YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE UNESCO SITE WINE
In 2001 UNESCO classified Portugal’s Douro Valley as a World Heritage site for the beauty of its landscape and natural state. Known as the oldest demarcated Wine Region in the world, the Douro offers an anthropic landscape, a true masterpiece created by the many generations that have lived on this land by perfecting and preserving its culture and traditions. As the production of fortified Port wines has slowed down somewhat, Douro producers are in the fortunate position that the red grape varieties used for port production are excellent for making full bodied dry red wines. The low yielding varietals of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cao give us wines that exhibit intense colour and flavours and good levels of tannin. The Real Companhia Velha was founded on Sept. 10, 1756 by Royal decree and is Portugal’s oldest wine company. Its Evel Tinto, red wine, comes primarily from three of their own best Quintas (vineyards) located around the town Pinhao considered to be the premium center of grape growing in the upper Douro region. Starting with a pronounced ruby red colour with violet tints, aromas of red berries, green tobacco and vanilla from oak aging lead us on to a medium body with soft tannins and a long finish. Pairing it with Churrasco, the Portugese term for grilled beef, will round out the total taste experience. It represents excellent value too, especially during these COVID-19 times which make it necessary for us to enjoy our favourite wines at home.
2016 EVEL DOURO TINTO V190692, $14. 95. (Released: April 18)