FOR THE LOVE OF SMOOTH & SPICY
If my job was to get you drinking Portuguese reds, I’d drag you around the Alentejo region – where it’s impossible not to fall in love with the reds. And the region too, but that’s another story. Generally speaking, Alentejo could be called Portugal’s New World due to the hot, dry climate and size of some of the wineries. While yummy ripe flavours and spicyness are part of experience, Alentejo reds are also their own thing, thanks to blending of indigenous grapes, and a commitment to preserving a local voice. As regular readers know, I find New World reds to be too predictable – lacking in adventure, just like going to The Keg. But as Kato and I drove around the Alentejo this February, we were treated to adventure after adventure.
For sure there as a crowd-pleasing side to this wine, but with a lot more personality than what’s generally making the rounds today. The spicy/smoky flavours in Guadalupe (our Lady of) should nestle-up-nicely to your favourite lamb dish. Or plan ahead for the BBQ’d meat season. Lightly chill.
QUINTA do QUETZAL 17 Alentejo ‘Quadalupe’, Portugal 336313 Vintages $13.95