  means the land of vineyards, olive groves, cork forests, Mertolengo cattle, and the famous Lusitano horses. This wine is made from Touriga Nacional, Castelão, and Trincadeira grapes. Ripe red fruit aromas such as plums and floral hints come from the Touriga. This is a full-bodied wine with soft tannins. I suggest letting it breathe to open the fullness. Consider this as a great pairing for grilled meat. Alcohol: 13%


Wines of the Month – 2013 Conde Villar Vinho Verde Rose & 2012 Tapada de Villar Tinto/Red, Portugal

Conde Villar Rose2013 Conde Villar Vinho Verde Rose, Portugal  $11

This rose has been selected for September as a salute to the last days of summer. This wine is a bright raspberry color. It is made from Espadeiro grapes that are hand picked and immediately crushed to capture fresh aromas. Even with the light fizz characteristic of Vinho Verdes, this wine is smooth and creamy. As with all Vinho Verdes, this wine needs to be enjoyed within 2 years of bottling. That time is now! Try it as an aperitif or with grilled fish or a salad. Alcohol: 11.5%


Tapada de Villar2012 Tapada de Villar Tinto/Red, Portugal $13

Our red selection for September is 2012 Tapada de Villar Tinto/Red from the Alentejo region. This very dark ruby wine is made from 4 grapes – Alicante Bouschet, Tourga Nacional, Aragonez and Trincadbra – harvested at night to avoid high temperatures. The nose of the wine is rich with spices and dark fruit. This full-bodied red offers pronounced notes of red berries, dark stone fruit and hints of earth. The tannins are very soft. No rush to enjoy this wine but it is a great pairing for summer’s grilled meats and sausages. Alcohol: 14%