The Portuguese have been making red wine alongside the famous port of their region for a long time, and recently the Douro wines, from the same region, have been getting more attention.
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What you should know
The wine is made using a similar blend of grapes to port, most of which are unheard of in the rest of the world.
The wines can be medium to full bodied with lots of dark fruit flavours like blackcurrants and often a sweet hint of vanilla. The flavours aren’t dissimilar from a Rioja or Malbec.
The tannins and acidity can be quite high which make these good wines for food.
You won’t find a whole shelf of these in most shops you will find some and for under a tenner they offer great value for money.
Top tip – let your friends try it ‘blind’ and see if anyone can guess it.
Not only does this wine taste great it also looks really impressive. It has dinner party written all over it. There is a creat combination of tannins (for the food) and berry flavours wrapped up with a bit of oak. A steal!