As you pour for guests, you can tell them the story behind the cool name: Casal Branco dates to the 17th century, and once served as the king of Portugal’s falconry. José’s family (whose surname means ‘wolf’) were the caretakers there. Lobo e Falcão (‘Wolf and Falcon’) is a tribute to them, as they would keep special barrels of their wine tucked away for the king when he stopped by for a visit.
This is a top pick for Asian style meals (noodle bowls or classic pork egg foo young), seafood, vegetarian stews and more. For a local-inspired pairing, try bacalhoada (Portuguese salt cod stew). The classic, hearty dish, made with salt cod, sweet onions, potatoes, olives, eggs and olive oil has lots of complex flavors – a perfect match for Lobo e Falcão.