"True wine enthusiasts don’t collect wines.
They collect memories of wines shared with friends and family."

-Dario Zucconi

Friday, October 14, 2011

Altano Douro: A Delicious Red Wine from Portugal

If you are near a Cost Plus World Market, and are in the mood for trying a new wine, I highly recommend that you pick up a bottle of the Altano Douro (Reserva 2006).  This is a wine from Portugal.  I picked up a bottle last weekend while I was at Cost Plus just because I wanted to try something new.  It was normally $15, but it was on sale for $10.

Tonight, Patrick and I opened it up and we had it with some pizza (Fennel sausage and Portabella mushrooms).  It was very delicious -- Just what I needed after my draining, energy-sucking, and mentally exhausting two days I had at my deposition in Sacramento.  This wine is medium bodied, smooth on the palate, dark ruby colored in the glass, and has a very inviting aroma.  I actually want to go back to Cost Plus and pick up a few more bottles.  It's a wonderful and inexpensive red wine to keep on hand for those "end of the week" dinners, mid-week dinners, and casual get-together/catching up with friends.

The New York Times did a story on the Douro a couple of years ago.  Check it out:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/dining/reviews/14wine.html


Until next time . . . Cheers! ZinAdel

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