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Portuguese reds: The most underrated wine on liquor store shelves

Try with meaty pasta dishes, beef stew and grilled chicken.

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Portugal flies so far under the radar of most wine drinkers that, unless you’re Portuguese, it barely registers. With fortified port, Vinho Verde whites and Mateus rosé its stock in trade, Portugal comes across as more of a novelty act than a “serious” winemaker.

That’s why its tasty reds top my list as the most undiscovered wines on liquor store shelves. They offer appealing new-wave flavours (that give Italian reds a run for their drinkability) at very reasonable prices.

First produced in 1850, José Maria da Fonseca Periquita Original ($7.79 -$12.49) was Portugal’s first branded wine.
The 2013 vintage, made from a blend of Castelão, Trincadeira and Aragonês, is a smooth, lightly tannic mix of wild dark berries.

Try with meaty pasta dishes, beef stew and grilled chicken.  

Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces.