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Portinho do Côvo 2018
Península de Setúbal IGP, Portugal

Mean Streets (1973)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 10:00 PM (ET)

Rich and fulfilling, previous vintages of this hearty red have been multi-award winners. The deft skill behind this finely crafted wine matches well with Martin Scorsese’s break-out film featuring career-making performances by Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

THE WINE

Crafted by one of Portugal’s elite winemakers, Jaime Quendera, this luscious red showcases Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet – star Portuguese grapes – and international Syrah. The inaugural release was rated ‘Best in Class’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and the previous vintage won a double-gold medal at the China Wine & Spirits Awards. Made with grapes harvested from vineyards first planted in the 1900s (between Lisbon and the harbor of Porto Côvo), the new 2018 edition brims with ripe black fruit and has a rich, full body.

THE COUNTRY

In recent years, Portugal’s previously littleknown, boutique estates have modernized – and their world-class wines are starting to catch the attention of critics like Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: “Portugal is now gushing with stunning wines – and yes, stunning deals. Call me a value hound, but except for a tiny handful of reach-for-the-sky wines, Portugal very likely now offers some of the greatest wine values on the market today.”

THE ESTATE

WM_JaimeQuenderaThrough his deft skill with Portugal’s unique native grapes as well as international varieties, Jaime (pictured left) has really helped to bring Portugal’s superb dry reds into the mainstream. He works his magic at top estate Casa Ermelinda Freitas, whose owner, fourth-generation Leonor, was named ‘Comendadora’ (the equivalent of knighthood) by the government for her services to the wine industry.

WITH FOOD

bbq_braisedbeefshortribsThis rich, rounded, and mouthfilling red will make a fantastic match for equally hearty meat dishes. If you’re a barbecue fan, everything from saucy pork ribs to juicy sausages will work deliciously. Yankee pot roast or braised venison loin would also be great. Vegetarian? Try Portinho do Côvo with a black bean (or portobello mushroom) burger.

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