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DAY 23
SECRETS REVEALED
RED BLEND
PORTUGAL

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ABOUT SECRETS REVEALED

Unveil the hidden treasures of Portugal's winemaking heritage with Secrets Revealed, a captivating red blend that whispers tales of tradition and innovation. Discover lush notes of dark berries, velvety tannins, and a hint of spice, as each sip reveals the depth of Portugal's terroir. Let Secrets Revealed be your guide to the mysteries of Portuguese wine culture.

 

ABOUT PORTUGUESE RED BLENDS

Portuguese red blend wines offer a captivating tapestry of flavors and textures, reflecting the country’s rich winemaking traditions and diverse grape varieties. These blends often incorporate indigenous grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), and Tinta Barroca, among others, each contributing unique characteristics to the final wine. Typically crafted with a focus on balance and complexity, Portuguese red blends showcase a spectrum of aromas ranging from ripe dark fruits such as blackberry and plum to floral hints and earthy nuances. Depending on the region, wines can vary from bold and structured in the Douro Valley to softer and fruit-driven in regions like Alentejo or Dão. These wines are versatile at the table, pairing wonderfully with a variety of dishes from hearty stews and grilled meats to soft cheeses and even chocolate desserts. Portuguese red blends offer wine enthusiasts a glimpse into the country’s diverse terroirs and a taste of its longstanding commitment to producing wines of exceptional quality and character.

 

FOOD PAIRINGS

Here are five excellent food pairings for Portuguese red blends:
 

  1. Bacalhau à Brás (Portuguese Salted Cod): The rich, savory flavors of Bacalhau à Brás, a traditional Portuguese dish made with salted cod, potatoes, onions, and eggs, complement the robust and earthy tones of Portuguese red blends. The wine’s structured tannins and dark fruit flavors provide a delightful contrast to the dish’s saltiness and richness.
     

  2. Feijoada (Brazilian Bean Stew): This hearty stew, popular in both Portugal and Brazil, features black beans cooked with various cuts of pork and beef. The savory and smoky flavors of Feijoada harmonize with the wine’s depth and complexity, while its acidity cuts through the dish’s richness, creating a balanced and satisfying pairing.
     

  3. Alheira de Mirandela (Portuguese Game Sausage): Alheira de Mirandela, a traditional smoked sausage made with game meats such as rabbit and poultry, pairs well with Portuguese red blends. The wine’s fruitiness and spice complement the smoky flavors of the sausage, offering a robust and flavorful combination.
     

  4. Piri Piri Chicken: Grilled or roasted chicken marinated in spicy Piri Piri sauce brings out the fruit-forward and peppery notes of Portuguese red blends. The wine’s acidity and tannins balance the dish’s heat while enhancing its flavors, creating a vibrant and satisfying pairing.
     

  5. Queijo da Serra (Portuguese Mountain Cheese): The nutty, creamy flavors of Queijo da Serra, a soft and aromatic cheese from Portugal’s mountainous regions, pair beautifully with Portuguese red blends. The wine’s ripe fruit flavors and structured tannins complement the cheese’s richness, offering a luxurious and enjoyable tasting experience.

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