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Portinho do Côvo Branco 2018
Vinho Regional Península de Setúbal, Portugal

The Black Stallion (1979)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 @ 12:15 AM (ET)

From grapes grown in seaside vineyards under cool ocean breezes, this white blend shines. Crisp and clean, this wine’s prior vintage was a double-gold winner. It pairs well with this classic story of a boy and his horse whose relationship was also born along the sea. A refreshing tale, The Black Stallion was directed by Carroll Ballard, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and stars Kelly Reno and Mickey Rooney.

THE WINE

Crafted by the renowned Leonor Freitas and her estate’s head winemaker, Jaime Quendera, Portinho do Côvo is dazzling example of Portugal’s modern whites. It marries three native varieties – zingy Verdelho, aromatic Fernão Pires, and wellstructured Antão Vaz – grown in seaside vineyards, where brilliant sunshine and cool ocean breezes help the grapes ripen to perfection. Last vintage, it won a double-gold medal from the China Wine & Spirits Awards. The fresh 2018 edition overflows with equally lovely floral/citrus notes and will shine with seafood.

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_LeonorFreitasCasa Ermelinda Freitas was founded by Deonilde Freitas in 1920. Today, it has grown to 120 hectares and produces some of Portugal’s finest wines. Proprietor Leonor Freitas (left) works tirelessly to ensure that each bottle meets her rigorous quality standards. In fact, the Portuguese government awarded Leonor the title of Comendadora (aka ‘knighthood’) for her service to the wine industry

WITH FOOD

sal_lentilsaladTake inspiration from Portinho do Côvo’s seaside origins and pair it with your favorite seafood dishes. Leonor suggests serving it with lighter white fish, like the local Portuguese staple bacalhau (dried and salted cod). This will also be delicious alongside Mediterranean lentil salads or simple grilled chicken. And, of course, it makes a refreshing aperitif too.

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