Portugal Delivers New Bargain Red

alandra-colheita-2011-tintoPortugal is challenging Italy in the bargain basement category with its own version of a ‘magnificent seven’. I really like the fresh, frank quality in Alandra, and the lighthearted drink-me feeling of the traditional European café reds. Esporao is one of Portugal’s most modern wineries so naturally you can also expect Alandra to have some of the spicy/sweet personality we’re used to in all of today’s popular wines. Worth checking-out for weeknight suppers and weekend bashes. Could be the next Fuzion!

P.S. On our recent Lisbon trip it was interesting to see how much everyone enjoyed the simple local reds we had with most lunches. Maybe Alandra will prompt you to visit Portugal with us this fall!

ESPORAO 11 ‘Alandra’ Red, Portugal 89961 $7.70

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  • I will definitely be trying this wine. I really enjoy the Italian reds you recommend. My favorite is the 1.5 liter Pasqua Sangiovese. Unbeatable value. Keep up the great work.

  • Good wine – often used as a ‘house red’ here in Portugal.

    Regular price at my local supermarket is €2.12 per 750 ml bottle or €6.99 for a 3 litre bag-in-a-box which works out to €1.75 per 750 ml or about $2.35 in Canuckbucks.
    Inexpensive? Yes, but also be aware that these prices include a 23% sales tax.

  • Agree with your pick. Portugal produces countless numbers of reasonable wines. Having visited Portugal many times, I am well acquainted with many varieties. My ultimate choice is a Douro red, well aged.

  • We are off to Mexico on Saturday, and I am hoping that they will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday!!!!
    Slounche! Ugus Solis.

  • An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you should publish more on this issue, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people do not discuss these topics.
    To the next! All the best!!

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