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Gary Vaynerchuk knows his wine…and apparently so do I

2006 Esporão Reserve Red, Alentejo, Portugal $24.95 LCBO #606590

For those of you who don’t know who Gary Vaynerchuk is, this is a wine guy you need to know about. Gary and his Wine Library TV online video blog have been one of the most powerful forces in the wine world for the past couple of years. He is a 32-year-old whirlwind that is tearing down wine’s snobby traditions. In fact, his enthusiasm and “wine for the people” mentality is a big reason I started this group. So, it was like getting the biggest ego boost when GaryVee gave his two thumbs up on a wine that I fell in love with this week.

The 2006 Esporão Reserve Red is a fantastic red from Portugal’s southern Alentejo region. This blend of Aragonês (a.k.a. Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and the local Trincadeira grape has well integrated flavours of cherries, plums, leather, cedar, and spice. I suggest you marry this wine with a good steak. I had it with a New York strip that was so good I almost wept with joy. (Kind of like when Homer Simpson ate his pet lobster Pinchy…those tears of joy.) As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a sheep’s milk cheese.

The good news about the 2006 Esporão is that it is a Vintages Essential, which means it’s widely available at the LCBO. At $24.95, it’s still a good value, considering many wines far more expensive don’t come close to being as good… but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Portugal, Red Wine, Tempranillo


Portugal is the new red!

2004 Duque de Viseu Vinho Tinto DOC, Dão, Portugal $12.85 LCBO #546309

Want in on a secret? Portugal is the world’s newest hidden location for delicious quality table wines. Over the past 10 years, Portugal has spread its wings and begun to go through a winemaking revolution. Along with its amazing port, it is now producing some fantastic wines from locally grown grapes. The best part for us is that the prices haven’t caught up to the quality.

This week’s wine is a prime example of Portugal’s improved wine making culture. The 2004 Duque De Viseu is a fantastic red wine made from a blend of several grapes dominated by the local varieties of Touriga-National, Tinta-Roriz and Alfrocheiro. To give you some context, these are the same grapes used to make port. The wine has wonderful aromas of red currants and violets and flavours of plum, pepper and oak. This is the perfect wine to pair with churrasco chicken. (If you want to get specific…the chicken from Churrasco on St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto. Even the thought of it makes my mouth water!).

Yet the best part about this wine is the price. At $12.85 this wine taste more like a wine triple the price. This is definitely a wine that I would rush to the LCBO for…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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