Dao not Douro, Duque De Viseu Tinto (Red) 2002, No Fado for WBW#38

Douro or Dao that was the question staring at me in the hours leading to making the final cut for this October edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, #38 that is.

Thanks to Gabriella and Ryan of Catavino for offering the theme of Portuguese Table Wines.
As I said before I have to confess my neglect up to now of Portuguese wines.
They are often shadowed by their neighbors from Spain.

Portuguese wines usually offer great value and since the country joined the European Union, they have benefited from improved savoir faire and changed in style most of them for the better.

My pick the Duque de Viseu Tinto (2002) comes from the Dao region in North Central Portugal.     

A blend of 4 grapes, Touriga Nacional (considered the best Portuguese red grape variety), Tinta Roriz, Jaen and Alfrocheiro Preito, this Duque de Viseu offers a combination of fruit and peppery scents.
Some might describe its style as a little Burgundy.

Food wise, it is a good companion for many cuts of meat, chicken and my favorite snack, cheese.

It is made at Quinta dos Carvalhais (described here on Wine Anorak) with fruit sourced from that property and a number of private growers from the area.

Do read Darryl Roberts piece on Portugal's Prominent Wine Regions penned for Wine X.

The wine retails for around $10.

Some people such as Howard Goldberg were singing the praise of Portuguese Wines From Small Estates as far back as 1993 (NY Times).

Related Stories: Got Top NY Times 'Happiness for $10 and Under' Wine Pick (Padre Pedro, Portugal) for $5.99 and Life beyond Port

Previous Post

Baking for Good: 'Cupcakes for A Cause' Week benefits 'Cancercare for Kids'

Oct 9
Continuing my Eating and Drinking for a Good Cause series, I thought I should give a quick plug in for Cupcakes for A Cause Week. The event takes place from October 15 to 21 and participating bakeries (in the US) will donate part of the proceeds to Cancercare for Kids an organization that provides much needed support to Kids and Families affected by Cancer. If you don't like Cupcakes, cannot eat them for health reasons...
Next Post

Get Real...In Paris...with 'Meeting the French'...Travel with a Twist

Oct 10
You might have gotten tired of taking vacations where you are just a tourist amongst tourists force fed tourist spots or worse tourist traps. I just found a great alternative to boredom, ennui, repetition. Want to discover the Real Paris and hang out with people who work and live there, you can do that now thanks to Meeting the French. Here is how they describe their service: "Meeting the French opens the doors of intimate...