There was a time I used to think that since there’s so much to know and learn about wine, I might as well stick with French wines only and not waste my time and money on any other kind. French wines were supposed to be the best, right? So, why bother with what else was out there! For years I was faithful to this idea till I took a series of wine appreciation courses. I still remember the introductory course I went for. It consisted of a series of five mini-courses on the Old World (from Europe) and the New World (from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and United States) wines. I was pretty astonished at the quality out there, and there was no looking back for me. Gone was my stuffy attitude and as I moved past ‘drinking only French’, I started looking for the good value table wines.
One such that I found is the Portuguese Dão Meia Encosta. Here’s a close up of the label of the wine I had yesterday, so you can see and appreciate the Portuguese accents on the words :)! Dão is a Portuguese wine region situated in the Região Demarcada do Dão in the Dão-Lafões sub region of the Centro, Portugal. It is one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal.Wine prices in Quebec tend to be much higher than in the other Canadian provinces, in the U.S. and Europe. Despite that, at CA$11.50 this is wonderful spicy wine to drink with meals. It is ruby red, and on the nose are hints of cherries, mint, cinnamon, and pepper. It has enough tannins to beautifully round it off.
Recommended food pairings are grilled meats, chicken, fish, medium cheeses and I would add grilled vegetables to the range. On your next visit to the liquor store, remember to bring home a bottle. When you’re having one of the above mentioned dishes, cool the bottle to 12 – 16 degrees, decant for about 20 – 30 minutes and you’re all set to enjoy a very lovely wine. Saude!*
*Saude, pronounced ‘sah-oo jee’ is ‘Cheers’ in Portuguese 🙂