by Monique Ippolito
Greetings fellow Capital wine lovers! We have had a tough week and we’re still continuing to maneuver through the deep snow. This weather definitely calls for a full-bodied red! Here are five reasons why Vale Do Bomfim is our wine of the week:
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1 – This wine is made from a blend of Portugal’s most esteemed grape varietals hailing from the Symington Family’s Douro Valley Estates. The same blend of grapes traditionally used to produce the family’s prestigious House of Dow’s Port – 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tina Cao. The Vale do Bomfim was originally produced solely for the enjoyment of the family, close friends and their visiting guests. After numerous compliments and eager encouragement, this wine then came to be.
2 – It is rich, bold and tastes amazing! The nose shows clean complex aromas of black plum, cherry, licorice, vanilla, baking spice and smoke. The palate shows a grippy presence but balanced with a luscious acidity. The dominant flavours include: black cherry, vanilla, cedar, chocolate, tobacco and mint.
3 – It is an incredible bargain! This wine offers a well-balanced structure for a fraction of the cost of similar full-bodied red wines. I recommend buying by the case because this wine has tremendous potential for ageing.
4 – It will accompany your Saturday or Sunday roasts very well! This elegant wine is also quite the accompaniment with a romantic setting. It is pleasant on its own while enjoying a low key movie night or with an intimate scrumptious dinner for two.
5 – It pairs well warming winter dishes; from roasts and braises to my personal favourite: butternut squash and chorizo soup topped with grated smoked chedder/gouda.