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“Portuguese, If You Please!” October 2016 Urban Sampler


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“Portuguese, If You Please!” Urban Sampler 

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50


October welcomes back sweater weather and fall festivities such as Oktoberfest, Leaf-Peeping and Trick-or-Treating! What better what better way to celebrate than with October’s “Portuguese, If You Please” Urban Sampler? Because Portugal’s wine culture developed in relative isolation, there are many grape varieties that do not grow anywhere else in the world. The vast majority of wines in Portugal come from indigenous grapes that are delicious to drink and are easy on the wallet. Many wine experts feel Portugal is the last frontier of wine in Western Europe. There is still so much to be discovered. Portugal offers so much excitement, we packaged up our favorites for you to try! Grab some pao de Mafra and some charcuterie and enjoy this month’s Urban Sampler, the perfect pairing to any festive fall festivity!


2015 Beyra Vinho Branco (Beira Interior, Portugal)

Roupeiro and Fonte Cal

This fresh wine offers citrus fruitiness, white flowers, and great acidity on the palate, stemming from the altitude of the vineyards. The soul of this wine lies in the unique combination of the Síria and Fonte Cal native grape varieties. This wine would be excellent as an aperitif, with appetizers, or to share with friends!


2015 Compania de Vinos del Atlantico “Asnella” Single Vineyard Vinho Verde (Basto, Portugal)

60% Arinto, 40% Loureiro

Fan favorite alert! Asnella is a single vineyard Vinho Verde that exposes an unexplored side of the Vinho Verde DOC. In addition to the delicious, lightly effervescent aperitif-style wines that are most frequently exported from this part of Northern Portugal, there is a whole category of terroir-driven, artisan wines that has heretofore gone unnoticed. The flinty minerality and bright fruit on the Asnella make it an ideal pair for oysters, as well as shrimp, clams, mussels and other seafood.


2013 Quinta do Crasto “Flor de Crasto” (Douro, Portugal)

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional

A lip-smacking blend of Portuguese star grapes! This wine is would be perfect to sip on while watching the leaves change. It’s medium bodied, fruity and dry with fresh acidity. Abundant aromas and flavors of ripe berries with a touch of spice! Great pairing with beef empanadas, or lamb with garlic and rosemary, YUM!


2013 Casa Ferreirinha “Esteva” (Douro Valley, Portugal)

35% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional

Esteva comes from the Northern Douro region and is majority Tinta Roiz (also know as Tempranillo in Spain!). It’s a ruby-colored wine with an intense bouquet, rich in ripe red berries, floral notes, and woody aromas. Expect fine structure with well-integrated tannins, red berries and a hint of pepper! Try pairing with some baby back ribs, or aged cheeses!


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