Most of the red wines coming out of Portugalâ€™s Douro region are on the hefty, manly side. Bordeaux has been the prototype, along with Californian blockbusters. But Iâ€™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 Novaâ€™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 â€˜Pomaresâ€™, Portugal 214007 Vintages $16.95