Spain and Portugal Wine Pairings

5 fantastic wine pairings with great, regional wines


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Up until recently, my experience with Portuguese wines was very limited, but now I’ve seen the light. I’ve been hearing rumblings of some very good wines being made in Portugal, not just sweet ports but younger, fresher, dry table wines that would challenge some of the best that Europe has to offer. The Quinta do Mouro Tinto is one of those wines. The Tinto is a blend, primarily made from Aragonez, otherwise known as Tempranillo in Spain, with Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon filling out the rest. It’s a gorgeous wine and it makes a great case for dry table wines from Portugal.

What should you pair with it? I could tell you braised or stewed beef, but that would be boring. Instead, try a recipe of Roasted Game Hens with Caramelized Root Vegetables and Dried-Currant Sauce. I know a lot of people have trouble getting around red wine with white meats, but in this case it works. The Tinto is a juicy wine with an elegant structure and it works perfectly with game birds. Don’t be afraid of the currant sauce either, as this wine has the muscle and fruit concentration to handle it.

2007 Quinta do Mouro Tinto- The nose was dark and earthy with tart raspberry, savory herbs, coffee bean, leather and the slightest hint of spicy oak. It was seamless and juicy on the palate with tart fruit saturating the senses, showing intense wild berry, exotic spice and cacao. As it came to a close, notes of red berries continued to excite the palate throughout the mouth-watering finish. (93 points)

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  • Makes me want to get on a plane! Thanks for the great ideas and, as we know, a decent bottle of Cava goes with just about anything!

    Oct 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

  • Snooth User: SM
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    Another great article Mr. Guido. Yes Spanish is often unknown and overlooked by wine lovers, both amateur and knowledge in comparison to places like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Piemonte, etc. In September I went to a wine party where we had a Dinastia Vivanco Crianza 2008 from Rioja. Right away on the nose you could get dark plums and on the palate vanilla, new oak and dark cherries. But the even more amazing wine was a Rioja blend without any of the 'usual suspects' from Rioja. This was from a producer called Casa Roja and it was a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot blend with incredible depth, structure and multi-layered. Probably a Rioja that's not so easy to find, but definitely worth the search.


    Solomon Mengeu

    Oct 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  • great

    Aug 30, 2013 at 2:59 AM

  • wonderful

    Aug 31, 2013 at 5:06 AM

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