By combining Portugal’s unique indigenous grapes with 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.
This 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 Valoroso with a black bean (or portobello mushroom) burger.