The wines of Portugal that most people know are Port and Vinho Verde. However, there are many wonderful wines, often made from a blend of grapes that you should consider. Beside the fair prices the wines can be delicious making for a great value. One such wine is the Quinta de Saes Tinto ($19.99).

This wine is from the Dao in North-central Portugal. It is made from a true field blend of all estate vines that are sustainably farmed and naturally fermented with indigenous yeasts. The approximate blend is 25% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 25% Touriga Nacional (Portugal’s most precious grape), 25% Alfrocheiro, and 25% Jaen (Mencia).

From the onset of explosive aromatics of fresh red fruits and flowers, you know you are in for a treat. Pure red berry flavors follow, laced with bright minerals from the granite-based soils. This medium-bodied wine with low tannins, noticeable acidity and a slightly spicy finish pairs wonderfully with Charcuterie, roasted poultry and dishes with mushrooms. This wine reminds me of the wild aromatics and minerality you get in a Piemonte Nebbiolo, combined with the bright juiciness you might find in an Oregon Pinot.

Pick up a bottle of Quinta de Saes or any of our fantastic and affordable Portuguese wines.


Bryant Roth

Wine Buyer