Beyra is a high country, cool climate, region south of Porto, so the wines have a lighter touch than most Portuguese reds. This Madeira guy is highly regarded for bringing modern touches, and some “˜class’ to the Portuguese wine scene ““ and you’ll find a suggestion of Pinot in this creation. I recall how well it worked at a gourmet burger joint in Lisbon. Lightly chilled of course.
RUI ROBOREDO MADEIRA 14 Beyra, Portugal 408120 Vintages $12.95
Reds from the Douro region tend to be modeled on Bordeaux ““ austere, medium-bodied, and crying out for a meat partner in order to show their stuff. As in cutting the grease and keeping the palate refreshed. Think workhorse, as opposed to nice wine. Best with grilled or roasted red meat.
QUINTA do PORTAL 14 “˜Frontaria’, Douro, Portugal 324533 Vintages $14.95