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.
Tinta 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.