Most of the red wines coming out of Portugal’s Douro region are on the hefty, manly side. Bordeaux has been the prototype, along with Californian blockbusters. But I’m delighted to see that producers are also crafting reds with a more moderate, everyday feeling. Still with character, but suited to the non-beefsteak meals. Quinta Nova’s Pomares is gentle and super friendly but not dummed-down with sweetness. Shades of a bistro wine from somewhere between Burgundy and the Rhone. A perfect partner for roast chicken, earthy pasta or burger.
QUINTA NOVA 11 Douro ‘Pomares’, Portugal 214007 Vintages $16.95