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Quinta do Espirito Santo 2013
Lisboa Vinho Regional, Portugal

F for Fake (1973)
MONDAY, JULY 31 @ 06:30 PM (ET)

Few filmmakers in Hollywood were as daring and consistently surprising as Orson Welles. His late documentary on art, forgery and illusion, F for Fake (1972), is an under-seen gem. Pair it with this bold red blend from a similarly underrated region of Portugal. Welles may try his best to trick you, but you won’t be misled by this wine’s big fruit flavors.

THE WINE

Portugal made its mark on the wine world hundreds of years ago with Port, but these days its other wines are taking center stage. Just ask José Luis Oliveira da Silva, below. Aside from the major Port producers, his family’s estate is the most awarded in the country. In 2014, this fruit-packed red scooped a gold medal at AWC Vienna, plus silver at the International Wine Challenge. With six months’ aging in oak barrique, it’s ripe, smooth and weighs in at a BIG 15% alcohol.

THE GRAPES

wine-producerTinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo in neighboring Spain) is one of the main grapes used in Port, that famous dessert wine prized for its deep, dark opulence. Here, José marries it with local star Castelão – the most widely planted grape in all of Portugal, prized for its deep color and full-bodied character. Together, these grapes produce a very rich, fruity red with soft tannins and velvety smooth texture.

THE REGION

Portugal’s modern wines are a much underrated ‘breed.’ Their sun-baked indigenous grapes grow on gnarled, old vines that produce wonderful flavors – often at outstanding value prices. In recent years, Portugal’s previously little-known boutique estates have modernized, and are gaining acclaim for their topnotch wines. Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer calls it “the most exciting wine place on the planet today” and says that the country “is now gushing with stunning wines – and yes, stunning deals.”

WITH FOOD

Portugal’s known for its amazing seafood – but with a BIG wine like Quinta do Espirito Santo, you’ll want a heartier dish. Our top picks are Portuguese feijoada (meat and bean stew) or spicy tomato soup with garbanzo beans. Juicy game meat burgers or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin will also be delicious. (Bittersweet dark chocolate would be a nice after-dinner treat!)

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