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Quinta do Espírito Santo 2015
Lisboa Vinho Regional, Portugal

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Just as Portuguese winemakers are taking traditional methods in exciting new directions, this popular musical deals with themes of tradition in a changing world. It’s also filled with larger-than-life characters, led by Tevye, the patriarch of a Jewish family whose expectations for his daughters are quickly turned upside down. Pour a glass of this smooth and colorful red and enjoy the complexities of director Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning classic.

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. This fruit-packed red earned 90 points and a Best Buy rating from Wine Enthusiast, who called it a “ripe, impressively rich wine … [with] spice and layers of black fruits.” With six months’ aging in oak, it’s deliciously smooth and perfect for hearty stews.

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.”

THE GRAPES

WM_JoseLuisOliveradaSilva_EspiritodoSantoTinta 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.

WITH FOOD

stew_heartybeansoupPortugal’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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