Each Friday, #Ottawa sommelier Monique Ippolito introduces us to a new wine worth savouring and sharing. #wotw
by Monique Ippolito
Greetings fellow wine lovers! It is an exciting weekend for many of us celebrating love and family. As an honoured contributor to Ottawa Family Living Magazine and Coyle Publishing, I would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day, a Happy Family Day long weekend and share with you my notes for a fitting wine for us this week.
Here are five reasons why Vale Do Bomfim is our wine of the week:
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1 – It comes from a remarkable family. 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 is slightly grippy but 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 aging.
4 – It will accompany your Valentine’s Day plans very well! This elegant wine is quite the accompaniment to a romantic setting. It is quite 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 cheddar/gouda.