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Aluado Alicante Bouschet 2014
Lisboa IGT, Portugal

Love Affair (1939)
Sunday, July 09 @ 08:30 AM (ET)

Leo McCarey’s original version of Love Affair (it would later be remade as An Affair to Remember ) is one of the great Hollywood love stories. Like this highly honored red wine, McCarey and stars Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer were all previous Oscar nominees, and the film picked up six nominations of its own. This bottle’s home country of Portugal also makes an appearance, providing the setting for one of the film’s pivotal and most touching moments.

THE WINE

Alicante Bouschet is one of the only known grapes to have red skin and pulp – this rare characteristic imparts deep color and structure to blends, so it’s highly prized by winemakers. But when the innovative José Neiva bottled it solo (not in a blend), his friends called him aluado – crazy, or moonstruck. José had the last laugh though: this inviting red has earned a slew of international accolades, including three gold medals ( Portugal Wine Trophy, Mundus Vini and Berliner Wein Trophy ) and a 90-Point, Top 100 Best-Buy Rating from Wine Enthusiast. You’d be crazy not to try it!

THE WINEMAKER

José Neiva is “better than anyone at delivering ripe, New World flavors from traditional grapes” (Tim Atkin, MW). José’s talent has earned him heaps of international acclaim, including the Red Wine of the Year Trophy at the IWC (an award he won not once, but twice). He crafts this vibrant, modern red on his own estate, Quinta do Porto Franco, where he’s the fourth generation of his family to make wine.

THE REGION

Wine Spectator writes that in Portugal, “prices are superb and quality has never been better.” Small, family-owned estates (like José’s) really prove their point. Quinta do Porto Franco is near the Lines of Torres Vedras (fortified blockades built in the early 1800s). The vineyards are sun-drenched, but enjoy cooling coastal breezes off the Atlantic, giving the grapes a very long time to ripen.

WITH FOOD

This is a great example of the kind of versatile, extremely drinkable reds that Portugal does so well these days. With layer after layer of flavor, it’s very satisfying to enjoy sipping on its own. Delicious food pairings include peppery roast beef or herb-encrusted rack of lamb. For a hearty Portuguese twist, try feijoada (a traditional bean stew usually prepared with sausage or ham hocks).

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