PORTUGAL : ALTENEJO : PORTALEGRE
Grand Noir de la Calmette, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Castelão, Aragónez, Arinto, Fernão Pires
MED-BODIED, STRAWBERRY, BLACK CHERRY, ORANGE PEEL, LICORICE, EARTH, USED OAKThe complex, elegant, and even — dare we say it — Burgundian (??) wines of Vitor Claro and Rita Ferreira at Dominó Winery come from a small, old vine vineyard of co-planted varietals in the Portalegre district of Alentejo, which is known for its uniquely cool climate in an otherwise warm region. ‘Salão Frio’ is their first — and, to date, most important — wine. A true pleasure to drink, it pairs well with a remarkable range of flavors, and is blessedly only about 11% alcohol (because just one glass is certainly not enough).
FOOD PAIRING: Thanksgiving
UNITED STATES : OREGON
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
LIGHT-BODIED, LIGHTLY SWEET, WILD-STRAWBERRY, GRAPEFRUIT, WATERMELON, TART CHERRY, NO OAK
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California : Contra Costa
Fruit is very well balanced between black cherry, blackberry, and cassis. Dark and full-bodied beauty, with a long, slightly peppery finish and just a touch of violets.
ITALY : ABRUZZO : MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO