Movie & Wine Pairing


Giesta 2015
Dão DOC, Portugal

42nd Street (1933)
DECEMBER 16 @ 08:15 AM (ET)

Spicy like pre-code innuendo, bright and full of flavor like Busby Berkeley’s extraordinary choreography, this succulent and elegant red finds its match in Warner Bros.’ 42nd Street (1933). Just as Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler) went out a youngster and came back a star, this Portuguese Dão may be flying under the radar, but is sure to be a hit. When the film reaches its musical climax, count on this Giesta for a fruity and completely satisfying finish.


“Once Portugal’s most famous red, Dão is now softer, fruitier, and very much back in fashion,” says top critic Oz Clarke, who’s a big fan of Giesta. And few winemakers are better suited to give you a taste than the talented Nuno Cancela de Abreu. You’re in for a real treat with the 2015 release of Giesta, which sports layers of spicy, red-fruit flavor and a coveted gold medal from Portugal Wine Trophy. One sip and you’ll see why this beauty’s always a customer favorite – and why Wine Spectator calls Portugal “the most exciting wine place on the planet today.”


We’re proud of our long-standing friendship with Nuno Cancela de Abreu. “My family has made wine for four generations. Thanks to their passion and the sense of responsibility they engendered, I inherited a love of Dão wines,” says Nuno. Fun fact: in Portuguese, giesta means ‘broom,’ and is a reference to the region’s prolific wild shrub, easily identified by its long, yellow flowers.


WM_NunoCanceladeAbreuDão is one of Portugal’s oldest regions, yet only 5% of the land is planted to vines. However, the story’s about quality, not quantity. Grapes here are known for their excellent acidity, ideal for producing bright-fruited reds. Giesta is crafted with Touriga Nacional (star Port grape), Tinta Roriz, and Jaen (also known as Tempranillo and Mencía in neighboring Spain).


pork_chopPortugal made its mark on the wine world hundreds of years ago with Port. Save that delicious fortified wine for dessert, and serve Giesta with dinner, especially if pork is on the menu. Try chouriço (smoked sausage) or chops. Another big hit: a meaty stew of clams, mussels, sausage, and onions, cooked to perfection in a traditional cataplana (akin to a Dutch oven).

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