Movie & Wine Pairing


Valoroso Reserva 2012
Península de Setúbal IGP, Portugal

Love Affair (1939)
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Leo McCarey’s original version of Love Affair (it would later be remade as An Affair to Remember ) is one of the great Hollywood love stories. Like this highly honored red wine, McCarey and stars Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer were all previous Oscar nominees, and the film picked up six nominations of its own. This bottle’s home country of Portugal also makes an appearance, providing the setting for one of the film’s pivotal and most touching moments.


Once known only for Port, “Portugal is arguably the most exciting wine place on the planet today” (Wine Spectator) . Jaime Quendera’s ‘valiant’ Valoroso reds have been a big hit with our customers. This rich Reserva release is also winning over critics – it boasts gold medals from Les Citadelles du Vin Bordeaux and Portugal Wine Trophy . Showcasing five local grapes – like currantrich star Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) – its black fruit flavors are knit together with warming baking spice notes, thanks to a year spent mellowing in French and American oak.


In recent years, Portugal’s previously littleknown, boutique estates have modernized – and their world-class wines are starting to catch the attention of critics like Wine Spectator ’s Matt Kramer: “Portugal is now gushing with stunning wines – and yes, stunning deals. Call me a value hound, but except for a tiny handful of reach-for-the-sky wines, Portugal very likely now offers some of the greatest wine values on the market today.”


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.

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