Taking a Detour

We all need a change from our regular habits, and that includes our wine choices. So forget your favourites for one night and take a chance on something else ““ such as the newly arrived Quartetto red from Portugal. This is a great country to visit for detours because their wines are a little different. And inexpensive.

While Portugal is a progressive wine country, it has mainly stayed true to its roots as far as grape varieties. Instead of Merlot and Cab, wines are from indigenous grapes ““ in this case it’s Aragonez. Quartetto is rustic, delivering refreshing vitality along with earthy flavours. Think Portuguese Chianti! A classic bistro red and one of the LCBO’s best newcomers. Attractive label too, so you won’t look cheap!

MONTE DA CAL ’08 “˜QUARTETTO’, Alentejano, Portugal 253880 $8.85

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