This bold red wine from Portugal first grabbed our attention when we saw its super cool cork label. Then when we saw its dark mouthwatering garnet color splash into the glass and tasted its juicy goodness, we knew we had found something really special. Over the last 20 years Portugal has invested millions of dollars into improving the quality and expanding the quantity of dry table wines being exported and that has caught the attention of wine enthusiasts who recognize the incredible values that can still be found there. São Miguel do Sul’s Red is a great example of one of these amazing buys and perfectly expresses the warm sun drenched Alentejo region where it’s produced. This is a ripe, inky wine with aromas of plump red fruits and toasted spices that over delivers with mouth filling black forest fruits, plum, espresso and smoke. Soft tannins with a lift of acidity make the wine fresh and easy to drink and keep you going back for another sip. Grapes: 50% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 30% Alicante Bouschet, 15% Trincadeira, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Land of Cork” The Alentejo region of southern Portugal is known as the “land of cork” because its cork forests supply about 50% of the world’s wine corks, but it is also Portugal’s largest wine region and “breadbasket” supplying most of the country’s grains, olive oil, beef and pork. São Miguel created this wine to show their family’s commitment to preserving the Cork Oak forests of Alentejo which ranks among Europe’s top biodiversity hotspots.